Solved how to run step by step the POST on dell inspiron 8600

May 23, 2012 at 06:43:46
Specs: Windows XP
i have a dell inspiron 8600 witch doesn't turn on anymore but the leds show the POST stoping while testing the memory and then the computer turns off by itself i' am not sur but i though that mayby seing step by step the POST may help in something. so i need somebody help ! ia m not an expert even if i' v been using laptop since a certain time. Thanks in advance!

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May 23, 2012 at 07:47:12
One or more RAM modules may be faulty and in need of replacement.

As far as I know, you can't do a step-by-step of the initial boot process in Windows XP or later. It was possible in Windows 3.1 & Windows 95/98 which all ran on top of DOS, but XP changed all that.

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May 23, 2012 at 08:56:57
POST is a process before the OS loads. On manufacturing lines they might be able to step through the post sequence but it has been a long time since a user could.

Before you can access bios or any memory test the POST tests need to finish.

The stop may mean memory or a test before or after. Try re-seating memory first.

Them might consider a new memory module or using one then one if you have two to try.

Hang up and live.

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May 23, 2012 at 22:56:06
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It's extremely rare for ram that worked fine previously in the same mboard to go "BAD".
However, it can have a poor connection in it's slot(s) , or if your install ram that wasn't installed in the mboard previously in the same mboard it may not be 100% comptaible, and in that case in some cases the computer may not boot normally.

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