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Did i just broke my laptop when installing RAM wrong?

Discussion in 'Dell Inspiron and Dell Studio' started by dynamic140, Oct 13, 2009.

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  1. dynamic140

    dynamic140 Notebook Geek

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    okay i will post the pics soon. Thank you guys for looking at my thread.
     
  2. DRFP

    DRFP Notebook Evangelist

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    You know I wonder if the ram is being seated right.

    Also this computer may need both ram sockets filled to boot

    OK with the ram out, you put it in at an angle ( search you tube there are videos on putting in so dimms its the same all the time) then you gently push down and it clicks in, but its to be easy to put into the socket.

    if a pin is not aligned, just one it will not work.

    there are 2 side clips that hold the dimm in, they must be to the side opposite, when you do this the memory pops up and it comes out easy, I think that is the part you did wrong, if you did not push the holders on the side to the side then it would be hard to pull out the ram
     
  3. DarthOdor

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    You should carefully try removing and reseating 1 memory module. It's possible that you still have not put it into it's slot perfectally straight. Memory is sensative and if it's not treated gently, the chip may not align correctly into its slot. Try again to install one chip-- it it doesn't work toss it on the ground and jump on it.
     
  4. Haulero

    Haulero Notebook Consultant

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    If the ram is not being seated right, the computer will not recognized it but still will boot up, (if you only adding ram. mine had 256mb in it so I added 1GB more, then my pc was still showing 256mb) Because when I installed ram in my laptop that happened to me, the ram was not seated right, computer boot up but it didn't recognize the new ram, so I had to turn it off and do it again. Now, I don't think the computer needs both ram sockets filled since my computer came with one ram stick only and the other socket was empty and everything was working fine.
     
  5. Greg

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    If you are only going to use one memory stick, that stick needs to be in DIMM slot A. Remove all the RAM from the system, and put in just one chip. Just don't force it this time.
     
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    http://s991.photobucket.com/albums/af32/dynamic140/

    okay this is my album with 6 pictures i just did. Can you guys see it well? 2 of the pics have the old ram stuck in... doesn't matter if its new ram or old ram b/c that is how i stuck it in. the other 4 photos show how the slots look now. Anyone can tell me anything from what they see?

    I can take more better pics but this is the best i can do now. Can you guys view my pics? I just posted my username so i assume u guys can see the 6 photos? If not, i will post all the individual links.
     
  8. jabbok

    jabbok Notebook Deity

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    The memory module in the 2nd last picture is seated in the slot all the way.
     
  9. DRFP

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    [​IMG]

    in this pic the ram is not seated right

    you should not see the gold part on the end of the memory cards at all when seated right
     
  10. dynamic140

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    okay i cannot put the ram in where i cannot see any of the gold. I have stuck it in perfectly though.
     
  11. DRFP

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    It still will not boot?
     
  12. dynamic140

    dynamic140 Notebook Geek

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    wow it works now! Thanks! It asks me to strike F1 to continue or f2 to run setup utility. What should i press? !!!!!!!
     
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    You mean you cannot get the RAM in there more without using force? Then you probably did brake the connector.

    WHAT...hit F1!!!
     
  14. dynamic140

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    okay now the ram works. Thanks everyone!
     
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    Awesome. You definitely scared us for a little bit.
     
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    I'm glad you got it to work!

    close it up and enjoy!:D
     
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    Make sure you set the date and time because when this happens, date and time will not be right. That happens to me sometimes, if you don't set the date and time you will have problems with some website certificates like paypal, ebay, etc
     
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