I was given my late grandma's Gateway GP7-450 Desktop as we were cleaning her house and decided to use it as a retro gaming computer/'guinea pig' for computer building. The system is a Windows 98 SE with an Intel Pentium III Motherboard, 32MB of RAM, and 6.36 GB of Hard Drive space (Probably advertised as 8GB back in the day).
So the first 'experiment' I did was install RAM, in this case, there were three slots that allowed a maximum of 128MB each, so I brought three compatible 128MB RAM sticks (from here to be exact), thinking it would be easy. Unfortunately not the case. I probably should have brought only one to test (though I still have another 10 days to return and get a refund if need be), but even then, I'm now having problems with the monitor not turning on even with the old RAM back in as it was (with no other new RAM sticks)! I did take out and put the CMOS battery back in, all with the computer unplugged (and pressing the power button again after unplugging it, etc.). Nothing seems to be turning the monitor on. I just get 7-8 beeps, then nothing.
It is also worth mentioning that the RAM doesn't seem to go in far enough (without forcing it of course) for the latch to fit in the tiny crevice at the end of the stick, here's a couple pictures to show what I mean:
However, this aspect never seemed to cause any problems since it always was like this when my grandma got it, and the RAM sticks I brought are the same size from the crevice to the side that goes in the slot. I thought I mention this in case it actually means something significant, I'm just worried I accidentally damaged something despite being careful, I have no idea. I'd like to get this computer working again.
Sorry for the long read, but any thoughts on this?
Anything else useful that comes up I'll keep posting here.
Edited by Supersomething, 12 June 2016 - 01:21 AM.