|I have a computer that runs XP and had 1GB of RAM. There are two memory slots - each had 512MB. I wanted to upgrade to 2GB, so I bought 2 - 1GB sticks (same specs...PC2700 152 pin). So here's the rundown of what I happened...|
The computer had been running fine (and I had AVG Free Edition anti-virus). I wanted to go with Windows Live OneCare, so I installed that. At the end, it asked to reboot. I said No because I wanted to do a shutdown, so I could swap out my memory too. But when I went to do the shut down, the computer just got hung up and didn't do anything. After a while of waiting, I decided to pull the power cord.
I opened up the box and saw it was dusty, so I used a can of compressed air to blow it out. Then I swapped out the memory and booted it up. The lights, fan and HD turned on like normal, but there was no display (I waited 20 minutes). The power button wouldn't shut it off, so I pulled the plug again. I switched to another monitor. Same problem. I switched back to the original memory. Same problem. I read on this board that sometimes re-seating the memory can help with display problems. I did this with both sets of memory, with no luck. What could this be?
Here's the variables that I can think of...
- not shutting down properly
- blowing compressed air
- switching memory