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Dell Inspiron 1525 RAM


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Steve Norfolk

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 which has, I'm pretty sure , a faulty RAM card. The diagnostic tells me so anyway.
Is it possible to disable one of the RAM slots to allow the computer to run with just one card? I think the computer has 'dual channel bandwidth capability' and therefore normally requires both cards. Before I rush out and buy a new card I would like to be sure I'm right about the faulty one. I also need to use the computer if possible too... Any ideas out there?
Thanks!
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Hello Steve.... Welcome to
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If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run. You may have to change the boot sequence in your BIOS to make it work right.

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.


The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
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Steve Norfolk

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Thanks for that. The problem is that with only one ram stick in (the good one I think) the computer will not boot, it gets as far as the big DELL splash screen and then the progress bar at the bottom freezes. I'm guessing it's trying to address an empty socket and gives up... it will boot with both sticks in but I am unable to install an OS as it gets to about 40% and falls over. The BIOS will run with both sticks in so I was wondering if there is a way to disable one of the sockets (if you see what I mean!) :D
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Nope since it needs both that is the only way to make it work.
You can run the program on both sticks and see if it returns errors.
Then I need you to do the following after the memtest has finished.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, try the Hitachi DFT CD Image version of the software

Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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Thanks a lot, I'll give it a try!
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Are you still having problems with your issue?
It has been 7 days since your last response and I was wondering if the issue has been resolved?
If so can you explain how it was resolved so others may be able to fix it if they have the same issue.
If not please let us know and we can continue with helping you to resolve the issue.
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Thanks for the advice but I couldn't get memtest to run. It wouldn't boot from the CD, the computer is set up to boot from the CD drive but does nothing.

I've run out of time for the moment and will give it another try next week.
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ok I'll monitor the topic for your return.
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