What the f is up with my RAM? 6 replies

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grishank

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#1 16 years ago

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)




Pethegreat Advanced Member

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#2 16 years ago

Hmm I'm not relly an expert on this but do you think you fried a ram chip if you have 2 256mb?




Vertical345

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#3 16 years ago

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.




grishank

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#4 16 years ago

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




Homer Gonerson

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#5 16 years ago

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




Spyder F-16

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#6 16 years ago

You could try building your own computer than trusting Dell to do it ;).




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#7 16 years ago

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.