This could be a n00b question so bear with me. Ok when I start up my laptop occasionally I get the message, 'The amount of system memory has changed, press F1 to continue or F2 for setup. So I press F2 it takes me to the system BIOS and I find out that my memory is no longer 512 MB but 256. Restart, memory goes back up to 512. Next time I turn on back to 256. Recently the RAM has just stuck at 256. Can anybody tell me whats going on? I've done a repair reinstall of windows and that hasn't changed anything. I have Dell inspiron 4150. P3 1.8 GHz ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 512 MB RAM (or should have)
Hmm I'm not relly an expert on this but do you think you fried a ram chip if you have 2 256mb?
Pethegreat is probably right, you never know though it could be a BIOS or software problem. If you are a noob at this computer stuff get someone to check it out for you.
I dont think its a fried chip, as the 512 just came back (like I said at the top), and i ran MemTest up to 1400% and it didnt find anything
maybe its a little loose? i wouldn't try that myself... but tats just me... with my bros 12" g4... i don't know how they cram all that in there... it would like... shoot out at me as soon as i took off that last screw... i can just feel it... get someone who knows what they're doing to check it for you
You could try building your own computer than trusting Dell to do it ;).
Build your own laptop? Hmmm... good luck:D
Probably a bad connection, could try cleaning the little connection plates at the bottom of the sticks.