I phoned dell and they asked me to remove one of my ram sticks as i have two and see if it works. Not only did it work but the laptop seemed faster than it used to, after that he asked me to check that the ram was the problem and not the slot so i put the faulty ram in the other slot - it didnt work, and then the good ram in the other slot which did work, however it was much much slower than i'd ever seen the laptop boot up. The technician said that this was just down to the laptop reconfiguring the ram slots and it woud be faster next time, he sent out some new ram which will arrive soon and that was that.
Today though i turned the laptop on and it was still very slow, so i swapped the ram over to the other slot and it was fast again, the times for the bootups are: 1minute 39 seconds in one slot, and 54 seconds in the other slot, a massive difference. It also shuts down much slower, 39 seconds compared to 28. The Vista performance function does not show any difference in speed, it gives it a 3.9 score for both slots, whereas when i first got the laptop with 2gb of ram itgot 5.1, i doubt its accuracy at doing much more than measuring how much ram it actually has though.
Can anyone explain to me why this speed difference may be occuring please? Is it natural for one slow to be faster than the other, do i need to change some settings when i swap the ram over or should i be worried that there is something wrong with one slot, causing the other ram stick to break and for it to run slowly?
Thank you for any replies, either allaying my fears or giving me reason to phone dell again and sorry for the length of the post, i didnt want to miss anything that might be important!
Inspiron 1501 Turion 64 X2 TL56 (1.8GHz, 512K)
15.4" Wide Screen XGA TFT Display: 1280x800
Memory Dual-Channel 2048MB (2x1024) 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive 160GB Serial ATA (5400RPM)
Fixed Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Drive
4 Cell 29WHr Primary battery
ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory