Solved Incompatible RAM?

February 9, 2012 at 15:38:05
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 2.3 GHz / 256 MB RAM
I just purchased two sticks of RAM here:

When I try to boot up my computer after slotting them in, I get the three long beeps out of my motherboard and a black screen. I happens with both sticks and in both slots. They're definitely being fitted in there snugly too. I'm concerned the problem is that they're just not compatible with my motherboard. They're listed as 1 GB DDR PC2100 CL2.5 ECC. My old RAM was a stick of 256 MB DDR PC2100 CL2. Can anyone tell me if my new RAM is just not compatible, and why?

Dell Computer Corporation DIM4500
System Service Tag: GFSXK11 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: GFSXK11
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower

Board: Intel Corporation D845EPT2 AAA83421-106
Serial Number: MY02P9971934125H06CZ
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. A02 05/22/2002

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February 9, 2012 at 15:46:41
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Two major problems:

1. your board only accepts a max of 512MB per slot

2. your board does NOT accept ECC memory (which is generally used in servers)

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February 9, 2012 at 16:08:36
Ah, I was afraid of that. Well thanks for the help.

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