11-24-2010, 02:43 PM
Join Date: Nov 2010
OS: Win XP
Hey guys, sweet site.
So I have an old Dimension 2400, here's the current stats:
512mb RAM (Kingston)
Pentium 4 2.8ghz
nVidia GEForce FX5500 256mb
There are two ram slots - only one of which is taken by a 512mb. A while back a friend gave me another 512mb stick (Spektec) that I popped in only to get a blank screen. After getting online and reading about how it usually has to be two matching sticks to really work right, and a few failed attempts, I gave up and just figured I'd call it a loss, it was free anyway. (Oh yea by the way this is DDR2, dont know if that matters.
Months later, (yesterday), I decided to go buy a 1gb stick from this computer shop I work next door to. So I went in and got 1gb (Samsung) for $30. So I come home and without thinking about how they have to match, pop it in and boot up and it says at startup "The memory in your computer has changed. F1 to continue" ... no surprise, I've seen this message before. So I boot up and start messing around, everything going great and much faster then before. (Keep in mind Im at 1.5gb now between two slots). So I start up a game, and voila the game runs so much better. Then BOOM - bluescreen, followed by almost immediate shut down. (5 or so seconds after bluescreen).
So after reading around once more, and a boat load of failed trial and error, I figured I'd break down and ask someone else out there if they've had similar problems, here's where it stands at this point:
THINGS I'VE TRIED
1x 512mb in slot A / 1x 512mb in slot B
1x 1gb in slot A / 1x 512mb in slot B
1x 512 in slot A / 1x gb in slot B
1x 1gb in slot A
1x 1gb in slot B
RESULTS I'VE HAD
Bluescreen about "check hardware installed"
Bluescreen about "dumping physical memory"
Bluescreen about "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGES_AREA"
Blank Screen - no bootup
So at this point Im back to where I was before I was given a free RAM and also decided to go out and buy a seperate one myself.... Let me know if you guys can help in any way. Thanks so much.