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Added Ram but still computer takes forever to restart

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by xpsolutions?, Feb 25, 2007.

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  1. xpsolutions?

    xpsolutions? Thread Starter

    Oct 11, 2005
    Hi all,

    I have an Amd Duron 1 Ghz with 248mb Ram.
    Today I formatted and installed a fresh copy of windows Xp.
    This computer takes forever to restart. It takes a while waiting for windows Xp to load
    I also bought a 248mb Ram chip to ugrade the memory to 512 but still that didnt help a bit.
    Also, even after installing the second ram chip, Memory displayed in Control panel-System is still the same 248MB.

    what can I do to resolve this and make it load windows Xp faster ?. Mind that this is a fresh Windows Xp install and No other programs have been installed yet.
  2. dustyjay


    Jan 23, 2003
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    Does this system have onboard video? Wondering about the 248Mb Ram issue. I had a similar problem with a hard drive. Would take a long time to load and when starting programs it would take a long time also. Reinstalled windows and everything it was still the same. Installed a new Hard drive and it fixed the problem. Original hard drive was a 60 gig maxtor.
  3. norton850


    Mar 8, 2004
    Just to check the RAM issue. How much RAM is listed in BIOS or when you turn the system on?
  4. Compiler


    Oct 11, 2006
    If you added a 2nd RAM module and it still says 248mb free - then what you added is either defective or incompatible with your computer...

    WinXp likes a bit more powerful CPU than a duron 1Ghz... but should be okay with 512mb once you get it working.
  5. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    I agree you need to start running some diagnostic apps. Start with a hd check. This is downloaded from whoever made your disk; ie maxtor, seagate, WD, etc. Next you need to sort out the ram problem. I have never seen a 248meg chip. You probably have onboard video with 16meg allocated to video. When you added another ram chip, you should see the new ram.

    Post your exact specs and the specs of the ram you added. Include links to your parts if possible.
  6. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    Yeah as everyone suggests, your ram is most likely incompatible and that is assuming it is fully inserted in the ram slot.
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