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Decreasing Memory Failure?


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#1 viruses suck

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 10:00 AM

hello.
i recently had a virus and decided to reformat my hard drive.
the first few times my computer was booted and rebooted (after installing updates and whatnot),
everything was fine.
but now, when i boot my computer, it beeps and i get a black screen saying something to the sort:

hardware failure:
decreasing memory. your system memory has changed.

when i go to system in the control panel, indeed it shows currently i have 796 MB of RAM when i have actually installed 1GB.

i have never seen this error before.
and before the reformat, my computer worked with this RAM just fine.

im running a Dell Dimension 4550
Pentium 4 -2.52 mhz
Windows XP SP2
dual RAM = 1.0GB

any suggestions please?

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 11:07 AM

How is this 1GB of RAM configured, 2x512MB, 4x256MB.

You could download Memtest 86 and run it to see what condition your RAM is in.

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 11:37 PM

its 2 sticks of 512.

and i am not understanding how to install that memtest thing ?

i will try to clean the sticks or something.

but i really have no idea whats going on.

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 11:34 AM

Memtest has instructions on their website on how to run the tests, please follow them for the best results.

Bascially, what you've got to do is:
1) download the memtest program that's designed for a CD
2) use an ISO burning application to properly burn the ISO format to the CD Here is a free one that I like: http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm
3) boot from the CD and let the test run. If it starts showing errors, you can stop the test. Errors indicate a likely failure of your memory.
4) you can switch the RAM modules around to see which one's have errors and which don't (running the test on each one).
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 05:41 PM

its 2 sticks of 512.

and i am not understanding how to install that memtest thing ?

i will try to clean the sticks or something.

but i really have no idea whats going on.

Just download memtest86 and burn iso file to cd with MagicISO.
http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-burnwin.htm




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