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Netvista 8305 M42 PC2100

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February 20, 2013 1:27:55 AM

Hello,

I received an old PC to use as a starting point for my toddler. The only upgrade I attempted was to increase RAM from 1gb to 2gb utilizing 2-1gb sticks(same mfg) DIMM 184pin unbuffered . After the install, I was shocked when the PC had problems booting up and when it did boot into XP Home, it kept rebooting automatically. It would take several attempts to get a stable OS.

What could be root cause and possible resolution?

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February 22, 2013 4:08:08 AM

From a look at Crucial.com it looks like it requires:
Package: 184-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR PC2700
Specs: DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 128Meg x 64 •
Does the memory you installed match these specs? If no, the problem may be the memory sticks themselves. Other sites (including IBM's) have the memory listed as PC2100.
These links are specific to that model:
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detai...
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detai...
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID...

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February 24, 2013 2:25:53 PM

Hey KR,

Found out the sticks I purchased online from Koybe are crap. After some online research found out Koybe via eBay is a very unsavoury supplier. Re-installed the orig sticks of 512mb and PC works like a charm. If/when I decide to upgrade again, will buy from locale retailer. More $$ but less headaches.

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February 27, 2013 12:49:18 AM

Glad you solved the problem. Paying more for reliable memory is worth the extra cost for avoiding the headache if nothing else.
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