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If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.
If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest: http://www.techspot....topic62524.html


How do I know how many RAM modules I have installed? I didn't install any sort of RAM device that I know of: but I'm not sure if it just came with one. And if it came with two: how to start it one stick at a time.
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You'll have to turn the laptop off, turn it up side down, remove RAM bay cover, and check.
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http://support.dell....ry.htm#wp999869
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Are you sure there is no other way to check? If I told you the model and such that I have- is there a way of finding out the default number of RAM drives or such that there are? I never had another RAM installed- and there are some slight problems I'm having with getting the screw removed and the only person in the home that is good with the tools is asleep. So if it does turn out my model only has one- this could be continued. Otherwise I suppose I'll have to wait anyway.
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Go here: http://support.dell....o...ab=1&~ck=mn
Enter your service tag number, and see how many RAM modules were originally installed.
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Go here: http://support.dell....o...ab=1&~ck=mn
Enter your service tag number, and see how many RAM modules were originally installed.


I don't see anything with RAM (random access memory, right?) but I did find a memory module- Dual In-line Memory Module 512MB, 533, 64X64, 8K, 200.

Considering it's a dual- would that mean they are two and are treated as two separate units, or are they just one unit- meaning I can use the website you gave me?
Sorry for being such a pest, but also, how would I run the website? I can't access anything via my computer. I'll try safe mode but I'm not exactly sure it will work. Can I write the program or a similar program to a disk? At the moment, trying to open it from this PC is a bit of problem- I get an error message that it is taking too long to respond. So I'm not sure if what you're giving me is just instructions or a test to run on the problem notebook .
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You have 1 RAM unit.
If you go to my link, it'll tell you how to create bootable CD (using working computer) to run memtest.
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How long is this supposed to go on. exactly? There is an underscore under L1 Cache and it's been running tests for an hour and a half about. It's been running the same I believe it was 8 tests repeatedly and it goes through each one successfully. What do I do?
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This is how it works. Each pass runs same 8 tests. You need to run at least 5 passes.
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I've already run 5 passes. What do you do when all 5 passes have run?
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Press Esc button to reboot.
No errors?
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None. And I did as you said- I hit ESC and let it reboot. However, I received the NTLDR error again. Should I put to the CD from before?

Edited by Ludo Siren, 13 July 2009 - 03:27 PM.

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Since this error happens when you boot from CD, we can eliminate hard drive problem.
I suspect, there is something wrong with that single RAM stick.
I'd replace it with two new 512MB sticks.
XP with 1GB of RAM will be flying anyway.
That's my advice, short of going to the computer shop for further diagnose.
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Since this error happens when you boot from CD, we can eliminate hard drive problem.
I suspect, there is something wrong with that single RAM stick.
I'd replace it with two new 512MB sticks.
XP with 1GB of RAM will be flying anyway.
That's my advice, short of going to the computer shop for further diagnose.


Alright. Is there somewhere I can purchase replacements, as well as instructions on how to install them? Or any specific branch of technicians I should go to if further diagnosis is needed?
Terribly sorry for being pesky- but I also noticed this:
After an attempt to boot from the CD after running memtest, I received an error I had before that showed up before my original adapter died, and hasn't showed up on this new one until now.
It's saying:

"The AC adapter type cannot be determined. Your system will operate slower and the battery will not charge.

Please connect a Dell 90W AC adapter or higher for best system operation. To resolve this issue, try to reseat the power adapter.
Strike the F3 key (before the F1 or F2 key) if you do not want to see power warning messages again.

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics."

Edited by Ludo Siren, 13 July 2009 - 04:13 PM.

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You can get your RAM here: http://www.crucial.c.....nspiron E1705

As for more testing, almost any computer shop will do. Avoid giants, like Geek Squad.
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