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Laptop Memory only working one at a time.

I have an old laptop. A satellite L510.
I bought it with two different brand of rams. Which is 2gb of transcend and a
1gb of samsung both pc6400 at 400Mhz. That was 4 years ago or so.

Now recently I've been having some random restarts so i suspected it was a bad ram.

This are the stuffs i did:

1. Remove 2gb and leave 1gb. Worked Fine.

And Then i suspected 2gb was at fault.

2. I removed 1gb and reseated 2gb. Worked Fine Again.

Now Im puzzled. Which is which since 2gb worked fine.

3. I both placed the two cards. System restarts at bios.

4. I changed to the other slots one at a time and it worked fine. Which removes suspicion on bad ram slot.

5. Memtest passed if each were placed.

6. System Restarts on Memtest run if both were placed.

Im wondrin what really is the problem. I cant live with 2gb memory alone. Im planning to buy another but I want to know which memory will i replace. I dont want to spend a few bucks just to know which is which.
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    mrmammoth said:
    I have an old laptop. A satellite L510.
    I bought it with two different brand of rams. Which is 2gb of transcend and a
    1gb of samsung both pc6400 at 400Mhz. That was 4 years ago or so.

    Now recently I've been having some random restarts so i suspected it was a bad ram.

    This are the stuffs i did:

    1. Remove 2gb and leave 1gb. Worked Fine.

    And Then i suspected 2gb was at fault.

    2. I removed 1gb and reseated 2gb. Worked Fine Again.

    Now Im puzzled. Which is which since 2gb worked fine.

    3. I both placed the two cards. System restarts at bios.

    4. I changed to the other slots one at a time and it worked fine. Which removes suspicion on bad ram slot.

    5. Memtest passed if each were placed.

    6. System Restarts on Memtest run if both were placed.

    Im wondrin what really is the problem. I cant live with 2gb memory alone. Im planning to buy another but I want to know which memory will i replace. I dont want to spend a few bucks just to know which is which.

    Seems like you have tried almost all the troubleshooting processes. Well, what I can thing of right now is flashing the BIOS with the latest update. Download the update from Toshiba support and flash it, refer your manual for the instructions. Also try resetting the CMOS before flashin the memory.

    If you could let me know the detailed spec of the memory modules that will help like the mfg part number etc. Hope that helps.
  2. It may not be an issue with the RAM modules but something with the motherboard. Try the BIOS update, and don't be too suprized if new RAM does the same thing.
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