I just recently tried to upgrade my computer from 512 mb to 2.5 Gbs. My PC uses DDR400 ram. My computer has 4 memory slots. I ordered 2x1gb G.skill ram sticks that are compatible with my computer and later unplugged everything connected to pc and unplugged the power cord, i then installed the new ram sticks into the memory slots next to my old ram sticks,. i booted up the computer, everything seemed fine, the screen with the Windows xp logo came on and the bar was moving in the bottom just like normal. but then the screen freezes and then goes dark. Then the pc just shuts down and reboots itself. It then takes me to a screen that basically says windows did not start properly due to a recent hardware/software change. It gave me the options to start in safe mode, safe mode without networking, start normally, etc. I chose "start normally" and yet it continues to due the same thing.Thinking that the new ram sticks may be bad i took them out and left the old ones. But still the same problem continues.
Frustrated i go into bios and go into the hardware configuration where it shows basic info about the computer, there the computer detects the new ram sticks and lists the speed and even what slots there are in. The only thing that the hardware info did not list was the hard disk-i think maybe windows xp was saved in there and when i installed the new ram something must of went wrong and somehow hard disk cannot be read now. that may be why it wont load properly- i don't know..
So it may not be the new ram sticks since the computer detected them - but hey i am no expert. Can someone please help me with any ideas of what to do. Im thinking about having to re-install windows... would that be a good solution to this kind of problem? Please anyone i desperately need guidance!!!
Edited by JPalma, 24 March 2010 - 07:43 PM.