2GB Ram stick

November 20, 2010 at 23:18:49
Specs: Windows XP
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I just got ahold of a Gateway GT4024 with a dual core system in it. It's nothing top o the line, but was good enough to play Flight Simulator X. When I got it home, it booted up fine, no problems. I wasn't thrilled with the 1GB it had so I went and got a 2GB stick from the local computer shop. It is from Crucibal. Anyway, got it home and installed it. When I powered up it got a continued beep and no boot. Figured my OS was just too old so I loaded Windows 7 64bit on it. Just finished reloading and tried the 2GB stick again. Still the same thing. I know it reads "unbuffered" on the RAM. Could that be the issue there?

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November 21, 2010 at 00:02:16
A constant beep from the BIOS boot-up would be a hardware issue, not software. Per Gateway's support, the maximum the machine will support is 2GB (DDR2's), so likely that would be 2x1GB sticks. The single 2GB stick you're using may not be recognized by it:


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November 21, 2010 at 02:41:44
Yes you got incompatible ram. look here:

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November 21, 2010 at 06:12:25
I don't know why you would change the OS when the problem was obviously RAM related. As per Richard's link, your board only accepts up to 1GB per slot.

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December 11, 2010 at 05:53:57
Thanks for that input. I have since taken the tower back to the computer repair shop I bought the ram from. They tried 2 1Gb sticks, did the same thing. No boot and the long beep. We thought we had it working when we went with one of my old 512Mb and one of the new 1Gb sticks. However he didn't make sure it booted all the way. I got it home and set up, it boots up into windows, the BSOD's about 10 seconds after windows loads. So back with the two 512's and it runs fine.

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