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    Computer not booting

    Good morning fellow geeks...!


    I am starting to get a little miffed about this so before the computer goes out the window i thought i'd ask some fellow geeks who are more superior than I.

    I have bought this new stick of RAM. 1GB Pc2700 184PIN stick of RAM. I have plonked it into the computer along with the measly 512mb stick it had in there already of the same spec. When i turn the computer on, it registers the new RAM and says i have 1.5gb of RAM installed.

    So it goes through the process of loading windows etc etc, then when it comes to actually loading the desktop it just doesn't load. IT occasionally comes up with the desktop but then it just turns off after about 5 seconds and then does the whole process all over again.

    If i start the computer in SAFE mode the computer works fine. But if i try and do it in Last known good configuration then it does the same thing and doesn't bl***y work.

    IF i take out the new stick of RAM and keep the original old stick in there it works fine.

    So what is the problem? Does it mean that the stick of RAM is faulty or not? Cause i can see the RAM and it registers with the MOBO and BIOS to say that there is a new stick of RAM installed.

    So any help would be good?

    Thanks fellow edugeekers

    Ben

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    Does it work with "just" the new stick of RAM in? Might be issue between the two types, if you got different ones, but worth a try

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Does it work with "just" the new stick of RAM in? Might be issue between the two types, if you got different ones, but worth a try

    Steve
    No, it doesn't. Does the same thing as i said. If i have the new stick of RAM and boot in safe mode it'll work but if i try to boot normally after a few seconds it just restarts?

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    Also, have you tried the new RAM in another computer?

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    Try running Memtest it might be that you have been given a dodgy stick of ram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtg93 View Post
    Also, have you tried the new RAM in another computer?
    Yeah the stick works in another computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f4rn4th View Post
    Yeah the stick works in another computer?
    does the mobo of the machine you are putting it in support the ram? how old is the machine?

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    Hmm i have just done a check on the computer which it's being installed into. It's pretty old computer but it reckons or says the maximum memory that the mobo can deal with is 1GB? Presario S5500UK Memory - Upgrade Compaq S5500UK Presario Computer Memory

    Also i can't for some unknown reason access the BIOS? F2/Del/F8 doesn't work?

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    Have you tried the new stick of RAM in the first computer, in all available memory modules? Might be a dodgy slot rather then memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    Have you tried the new stick of RAM in the first computer, in all available memory modules? Might be a dodgy slot rather then memory
    Yeah tried that initially as i thought it's an old piece of kit maybe the slot has become blocked or it's just not being seen by the mobo but no the original memory module works fine in there.

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    As previously said, test the memory with memtest. I had a PC yesterday, tuned on and booted up fine. Logged on fine but brought up loads of windows errors. tested the memory and one stick was completely faulty.

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    Silly question too, but what exactly is the stick of RAM you bought? It's not something stupid like bought DDR2 and the pc doesn't support it etc?

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    But i'm guessing, if the motherboard can only deal with 1GB if i'm trying to input 1 GB stick along with the 512 stick in there already it's going to have a whine isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f4rn4th View Post
    But i'm guessing, if the motherboard can only deal with 1GB if i'm trying to input 1 GB stick along with the 512 stick in there already it's going to have a whine isn't it?
    Well yes, but you said you tried it on it's own too? :P

    No, it doesn't. Does the same thing as i said. If i have the new stick of RAM and boot in safe mode it'll work but if i try to boot normally after a few seconds it just restarts?
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Silly question too, but what exactly is the stick of RAM you bought? It's not something stupid like bought DDR2 and the pc doesn't support it etc?

    Steve
    No the RAM is exactly the same (not the same make) but it's same frequency etc. PC2700, DDR 333MZ.

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