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October 7, 2012 7:52:16 PM

I own a dell dimension 4700 with windows xp pro 32-bit. it has 1 gig of 4 256 mb ddr2-3200u modules in it but when i went to upgrade it to 2 gigs of ddr2-6400u windows first crashed twice then when it finaloly booted up it would not open my programs and then after that it would open them but it would soon crash ang give me many errors.
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October 8, 2012 3:33:06 AM

First be sure the memory is good. Run Memtest on each stick individually for at least one full pass.

Then check to see if you have a late enough BIOS version for the faster RAM. The 4700 was only designed to use up to PC2-4300 originally.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4700/s...
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October 8, 2012 7:20:45 PM

Ok i upgraded my BIOS to A10 but that did not work. I also know that the ram is good because It came out of another working computer. Also this morning i was fiddling around on it and switched out the ram aging and I got a beep code. I'll try memtest on it.
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October 18, 2012 7:59:50 PM

Best answer selected by pcnut2001.
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October 18, 2012 9:12:12 PM

pcnut2001 said:
Ok i upgraded my BIOS to A10 but that did not work. I also know that the ram is good because It came out of another working computer. Also this morning i was fiddling around on it and switched out the ram aging and I got a beep code. I'll try memtest on it.

What were the results of Memtest?
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October 20, 2012 4:21:17 PM

This makes me sound stupid but i could not get memtest to work.
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October 20, 2012 5:41:31 PM

pcnut2001 said:
This makes me sound stupid but i could not get memtest to work.

Not at all. If you downloaded the file with an .ISO extension, you will need to use a disk burning program to make a bootable disk from that file. Did you do that?
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October 20, 2012 7:12:10 PM

Yes I did ,but when I put the disk in when I press the power button it still boots in to windows. Should I be burning it as an ISO image? Also Should the disk contain ISOLINUX , SRC_40A 132kb and SRC_40A 144 KB
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October 20, 2012 9:31:34 PM

Ok i got memtest working and I am running it now
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October 20, 2012 9:35:27 PM

Wholy cow!
On the secone module i am at 6% pass and allready have 10000 Errors
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October 20, 2012 11:29:43 PM

Thank you. I fixed my problem and am now running the ddr2 800 ,But sadly only 1 gig
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October 21, 2012 4:43:25 AM

Unfortunately, that was what I was expecting. Bad RAM is usually the first thing to suspect with those symptoms. And old DDR2 memory is getting scarce and expensive. Was the bad memory used?
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October 21, 2012 10:24:08 PM

No, I am seeing if there a way to repair it. So for now I am running on the good one out of the pair
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October 22, 2012 7:04:54 PM

It was used
Ok and thanks for all your help
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October 22, 2012 8:13:33 PM

One last thing... be sure to buy your memory in matching pairs if you are going to populate 1 pair of dual channel slots, or in sets of 4 if you are going to populate all 4 slots.

Have a nice day.
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October 24, 2012 7:03:21 PM

ok thank you
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