I just recently bought a for-parts DELL Inspiron 1200 laptop from eBay, expecting to swap out the motherboard and a few other bits for use with an Inspiron 1200 I already own, but when I boot it up, I get the following message:
Memory write/read failure at 00020FDC, read 32ED02ED expecting 02ED02ED
The laptop didn't come with the hard drive, disc drive, battery, or any extra RAM, but I tried putting in the extra RAM I already had, and the message persisted.
After approximately three minutes, the laptop automatically shuts down. I know that the motherboard has 256MB of built-in memory, and I'm assuming it's bad — but I have no idea how it got that way, nor what I can do to fix it.
Is there any place I can send it to for repairs (for cheap)?
Presumably the fault is in the inbuilt memory -- or the motherboard. Did the vendor specify that the motherboard works ? In the circumstances I suspect repair is uneconomic but if a local repair guy will look at it without an upfront charge what have you to lose ?