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Laptop Ram Trouble

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#1 Xaurudame


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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:49 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 1100 for which i bought 2 sticks of 512 MB RAM. When put into the laptop the computer will not recognize the memory and makes 3 beeping sounds followed by a pause and another beep. The system will not boot. Company i bought the RAM from says i need to download an update to my BIOS but the download from Dell will not install saying my system does not support the update.
I know what to do normally in these types of situations but this time I am confused. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 08:52 PM

Well you may have already thought of this but is it the right kind for your laptop? Also can you try it on someone elses laptop, you never know every once in a while there are some faulty rams.
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 09:36 AM

I cannot locate the specific beep codes for your system - but most of the similar beep codes refer to memory problems. Since you've installed new memory it's not a great leap to suspect that this is the problem (especially since the company that sold it to you told you you'd need a BIOS upgrade to use it).

BIOS upgrades (flashes) are very tricky. If you try and upgrade from version A06 to version A22, the flash is likely to fail. You'd have to take it in smaller steps (there's no exact answer to how many steps) in order to make it work.

Please give us the version information for your BIOS. If you don't know where it is, here's a free tool that may help out: http://www.gtopala.com/index.html
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