Replaced 4GB RAM Dell 530 won't boot

Dell Inspiron 530 desktop computer (inte...
December 12, 2009 at 11:06:24
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi -
I turned off my Inspiron 530 a week ago after using a new 4GB memory stick for the first time and now it won't boot up. Comes up with the Dell F2/F12 start screen, but no keys work and it won't respond. I tried putting in the VISTA re-install CD & restarting, no luck. Any ideas would be appreciated!!

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#1
December 12, 2009 at 11:48:03
The keyboard isn't not responding?Try to use another keyboard, have u test your memory with memtest?

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#2
December 12, 2009 at 12:12:34
Why did you replace the RAM? Did the computer boot successfully after you installed the new RAM? Have you tried removing it and putting the old RAM back into the slots?

LIR


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#3
December 12, 2009 at 12:13:09
Not memory or hardware. I was able ONE TIME to boot off the VISTA re-install CD by rapidly pressing F12 during power-up. Once up, everything looked fine until I ran a Norton 360 Liveupdate, then the PC went into "crash protect" DOS mode and would not come out. I shut off and can't get it to boot at all any more!

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#4
December 12, 2009 at 12:16:07
"Not memory or hardware" What does that mean? You didn't answer my questions, and now it appears you're changing the direction of this thread to a software problem. What does installing Norton have to do with the machine not booting after installing new RAM?

LIR


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#5
December 12, 2009 at 12:18:30
Jennifer - The blog editor didn't post correctly, I didn't replace RAM, I simply used a new 4GB memory stick!!

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#6
December 12, 2009 at 12:39:15
Try to put the old ram back and see what happens and we need to know your ram specs.

edit.. Your are using win vista 64bit?


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#7
December 12, 2009 at 14:18:03
"I didn't replace RAM, I simply used a new 4GB memory stick!!"

The title of your post is: "Replaced 4GB RAM Dell 530 won't boot". It sure sounds like you replaced it. The question is, what did you have & what did you replace it with?

According to Crucial.com (& a few other memory sites I checked), your 530 has 4 memory slots, each with a max capacity of 1GB. But you mention a 4GB stick...theoretically, it shouldn't work at all. Try installing 4 x 1GB sticks as recommended.

http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...


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#8
December 12, 2009 at 14:49:11
Well, it is obvious you people are idiots and cannot read. Anyone else out there?

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#9
December 12, 2009 at 15:14:07
"Replaced 4GB RAM Dell 530 won't boot"

We can read. You are the one who created the thread and set the subject heading, so don't blame us if we seem to have difficulty guessing what you really did and what your problem really is. Rant Over.

Now to clarify things, You used a 4 gb USB flashdrive for the first time. After shutting down the system you experienced some startup issue that you tried to resolve by booting from your Vista setup disc. Q? Did you reinstal the operating system? In your post #3 you said "Once up, everything looked fine until I ran a Norton 360 Liveupdate"

Does this mean you successfully reinstalled VISTA or were you simply able to boot into your original system?

Exactly what happens now if you try to boot up? Do you get any display? Can you press F2 or whatever the appropriate key is, to get into BIOS setup?

Q.? When you used the USB stick, did you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" sequence before pulling it from the slot?

It would probably have been safe to leave it connected while shutting down but if it were pulled without the "Safely Remove" process then you may have sent a voltage spike through the motherboard and damaged data on your harddrive. This is a possible reason why your operating system would not reboot. Might be a red herring.

Try this. Disconnect your harddrive. Both data/power cables.

Try booting the system into setup. Will it boot? If no then some other hardware problem exists. If it will boot then shut down, re-connect your drive and then boot up using a bootable CD/floppy containing a harddrive diagnostic program and see if the drive passes the manufacturer's fitness tests.

If it will not even boot into BIOS with the harddrive connected then either the drive/cable is faulty or the drive controller on the motherboard is dead.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#10
December 12, 2009 at 15:42:04
"Well, it is obvious you people are idiots and cannot read. Anyone else out there?"

You're the idiot, D-man! Maybe if you had gotten the terminology right in the 1st place, you would have saved yourself (& us) a lot of grief. All you had to do was write "USB" memory stick, but instead you used "RAM". Don't blame us for your ignorance.


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#11
December 12, 2009 at 16:35:08
Perhaps I missed it, but I don't see anywhere that the OP said he used a USB flash drive.

Lemme search again...

Nope. Don't see it.

LIR


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#12
December 12, 2009 at 17:20:56
If you can get past the misunderstanding over the terminology used in your subject heading, please answer the questions I raised in response 9 and just maybe we can help you resolve the problem without you spending your presumably hard earned $$ unnecessarily.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#13
December 12, 2009 at 21:25:29
When I started reading this I was thinking flash drive and looking for an answer but the OP didn't want an answer he wanted an argument. I'd be angry if I had found the answer lol.


Likely

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