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Memory Upgrade for Gateway GM5626 Desktop

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January 25, 2010 3:46:44 PM

Hi - I am trying to upgrade the memory on my GM5626. The original memory was 3Gb, consisting of 2x Hynix 512mb 1Rx8 PC2-5300U-555-12 and 2x Hynix 1Gb 2Rx8 PC2-5300U-555-12.

The memory that I am trying to use is 4x 1GB PC5300/PC5400 DDR2 667MHZ LOW DENSITY.

Upon installation and powerup, I get three long beeps (base memory failure?) and the screen won't even go on so that I can get into the BIOS. Any recommendations?
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January 25, 2010 6:57:01 PM

I looked up your RAM specs at Gateway, the 4 sticks of new RAM appears compatible with the board and the original sticks. It looks like you want to use the 4 new sticks, not use a mix of the 2 old 1 GB and two of the new 1 GB sticks. One or more of your new RAM sticks may be bad. Have you tried POSTing with 1 of the new sticks? You may want to boot into memtest86+, using a cd to test each new stick.
February 2, 2010 6:41:36 PM

Thank you for your reply....I sent back the memory, and they tested one of them bad. Also, the tech person said that Intel motherboards are also pretty picky when it comes to generic DIMMs.

I didn't mix up the old/new memory, I merely installed 4x1Gb of the new memory, and it didn't POST. Out they came, and back to the supplier. I am now considering investing in non-generic memory to get this done and out of my hair.

All in a days work.....

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February 2, 2010 9:58:18 PM

I'm glad you have a fix. If you can get 2x2GB sticks, your life will be easier than using 4x1GB sticks - some boards really do not like all the RAM slots populated. Check the Qualified Vendor List (QVL) at Intel for your specific make and model motherboard. Also, try to find reviews of the RAM you plan to get, e.g., some of the Corsair DDR2 sticks are experiencing lots of problems.
February 3, 2010 12:23:46 AM

Not a fix yet....but since a 32bit machine can't use more than 3Gb anyway, I'm thinking of just getting some 2x 1Gb and 2x 512mb non-generic for this one......I have Corsair in my main box, no probs at all.

Totally appreciate your feedback...

February 10, 2010 10:31:26 AM

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February 10, 2010 11:02:51 AM

You're welcome.