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As you had Vista installed at one time, I'm assuming you must have a Vista installation cd. Have you tried booting the machine using that?
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Have you tried booting the machine using that?
Yes, many times, but each time I use the vista dvd to format the blue screen appears with error.
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Have you ever got that DVD to work? Maybe it has a scratch on it or something?
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Yes it has, i installed it a few months ago, in only has finger marks that could come of easily.
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Is your disk an OEM version...or a retail version?

I've used every disk I have for Vista including one I downloaded from Microsoft and burned myself. None of them have thrown that error. :whistling:

Have you set the BIOS defaults and then reset the boot priority?
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Is your disk an OEM version...or a retail version?
I won my vista disk in the university, microsoft came and gave out 50 vistas to select people me being one of them.

Have you set the BIOS defaults and then reset the boot priority?
I loaded the defauls but how do you reset the boot priority?
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To set the BIOS defaults, enter BIOS Setup at boot up and press the F5 key. Accept the change. Reboot and re-enter the BIOS Setup. Look for a heading for "Boot" or "Boot Priority". Set the boot order to 1) CD-ROM...2)HDD...3) Floppy (other). Press F10 to save the settings and accept the change.

Then see if it will boot to the Vista cd without the error.
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I did what you said and the blue screen pops up always, the vista dvd lets me go to the menu but when i am going to make a choice it goes to the Blue screen, i have been noticing that different blue screens have popped up, when i see a different one i will take a foto of it and give it to you.
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Edited by BSNCAPBYY, 11 September 2007 - 06:58 PM.

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Run the memory diagnostic on the new stick of ram. Try it in each slot. I'm starting to suspect memory timing, but after setting the BIOS defaults, I don't see how they'd be out. Run the check on the new stick and if you get errors, run it on the old stick. If you get errors on both, we'll look to see if we can change the memory timing a little. Some boards will let you...some will not.
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I tried both slots with the new ram, none of them would recognize it(i think), i did a mem test and it says in all succeeded, with the old ram it said fail, lets try the timing thing, here is a pic of when i insert the vista dvd with the new ram.
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Do you know what motherboard you have (make and model)? Or what type and version BIOS? You can determine the latter by watching the screen during the boot. It'll be something like Phoenix or Amibios, etc.. and should list the version, too.
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Bios Version: SR84510B.44T.0042.PO9 anyways here is the foto of the Bios Setup Utitlity(main). I put a square around the things that i think you might want to see.
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Where should i find the motherboard model and make?
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Wellllll...that explains a lot.

It's only recognizing 32MB of your ram. Put the old stick in the same slot and then post me a screenshot of that screen again.
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Here you go...
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Do you know if the motherboard has ever been changed out in that machine?

Please give me a link to the RAM you bought. Something is smelly here...either the ram module you got is bad, the mobo is not the same as what is reported on the eMachines site, or the ram is of the wrong type. In any case, this is still looking like a RAM problem.

The old ram is showing as 512MB...the new as 32MB. This is Not Good...and is the reason for the memory error when you try to install from the Vista cd.
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