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Upgraded RAM, now won't boot!

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October 20, 2009 11:17:12 PM

Hi all,

I'm going to try to get as specific as possible for you. I'm no computer wiz so please be gentle.

I have a Sony Vaio laptop, VGN-AR630OE.
Originally installed RAM is 2GB, 2X 1GB, DDR2, PC2 5300. My specs say I can upgrade to 4GB.

Running Vista Home Premium 32bit.
North Bridge Intel Crestline-PM PM965
Supported Memory Types DDR2-533 SDRAM, DDR2-667 SDRAM
Maximum Memory Amount 4 GB
Memory Slots
DRAM Slot #1 1 GB (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)
DRAM Slot #2 1 GB (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)

BIOS Version R105038


Don't know if you need more info then that.

I bought 4GB, 2X DDR2 PC2-5300, 667 MHz of Kingston RAM.
Compatible
667MHz (5300), 533MHZ (PC2-4200), 400MHZ (PC2-3200)

I removed my old RAM, installed the new RAM, made sure it was seated properly and when I clsed up and started it up my operating system won't start. Nothing at all. No beeps, no errors...nada!

I reinstalled my 2GB and starts up fine.

I don't really know about updating the BIOS. I did search the intel site but seem to not get a real answer, or one that I understand. Do I have to go in the BIOS and change something???

Thanks!

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a c 128 } Memory
October 20, 2009 11:41:26 PM

No. You need to contact sony for memory recommendations. And you got so-dimm sticks, correct? They are a different pin count from desktop memory.
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October 20, 2009 11:52:45 PM

Well, this is laptop memory. Fits in perfectly. Was recommended by the Geek Squad guy. They are DIMM.

DDR2, just like my old ones except 2GB per stick.
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a c 128 } Memory
October 21, 2009 2:34:23 AM

In a regular motherboard manual, they give you possible memory configurations for each slot. If it doesn't work, no bios update will help. Never saw one that addressed this situation.
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October 21, 2009 2:51:27 AM

I'm at a loss. Was on tech support with Sony and they don't know, of course, checked compatibility with Kinston for my laptop model and it is. Yet I can't get laptop to boot. Never hit's the sony start up logo. I don't get any beeps, nothing. Arrrgggg!
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