moved ram cards

May 25, 2010 at 13:43:03
Specs: Windows Vista, 2 gb

hi i have a dell dimension e510 and i recently moved the ram cards becaue it is not reading them correctly its only reading the two other cards i have that are 256 compared to the two gb i have in so i moved them and it started up with a beep and know i moved them back to there original place and know it has issues with startup and trys to repair then repeats....thanks so much

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May 25, 2010 at 14:18:07
You need to ensure you have functional ram correctly
installed in the first place. Its not obvious from your post what
the situation is. How many RAM slots has the machine? And
what's in each?

I would try booting with just one 1GB stick installed (try each
on its own). You could also run something like memtest or
win7's memory test to check the RAM. If windows (btw you're
posting in win 7 forum but says vista at the top - which is it)
still won't repair itself you could try the 'advanced' recovery
procedures (basically access to a command prompt where
you can run chkdsk and manual boot sector recovery (bootrec
/fixboot)). Failing that you may need to backup your data (if
necessary) and do a clean install/factory restore.

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May 25, 2010 at 21:05:21
I went to 3 different sites after Googling and here are what they said on 3 of them:

1- RAM
Installed Size 512.0 MB / 4.0 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Speed 533.0 MHz
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Features Dual channel memory architecture

2- Memory Upgrade for Dell Dimension E510 Computer, the Dell Dimension E510 Computer takes the PC2-4200/5300 DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs. Supports Dual Channel DDR. Memory Type, and comes installed with 512 MB (removable) of Memory. You can upgrade your Dell Dimension E510 Computer to up to a maximum of 4.0 GB Memory, the system has 4 sockets to install Memory, already with 512 MB (removable) standard Memory installed. For best Computer performance use the maximum amount of allowed Memory per slot for your Computer.

3- Maximum Memory: 4096MB
Slots: 4 (2 banks of 2)
Standard Memory: 512MB removable
USB Support: 2.x Compliant
Although the memory can be installed one module at a time, the best performance comes from using matched pairs of modules.

Are you running compatible memory? Are you using dual channel memory? Is all of your memory equivalent spec's? Some motherboards do not like mixed memory speeds, others need the SLOWER ones to be in the first pair of slots, and on some, slots 1 & 3 are a pair, and 2 & 4 are a pair, (rather than 1 & 2 , 3 & 4).
Check your manual (or on website) for this information, and then experiment, and post back.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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