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Blue Screen of Death w/ 4GB RAM Upgrade

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
November 4, 2008 3:03:36 PM

I have an Compaq Presario C700 laptop. I currently have two DDR2 PC2-5300 1 GB sticks of RAM in the machine (from factory) and all is well. I just purchased 4GB (2x1g) of Crucial ram. If I put either one of the new sticks of RAM in I have no problems (first or second slot, makes no difference). But if i put both in I get the BSOD and first a PFN_LIST_CORRUPT error, then a reboot and then a IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error and that's all she wrote. Put back the original RAM and all is well.

Any advice on putting 4GB of ram on this vista 32bit SP1?

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November 4, 2008 4:03:37 PM

Googling your problem tells me that your laptop's chipset doesn't support more than 2GB of ram. You're stuck.
November 4, 2008 5:14:37 PM

Well, the C700 apparantly uses the GM965 chipset which does support up to 4GB memory, however the implementation in the C700 series is only officially supporting 2 GB. . . there's rumor that the latest BIOS update may make it more stable. I don't have one, of course, so I can't verify, but you might try that if you already haven't.

Have you tried memtest to see how severe it is?
November 5, 2008 6:36:06 PM

Ok let me try and update the BIOS to see if it works.

No I haven't try memtest but what is that? I'll google it.

Thanks for the inputs, I really appreciate it.