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I have an eMachines T3256 with 500MB RAM (Samsung chip). It takes
about 30sec to boot up. I added a 1000MB Kingston ValueRAM chip (for
a total of 1500MB RAM) and now it takes 90sec. I removed the Samsung
chip leaving the 1000MB Kingston chip and my boot-up time is back to
30sec. So with either the Samsung chip or the Kingston chip the
boot-up time is about 30sec but with both chips the boot-up time is
about 90sec. Any ideas why it takes 3x longer to boot with both chips
installed or any idea of any good diganostic tools that I might use to
pinpoint the problem?

Note that the motherboard POST test is disabled and that the delay is
occuring after the WindowsXP logo has appeared. The progress bar that
appears while WindowsXP is loading actually stops for about 60sec
during the boot-up process when both chips are installed so this seems
to be a Windows problem rather than a software problem. The progress
bar was stopped for so long that I actually thought that the computer
locked up the first couple of times that I tried to boot with both
chips installed but when I leave it alone it starts moving again after
a 60sec delay and the boot-up process actually completes after about
90sec. When I go back to only one chip, the Windows progress bar
moves continuously and the system boots without the 60sec delay.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Most computers running a P4,should replace memory cards in pairs,or add
    another card like the one already installed.Some computers fail to operate
    if not done this way.You might try,switching the cards around to diffrent
    slots,when its powered off,remove the battery,locate the CMOS jumper pin,
    move from 1-2 to 2-3 for 2 minutes,then back to 1-2,replace battery,start
    computer.You'll have to readjust basic BIOS settings.A good memory tester,
    try:http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp Download and install to floppy.

    "bew" wrote:

    > I have an eMachines T3256 with 500MB RAM (Samsung chip). It takes
    > about 30sec to boot up. I added a 1000MB Kingston ValueRAM chip (for
    > a total of 1500MB RAM) and now it takes 90sec. I removed the Samsung
    > chip leaving the 1000MB Kingston chip and my boot-up time is back to
    > 30sec. So with either the Samsung chip or the Kingston chip the
    > boot-up time is about 30sec but with both chips the boot-up time is
    > about 90sec. Any ideas why it takes 3x longer to boot with both chips
    > installed or any idea of any good diganostic tools that I might use to
    > pinpoint the problem?
    >
    > Note that the motherboard POST test is disabled and that the delay is
    > occuring after the WindowsXP logo has appeared. The progress bar that
    > appears while WindowsXP is loading actually stops for about 60sec
    > during the boot-up process when both chips are installed so this seems
    > to be a Windows problem rather than a software problem. The progress
    > bar was stopped for so long that I actually thought that the computer
    > locked up the first couple of times that I tried to boot with both
    > chips installed but when I leave it alone it starts moving again after
    > a 60sec delay and the boot-up process actually completes after about
    > 90sec. When I go back to only one chip, the Windows progress bar
    > moves continuously and the system boots without the 60sec delay.
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Considering that your computer does a memory test at boot, more memory
    requires more time which makes for a longer boot time.

    Check your BIOS there is probably a setting there to skip this process.

    --
    Good Day
    River Rat


    "bew" <bweddl@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:dcmi2v$hhc$1@domitilla.aioe.org...
    I have an eMachines T3256 with 500MB RAM (Samsung chip). It takes
    about 30sec to boot up. I added a 1000MB Kingston ValueRAM chip (for
    a total of 1500MB RAM) and now it takes 90sec. I removed the Samsung
    chip leaving the 1000MB Kingston chip and my boot-up time is back to
    30sec. So with either the Samsung chip or the Kingston chip the
    boot-up time is about 30sec but with both chips the boot-up time is
    about 90sec. Any ideas why it takes 3x longer to boot with both chips
    installed or any idea of any good diganostic tools that I might use to
    pinpoint the problem?

    Note that the motherboard POST test is disabled and that the delay is
    occuring after the WindowsXP logo has appeared. The progress bar that
    appears while WindowsXP is loading actually stops for about 60sec
    during the boot-up process when both chips are installed so this seems
    to be a Windows problem rather than a software problem. The progress
    bar was stopped for so long that I actually thought that the computer
    locked up the first couple of times that I tried to boot with both
    chips installed but when I leave it alone it starts moving again after
    a 60sec delay and the boot-up process actually completes after about
    90sec. When I go back to only one chip, the Windows progress bar
    moves continuously and the system boots without the 60sec delay.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    You might also try the Kingston site for support on how to correctly config
    your sys for the 1gb chips.
    It isnt allways a case of poping it in and booting, some mobo/cpu
    combinations require ram timings/voltages to be altered to correctly config

    "bew" <bweddl@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:dcmi2v$hhc$1@domitilla.aioe.org...
    > I have an eMachines T3256 with 500MB RAM (Samsung chip). It takes
    > about 30sec to boot up. I added a 1000MB Kingston ValueRAM chip (for
    > a total of 1500MB RAM) and now it takes 90sec. I removed the Samsung
    > chip leaving the 1000MB Kingston chip and my boot-up time is back to
    > 30sec. So with either the Samsung chip or the Kingston chip the
    > boot-up time is about 30sec but with both chips the boot-up time is
    > about 90sec. Any ideas why it takes 3x longer to boot with both chips
    > installed or any idea of any good diganostic tools that I might use to
    > pinpoint the problem?
    >
    > Note that the motherboard POST test is disabled and that the delay is
    > occuring after the WindowsXP logo has appeared. The progress bar that
    > appears while WindowsXP is loading actually stops for about 60sec
    > during the boot-up process when both chips are installed so this seems
    > to be a Windows problem rather than a software problem. The progress
    > bar was stopped for so long that I actually thought that the computer
    > locked up the first couple of times that I tried to boot with both
    > chips installed but when I leave it alone it starts moving again after
    > a 60sec delay and the boot-up process actually completes after about
    > 90sec. When I go back to only one chip, the Windows progress bar
    > moves continuously and the system boots without the 60sec delay.
    >
    >
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