I have a dell inspiron 6000 laptop. About two weeks ago my hard drive crashed. i replaced/upgraded my hard drive (from 80 G to 160G) and installed a new operating system, windows 7 with no problem.next i tried to upgrade the RAM to the maximum 2 Gig. I have tried 4 diferent brands, all with the same specification, the latest being the prescribed Kingston P/N KTD-INSP6000A/1G. In all cases, when I loaded the RAM, I ran diagnostics and no problems were detected and the memory upgrade was recognized but in all cases, the system would not start windows. I have spec'ed what is supposed to be compatible RAM (DDR2 SDRAM 533 MHz, PC2-4200)but none will start windows. When i replace the (2) 1 G Kinston RAM sticks with the original 2 512 MB sticks, Windows starts up with no problem. Im I missing something? Am i restricted to the 2 512 MB RAM sticks? Is there anything that I can do to upgrade the RAM?
DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300
Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 2GB
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
So it appears the memory you are attempting to use is too ?slow? If you can, get memory that matches the specs ^there^ and see if that changes the results. Also, did you get the Dell splash screen with the old, 1G sticks? If not, you may need a BIOS update. Dell occasionally releases updates for their boards, but not always.