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You're welcome. I would not worry about finding a lower CL number, go with the ones you listed.

Let me know how it runs with the new ram.
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Just installed the new RAM, and it is not being recognized :)

Instead getting a new error msg at boot up: Diskette drive 0 seek failure

edit: Managed to fix the error, the settings got changed

Edited by nehac, 15 August 2011 - 02:13 PM.

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Is the ram recognized now?
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no the ram was never recognized and I ended up removing it after several times yesterday...
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Have you tried the new ram by itself?
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yes, and it didn't work. Contacted the company and found out that this brand is not supported by my computer.

So now, I returned this one and ordered one that is said to be for the dell inspiron 531. Hopefully can pick it up tomorrow or so

Will let you know how that turns out
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I'm glad you had a reputable company.

I don't understand what was wrong with what you ordered but as long as they make good on it all is well.
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Hi, I am still waiting to get the memory (was out of stock) hopefully will get it in a few days

I am however, getting the message
No Boot Device Available
Sata 0: Installed
Sata 1: Installed
Sata 2: None
Sata 3: None

again.... Tried all the fixes that have worked (including booting from the start up disk, and rechecking the boot order) Everything is correct but the message is still appearing.
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Try this:

Power off the computer
Unplug the power cord
Open the computer case and remove the small CMOS battery (about the size of a quarter)
Press and hold the power button for 10-15 seconds to drain all the capacitors
Put the CMOS battery back in
Plug in the power cord and power up the computer

You should see a message something like CMOS checksum error, press F1 to continue, F2 to enter Setup. You want the one that takes you to Setup.

Set date and time.
Check/adjust boot priority
Make sure hard drive and optical drives are detected.
Save and exit.

See if it boots now. If not, use you install Disc again and run Startup Repair 3 times (not 1 or 2) and see if that premanently resolves the problem.
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Did as you said and it worked :).
Also installed the ram, and now it is detecting the correct amount *yay*

Was worried before as the first time I installed them the computer was beeping. So after I reopened and rushed the new ram down more firmly the computer start up was fine.

Thank you for all of the help :unsure:

Is there anything else that I need to do now that the new ram is installed?
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Glad that helped.

As for the new ram, nothing else, just enjoy the increased performance.
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Great! Thank you soo much :)
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Me again. Having the boot device problem *again*.
Tried both the fixes, including doing the repair from the boot disc 3 times but it didn't help
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What is the make and model number of the computer?

Can you still use F12 to boot?
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Yes that is the only way I can get on. Have to press f12 and manually do it

Dell Inspiron 531
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