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Problem upgrading BIOS on Dell Laptop


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Didn't work.
OS wouldn't load.
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Didn't work.
OS wouldn't load.

 

Ok, in some cases it works with one stick of RAM that have higher frequency but not with the pair.

 

In you case I don't think you have any option besides returning the RAM and install modules 2x 2GB PC2 5300S 667Mhz


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So this should do the trick:

https://www.amazon.c..._sp_detail_page
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Can you tell me why when I put only
the 1GB stick the OS won't load?
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So this should do the trick:

https://www.amazon.c..._sp_detail_page

 

Yes.

 

Can you tell me why when I put only
the 1GB stick the OS won't load?

 

The 1GB stick is the initial memory installed that worked before?

 

Do you get any error? Maybe some option changed on the BIOS!


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1 GB was initial.
Prior to installing 2GB sticks I updated BIOS.

Error message says that there was a change in
memory and to rreseat stick
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- Power off the machine and don't forget to remove the battery

- Remove all the memory and start the machine

- Power off the machine and remove the battery

- Install the 1GB

- Start the machine to see if the error is gone

 

Edit: Also found this:

 

let the computer sit there for at least 10 minutes max.   you will eventually see a dialog stating "press f1 to continue or f2 to enter setup").  u can press f1, it will boot into windows.  as soon as you get to the login, do a reboot, and presto, no more memory messages.  if you really want to be safe, press F2 to go into set up, and then press F10 to save and exit.  that also will do the trick.  but since cmos set up scares newbies, just hit F1 and reboot


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Thanks that worked.
Do you think I should try the 2GB sticks with tge battery removed?
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Thanks that worked.
Do you think I should try the 2GB sticks with tge battery removed?

 

I don't think it will work because the memory have higher specs for the supported by the laptop, it doesn't hurt to try.


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Hi,
I finally got the 2GB 667 sticks of RAM you suggested.
I've put them in the slots.
However my computer is saying 3.24GB of RAM and not 4G.

Appreciate some help.
Thanks

Edited by monkeyboyblues, 01 October 2016 - 06:16 PM.

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Hi,
 

Do you have a 64 bits Windows installed? Another possibility if the computer doesn't include a dedicated graphic card with memory it will use some of the installed RAM.


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I believe it is 32 bit.
Is there any way to rectify this?
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I believe it is 32 bit.
Is there any way to rectify this?

 

Not sure because some old machines can't access the full 4GB due to limitations of the chipset used.

 

Can you check the Device Manager and post which is the graphic card.


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Where exactly under device manager can I find this?
U have XP.
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Where exactly under device manager can I find this?


Click Start > Run > devmgmt.msc
 

U have XP.


XP is old and unsupported by Microsoft. On a old machine like that probably the best option is to install some Linux distribution.
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