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#1 Heartsongs777

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 07:44 AM

Hello all,

I'm in the process of putting together some old PC systems that I have this being the first of several.

 

I have a Dell Dimension 4600 Desktop Computer with a Pentium 4 processor. I'm using the original motherboard, CD ROMS (2) Master & Slave, and the original case. I also am using the built in Video card. I have not installed any other card yet. Not till I hopefully get past this first issue.

 

When I boot with any of the memory sticks, I get a blank screen. Now in the back of the unit I have 4 lights, A-B-C-D that show error codes. On 3 of the 4 memory sticks I used, (using only 1 at a time), the first two lights, A & B are yellow, and C & D are green. The service manual states: "Memory modules are detected, but a memory failure has occurred." .

 

 I also get some "beep codes" when I boot up as well. It seems like I hear  "1 - 3 - 2"

The closest to the code I found was the following: "1-3-1 through 2-4-4" which means: "Memory not being properly identified or used"

 

 

The 4th one gave me A & C were green, and B & D were yellow which translates: "configuration or compatibility error exists".

The beep codes seemed to stay the same.

 

At this point, I'm not sure what to do. I can't even get to my bios.

 

I'm almost certain the memory I have is fine, but just in case, I'll confirm it by finding another board that I can test them in and make sure they check out ok. 

 

What would be my next step with my memory checking out ok in another system? 

 

Thank you so much in advance for your help!



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:42 PM

if your memory tests out fine in another system, then your motherboard is toast. Problem is, either way, unless you have access to old parts, that system probably isnt worth spending the money on it, you can buy another used 4600 for $60 online, and thats about how much another motherboard or ram from that era will cost.


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Posted 16 April 2016 - 03:28 PM

I'd begin with a CMOS battery replacement if you haven't already.  Then, with one memory card inserted and video from the onboard port if it has one, not the plug in card.  Actually, remove the video card while trying to get the BIOS display on the screen. 



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 04:22 PM

That Pc is from 2003 and not only requires PC2700 memory; but, also further, must be low density meaning the dimm's ought to have 8-16+ memory chips mounted on them or they probably won't work.
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Posted 24 April 2016 - 08:27 AM

Thank you everyone for your help. I'm still working on this PC I just haven't had the time to respond back to everyone yet.

 

I hope to be able to post my findings later today or tomorrow.

 

Thank you so much for your help!

 

 

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