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RAM Compatability issues


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phillpower2

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black screen with blinking line at the top

This can be caused by the OS and the MBR in particular, this may be born out by the information provided by Dell in that 8GB of Ram (2GB X 4) will only work with Vista Ultimate X64, you may need to have W7 64-bit Ultimate for the 8GB of Ram to work.

See if the Dell diagnostic tool shows anything amiss
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black screen with blinking line at the top

This can be caused by the OS and the MBR in particular, this may be born out by the information provided by Dell in that 8GB of Ram (2GB X 4) will only work with Vista Ultimate X64, you may need to have W7 64-bit Ultimate for the 8GB of Ram to work.

See if the Dell diagnostic tool shows anything amiss


Ran the diagnostic tool with CL8 in 0,1 and CL9 in 2,3 and it froze - tried multiple times without success. Strangely it appeared to break at the CPU testing phase or something similar.

I think I'll just have to live with the 4gb I have currently as nothing is working. Thanks anyways for your assistance, it is much appreciated!
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Sorry that I have not been able to help :( one more suggestion is to try restoring the MBs default factory settings in the BIOS in case they have been changed somehow.
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