dell inspiron 530 4 beeps after upgrade ram

April 18, 2010 at 04:02:30
Specs: Windows XP
Trying to upgrade my Dell Inspiron 530 from 3 gb (2
1gb ram and 2 512mb ram sticks) to 4 gb (4 1gb ram
sticks) but when I do- I get 4 beeps and max fan
output with nothing else on the screen. I tested
everything following websites- nothing worked. I finally
put back in the original ram and now it works fine.
Anyone want to help me out with why this is
happening? Do I need to upgrade the Power box?

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April 18, 2010 at 05:18:04
All we know is dell inspiron 530, u didn't mention ram specs (old & new memory). Do u have 64bit win xp?

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April 18, 2010 at 06:19:38
To expand a little on what kuwese asked....if you don't have the 64-bit version of XP, this RAM upgrade is a waste of time. The 32-bit version of XP will never be able to take full advantage of it. Even if you were to get it to work correctly, it's doubtful you would see any improvement in performance.

The beeping indicates that you either bought incompatible RAM or you didn't have it fully seated in the RAM slots. Does the new memory match the old memory specs exactly? I'm guessing the old RAM is DDR2-667?

What was the intended purpose of this RAM upgrade?

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