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Computer stopped running after NEW Ram installed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tarzan131, Mar 8, 2007.

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  1. tarzan131

    tarzan131 Thread Starter

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    I recently ordered a 512 MB ram from ebay (turned out it was DDR2) and didnt realize until i spent an hour trying to fit it in the memory slot of my Compaq Presario 4420CA computer (stats can be found on the www.hp.com website).

    After I realized that it is the wrong ram, I tried to reinstall the original 2 rams I had (128 mb 133 each for total of 256 MB ram). I tried to restart the computer but computer didn't start windows or even dos.

    Only thing happens is that the power light (flickering between green and orange colours) is solid orange for about 2 mins then goes blank.....At the same time the key board's NUM LOCK green light flashes in equal intervals and continues to do so.

    I have tried to reset the ram properly several times. But I fear I may have damaged the ram slots where the ram is to be placed.

    I have several questions. Anybody's input would be greatly appreciated.

    1) I purchased a new computer HP Pavillion and was able to connect my Compaq Hard drive to the new computer via Master and Slave configuration. I was able to access files in MY document folders of the individual users of the old computer accounts. BUT I could not access the files I had saved on the DESKTOP of my old computer.

    My first question is..........Are the files which we save on windows DESKTOP also saved on the HARD DRIVE or are they saved on the computer's local memory? When I tried to access the desktop in the new computer...(the old harddrive) I was given message saying u are not the administrator and thus do not have sufficient rights to access the desktop files.

    Where are the files saved on Desktop located?

    How can I retrieve these files with the old computer damaged and not running?


    2) The old computer is not running and as I mentioned the NUM lock key flashes.....No image appears on Computer monitor (Get that multicoloured Checkered board on Monitor indicating no signal coming to monitor from computer), and the power light of the computer will be solid orange when I start the computer and then go blank after about 2 minutes


    Will I have to replace the mother board? If so, will I lose all the files saved on my desktop of user accounts on the old computer?

    Please help.


    Extremely stresses,
    Tarzan:confused: :(
     
  2. bonk

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    For your files that you cannot access try this

    Take a look here

    For the old PC I would try and take the Cmos battery out for 10mins and the put it back in and try

    And also check and re-seat the video card and check all connections in case they were knocked loose
     
  3. tarzan131

    tarzan131 Thread Starter

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    Hey that was a really quick reply. Thanks, I will try it out. It's going to take me atleast a day to try out your suggestions. I will get back to you once I have implemented your suggestions.

    My sincere thanks for you assistance in this matter Mr. BONK.

    Cheers,
    Tarzan
     
  4. bonk

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    No prob....
     
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