ATTN: YOUNGSTER please help. new to tom's. lost the person who was helping me. i upgraded my memory from 1 gb to 2 gb in back of dell d620 and dos came up to verify memory change. it also came up with a failed test
"dst short test (failed)". but i have no problems with laptop. the only problem i have ever had was a message that read "out of memory line 48" and virtual memory low" thats it. and i run my computer really hard bouncing in and out of everything online, fairly quick. i rebooted and hit f-12 and ran check again same failed test. oh yeah, it showed 2.9 gb ram. p.s. i am back in windows. i guess it took the memory upgrade?
PLEASE ADVISE ME ON WHAT I SHOULD DO AND WHAT MY ISSUES ARE. NOT VERY COMPUTER LITERATE. THANKS VERY, VERY MUCH.
NOTE: I LOST THE PERSON THAT WAS HELPING ME. HOW DO I STAY ON TOP OF ANSWERS?
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There may be several things going on. How much free hard drive space do you have?
The reason you have 2.9GB of memory is probably because you are running XP 32-bit. You most likely have 4GB installed, the max for your motherboard, but XP can only use that much of it ... I can explain why but it's fairly technical. Lets just say there is nothing wrong with 2.9GB and leave it at that.
THANK YOU. SO IF I AM NOT HAVING ANY PROBLEMS, IS IT OK? OR JUST SOMETHING SIMPLE AND SAFE?
"DST" short test stands for "Drive Short Test", which means your hard drive has failed or is failing as reported by the SMART chip info.
What this means is that your hard drive is close to dieing means you won't be able to get any data off of it or use it to load Windows, etc.
It means, it is time to replace the hard drive. Useing it is risky at this point if you store anything on it.