Tried swapping RAM, now XP won't let me in

July 12, 2009 at 21:23:18
Specs: Windows XP sp2, AMD Athlon 3800+ 4GB RAM
Anyone who remembers my posts may know I've been having a lot of computer problems lately. I had determined they were mostly due to a failing hard drive, but I was unable to get a copy of XP right away to replace the drive. In the meantime, I continue to have problems and I thought I would just double check and make sure it is not my RAM.

So I pulled out my two 2GB sticks of Corsair RAM and put in a 1GB stick of the G.Skill RAM I was using before I upgraded. When I turned my computer back on, I first got a warning message that listed my computer components and the RAM as installed:

***** WARNING: System BOOT Fail *****
Your last boot fail or POST interrupted. Please enter setup to load default and reboot again.

So I did that, I went into BIOS setup and changed it back to defaults. The computer boots, I type in my Windows XP name and password and then... nothing. The screen goes black and stays black. Totally unresponsive.

So I tried my 2GB Corsair sticks of RAM, each individually and then together and it's the same exact thing everytime. Just a black screen. I can't use my computer at all now. I am no computer wiz or anything, but all I did was stick the RAM into the motherboard slots, which I have done before and doesn't seem that complicated.

Can anyone make some sense of what's gone wrong?


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#1
July 12, 2009 at 23:49:53
Try only using only the new RAM again then check the Bios setup then try to start up the computer again.

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#2
July 13, 2009 at 06:41:32
It always helps to list your system specs. I know I've helped (or tried to help) in the past, but I can't remember the specs for everyone I respond to.

My guess is that when you reset the BIOS defaults, the "Initial Display first" setting changed. That would explain why you can see the POST/BIOS screen but it blanks out for Windows.


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#3
July 13, 2009 at 10:08:15
OK, I tried to turn it on again but just left the black screen up for a bit and didn't do anything. It did eventually stat up, but it took a realllly lonnnng time. I was greeted by my sound drivers being gone so I can't hear any sound. My computer also is unable to connect to the internet, even though my laptop can do it no problem. Those are icing on the cake since my computer is already sluggish and freezes.

Looks like I need to replace this hard drive very quickly. I used Magical Jelly Bean (http://magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/) to get my installed XP product key. Now I just need to track down a copy of the XP discs I can borrow. My current HDD and the product key I retrieved are for Windows XP Pro. Is it safe to assume that if I borrow XP Home, my product key will not work?


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#4
July 13, 2009 at 14:16:59
Yes, you can borrow an XP CD & just use your product key.

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#5
July 13, 2009 at 16:16:03
The key for Pro will not work with Home

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#6
July 13, 2009 at 17:37:05
Yes, that is correct. Pro must go with Pro. I got it all figured out and got XP installed! Thanks.

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#7
July 14, 2009 at 00:29:29
Also You might need to reinstall the drivers if the case.

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