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Dell E1505 (14/17)/6400 -- Upgrades and other Hacks

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February 3, 2012 10:43:43 PM

I have tried to upgrade my E1505 from two 512mb RAM chips to two 1gig chips and the computer doesn't boot up. I have re-seated them several times, but it doesn't boot. If I place the old 512 chips back in, it is fine. I did upgrade the BIOS (now A15), and I don't know what to do now. Any suggestions? New chips are PC2-6400S-666
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February 3, 2012 11:30:04 PM

Hi :) 

What speed were the old ram chips ?

All the best Brett :) 
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February 3, 2012 11:36:00 PM

on dell they upgrade with the pc2-6400 and no other number at the end i would check memory sticks one at the time and if the laptop doesn't boot rma memory
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February 4, 2012 12:07:03 AM

Old chips ar PCS-5300S-555-12

I'll try the 1gig chips one at a time.

Thanks
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February 4, 2012 12:16:08 AM

Okay, I tried each separately and each worked. So I installed both and now it works. Can you say X%@&*!! Sorry and I greatly appreciate your input.
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February 4, 2012 12:20:16 AM

good job
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May 20, 2013 7:03:41 PM

Finally got around to fixing up my e1505.
I picked up a Core2Duo T7200 on the Bay,
two 2G PC2 SODIMMs,
and a tube of thermal compound.
Maybe $60 all told.

While I'm still running Vista, everything is sooooooo much better. My wife's Facebook games are playing smoothly where before they were laggy and froze a lot. I haven't tried any of my games yet, but I suspect they'll do pretty well now. The graphics card is still the X1400 it came with, but I don't really plan on doing anything horrifically graphics-intensive. If I can find a good deal on a key, I'd like to install a newer OS (7 or 8)... or maybe even Hackbook it with Snow Leopard. I've had this thing for years, and never cared for the performance with Vista, but it's a whole new machine now.
It has the latest BIOS update, A17.

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