Posted: Mon May 19, 2008 7:51 pm Post subject: Installing RAM
I'm trying to install 256mb of SD RAM into my Dell 4300 Dimension desktop. I know this is generally a very simple process however, when I boot up my computer with the new RAM (2 ram sticks inserted into the motherboard) I encounter an issue when the computer boots up. It says it expected " " but encountered " ". It won't run until I power down and remove the RAM again. The new RAM stick reads as follows:
Hynix 612AA HY57V56820CTP KOR
I'm not very technical - as you can tell - but I believe this RAM was built to work with my current hardware - 1.33mhz?
The piece of RAM is physically smaller than the one that's currently inserted, so perhaps it's not compatible?
Is there anyone that can help me out with this? I have a crappy computer that I'm just trying to make functional for me (i.e. not waiting minutes at a time because I'm running XP on 256 mb).
The information you listed appears to be for a single chip, not for the entire memory stick, and as such doesn't really help much. It may be 133MHz, but without specifics, it's hard to tell if the memory stick will be suitable or not.
Are there any other labels on those new sticks to better identify what they are?
Is there actually text missing in the error messages you are getting? Have you gone into the BIOS to see if the memory is actually recognized and that it's not merely warning you of a change and for you to confirm it.
I wanted to clear one thing up. I'm adding a stick of RAM to the motherboard that already contains one stick (the original). I'm not installing two new sticks.
There is nothing on the labels that is missing, I've captured everything that I can see.
In terms of the error message - it occurs pre boot and the message is exactly as follows:
Memory write/read failure @ SFF90000, read F984F916 expecting F916F916
Memory address line failer at 2FF9000, read F916F916 expecting 06060606
Then after a few more boot retries a message comes up:
Alert 1! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint (Vcls). For help in resolving this problem, please note this checkpoint and contact Dell technical support.
I haven't gone into BIOS because 1 I can't get passed this screen, and 2 because I don't know how to do that.
if it's a dell, then you push F2 when you see the dell startup screen after you power on the system to get into the bios. most likely you are mixing two different speeds of ram. they are only meant to fit one way and will not fit into a slot they don't belong. but pc100 fits the same as pc133 and mixing the two speeds is not recommended.
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