Hi there. I've never posted on the forums before, but a certain amount of lurking has led me to believe this would be the best place to ask about this problem.
I'm having some pretty perplexing issues with my Dell Studio 1745. It apparently comes with the Calpella platform, but I have a Core 2, so I imagine that's not the case with mine. It does have a (massively crippled) Phoenix BIOS though.
A few days ago I powered up the PC and was confronted with no video output, and a POST beep code. It was one low short beep, one higher short beep, and then 4 longer beeps at the higher pitch. The 4 beeps then repeated indefinitely, with a pause of maybe 3 seconds between each repetition. I left it for a few minutes and it suddenly decided to work again.
The next day, though, I had left it on and when I came back to it it had completely frozen - no kind of response whatsoever. Upon trying to reboot it I got the same problem, but this time it didn't start working again of its own accord. I though the problem would be with the RAM, so after exhausting other options I removed the module in slot B and it was happy again.
What I then assumed was that the stick I took out was faulty. I don't really want to be operating on 2GB, so I bought a new 2x4GB Corsair kit, which is DDR3-1066. I was pretty certain it would be compatible with the MoBo, because it's the same frequency and standard as the original stuff. I'm running 64-bit W7HP, by the way, although I can't imagine that making much of a difference.
The problem now is that this new stuff doesn't work. I can put the old 2GB card in either slot and it works fine, but any configuration involvind the new 4GB modules gives the same POST error as before.
The fact that the old card works in either slot leads me to believe the problem's not something physical with the MoBo, but I really don't know.
Any help would be hugely appreciated, and I'm sorry I can't explain it any more concisely - I'm really confused by the whole thing so I'm finding it hard to be succinct.
Thanks for the reply, but I really am rather certain I bought the right RAM. The original is Crucial-branded (i.e. Micron) 2GB, DDR3-1066, CL=7, 204-pin SODIMM. The only variables different with the new stuff is the brand name and the capacity.
I also fail to see how I can run Memtest when the computer fails to even show the BIOS splash. If it can't address the RAM then it won't boot full-stop.
Oh and they're both 1.5v. Forgot to mention that. I'm also wondering why the RAM would have failed in the first place, only to become usable again, and then fail once more. That just doesn't seem to make much sense.
You clearly were mistaken. You don't come ask for advice and then tell people your not going to test it because it doesn't make sense or because you think that's not the problem. Clearly you came here because you have no idea what the problem is.
I offered advice, you shot it down without even trying it, or possibly without even reading it, which I gathered from your answer, so that leads me to believe you don't want help or you already know all the answers. If your too bullheaded to even run a simple test, nobody here can help you.
Nothing about diagnosing ram issues makes sense, that's why you use a ram tester. Bad ram can cause a computer to not boot at all. Then it could boot but bsod. You could get file errors leading you to believe you have a bad hdd or a corrupt windows install, or even malware/virus.
It could run fine for a while and then just restart in the middle of your work. It could be totally random issues. I just went through these issues myself with a friends computer.
Or it could be just that you have mismatched timings/speed/voltage and your not setting it correctly in the bios to work properly, which like I said, you bought the wrong ram, you then told me you were SURE you bought the CORRECT ram, and then came back and said turns out you DID buy the WRONG ram. So clearly you don't know everything you think you know.