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Beeps when upgrading RAM and not booting up - Help pls


AroundAgain
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Good morning folks

Yes, I need some help/advice again, please.

Re: Dell PC, with Dell Dimension DE051 M/B

Having been to Crucial.com and getting details re what RAM can be used to improve memory (256Mb x 2 cards), 1Gb x 2 cards were ordered from eBuyer. Last evening, I went to my friend's house to put these in but PC wouldn't fire up, only some Beeps - single beep approx 4 times (I didn't think to actually count/make note at the time!!!)

I removed and replaced again, tried each one on it's own and in each slot but same beeps and not firing up. So, I put her original 2 x 256 cards back in and PC fired as normal.

I've checked all the details I have to be sure this is the right RAM, that the M/B will support this - will support max 2 x 1Gb DDR 400 - which is what the new cards appear to be.

I've been in touch with eBuyer and they will accept a return (once my friend gives me details to log in, or she do it!) so, at least, can be refunded.

However, that renders us back at square one with an incredibly slow machine and she can't manage getting a newer machine just now.

So, question is - Have I missed something that I should be doing to get the machine to cope with this extra memory?

I'm feeling somewhat out of my depth here so hoping some advice will help this issue. Alternative will be to get a techie in but my friend is on tight budget and the PC is used for charity work, for which she is a very much over-worked volunteer! So, I'm looking for the most cost-effective solution, of course.

Thanks, guys, for all/any advice you can offer. As usual, it is very much appreciated.

Cheers

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KRONOS the First

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And good morning to you, so still having problems. Would help to know exactly what beeps you are getting,though I suspect they will tell us what we already know,it does not like the RAM. The beeps will be a mixture of short and long.

I'll post this just in case you are still at your friends whilst I have another think.

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finerty

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the original ram who is the manufacturer, if there is one.

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KRONOS the First

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finerty

Here, the info is buried some pages back.

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AroundAgain

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Hi Chronus and Finerty, good to hear from you

Yes, I'm still here (with my netbook) which makes it easier to keep an eye on this forum!!!!

So, I'm in the process of switching off M's pc (takes ages, don't forget!) so that I can 1) check the memory details for Finerty and have yet another listen, and count, of the offending beeps!

Back here in a few mins ...

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onthelimit1

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Jock1e - I'm surprised at that, as I've found going from 512 to 2Gb makes a HUGE difference to speed on XP and Vista!

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KRONOS the First

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I have posted the RAM details again or rather the image you posted earlier.

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AroundAgain

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Hi again guys/gals

Right, the beeps seem to be 4 x long, a short break then another 2 long, then nothing. Nothing on screen either, of course.

Well done, Finerty, for finding my photo of the original RAM. I'd forgotten I'd done that!!!

Sorry you didn't manage to upgrade the RAM with the anticipated increase in speed, Jock1e. I am now thinking this is a job for an experienced techie, if at all.

I think it might be more beneficial if I sort out my old pc at home and do a swap here!!! Then mess about with this at home and see how it would run on Ubuntu! Good learning situation all round, though, eh?

Still, happy to try again here, if any of you have any ideas ...

I'll just make myself another coffee!!! ;)

Cheers

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AroundAgain

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Oops! Sorry Chronus. Thanks for posting the link for the image with details of RAM. Got confused (not difficult these days!!! ) J

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KRONOS the First

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I'll post these specs for others to have a look at.

Motherboard.

Mobo details

Can you post a link to the RAM you bought or was it the stuff from Ebuyer I suggested?

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KRONOS the First

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I think the reason you are still having problems is down to my giving you the wrong link to the RAM you should have bought.

I suggested this. But it should have been this. I missed the non ECC bit in the mobo details under RAM. Unfortunately this will mean you having to return this RAM once again I am sorry to say and getting what I really hope is the correct type. I can only apologise for my error.

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