I purchased 2x256MB PC133 SDRAM from 4allmemory.com. This is the correct memory according to many sites (including Dell and 4allmemory)--apparently the PC133 should clock itself back to PC100 automatically.
I removed the 128MB stick and placed the 256MB sticks into the two slots, then booted. It takes a LONG time to POST and boot. Lots of trials since then... I have tried just about every combination of memory in the machine, and it continues to boot very slowly (both old and new memory, unfortunately, so now it's worse than when I started!).
With 128MB, it now takes about 3.5 minutes to boot to a useable state with Windows settled down from all its initialization. With 512MB, it takes over 6 minutes. This is with the POST memory-check set to the default (on). Memory counts up during POST in increments of 4K approx every 1/2 second.
Any ideas? Thanks for your help!
Edited by Grimace00, 04 March 2006 - 03:17 PM.