Why doesn't it start after replacing memory?

July 2, 2011 at 18:07:57
Specs: xp home edition
My Gateway desktop had 1gb of RAM. I replaced the 2 512mb memory boards with 2 1gb boards. Now the computer doesn't fully start up. It lights up, but the router, monitor and peripherals don't recognize that its on. I've been told that I might have to reinstall the OS, but how do I do that when nothing recognizes it? It runs XP home edition.

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July 2, 2011 at 18:25:03
Most likely the RAM is incompatible with your computer, it was not installed correctly, or the RAM is bad. Try putting the original RAM back. Confirm that the RAM is compatible. Not all RAM that fits is compatible.

There should be no need to reinstall the OS.

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July 8, 2011 at 12:44:18
Apparently, (according to the techs) I must have caused some static electricity or something to fry the motherboard. The RAM was compatible and positioned correctly. Even using different sticks didn't work. I ended up buying a new computer. Thank you for the responses.

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