Solved Hp pavilon changed memory from 512 mb to 1gig won't boot

May 1, 2012 at 17:15:41
Specs: Windows XP
Hp pavilon Quad system it had vista originally before it got scrapped. I'm installing XP in it.
I wanted at least 1 gig of memory in it but only had one stick of 512 mb. Got a stick of 1 gig
from a local computer shop put it in now doesn't boot to windows. I get a message that the
system has been corupted files. Do I just re-install with the new ram, will it help.

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May 4, 2012 at 17:02:43
"When I put the 512meg module back in it boots just fine, I believe I got a bad stick of ram."

Then simply return it for a refund and purchase memory compatible for your system (in both size and speed). OEM systems such as HP and Dell can sometimes be fussy about what they'll accept. Get memory from someone (such as Crucial) that can guarantee that it will work. It may cost a little more, but it's generally worth it...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."



#1
May 1, 2012 at 17:23:04
Run memtest.

Hang up and live.


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#2
May 1, 2012 at 17:29:33
Don't re-install just yet.

If you remove the new RAM stick, does it boot normally? If so, ensure the RAM stick is combatable with the machine. ie; Error correcting/Non-correcting etc.

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#3
May 2, 2012 at 05:20:00
I have never seen this message

"the system has been corupted files"

But in all likelihood, the memory that you purchased is defective and has corrupted your files system.

I would remove the new stick of memory, boot to the recovery console or windows, of any other means. And run a full check disk on your hard drive.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...

Bad ram, always lead to corruption.


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#4
May 3, 2012 at 13:43:36
Dan,
When I put the 512meg module back in it boots just fine, I believe I got a bad stick of ram.

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May 4, 2012 at 17:02:43
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"When I put the 512meg module back in it boots just fine, I believe I got a bad stick of ram."

Then simply return it for a refund and purchase memory compatible for your system (in both size and speed). OEM systems such as HP and Dell can sometimes be fussy about what they'll accept. Get memory from someone (such as Crucial) that can guarantee that it will work. It may cost a little more, but it's generally worth it...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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