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Dell Inspiron 2200 Memory keeps giving out

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Speakersrock, May 3, 2013.

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  1. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Hi there, Sorry I have not been around for a while.. due to the fast pace life takes us!

    I just wanted a second opinion on something..

    I have an old Dell Inspiron 2200 which I use as a bit of work horse, recently, and completely randomly the RAM in the expansion slot gave out,and so I was stuck with the 256mb on board memory until I got hold of a new stick. Once replaced the computer was up and going at full speed just fine. However less than a week later the new stick seems to have given out.

    I can't test it because I have no other device which takes the memory, and I can't load the computer with the stick in to run MemTest or anything because It won't got that far. Just shows the POST screen (which comes up very disarranged and wavy) and then shows a memory address issue screen and goes no further.

    I don't know much about circuitry, does this sound like the motherboard giving out or have I possibly just got unlucky and the RAM needs to go back?

    Any thoughts appreciated,

    Thanks

    Matt
     
  2. dai

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    check the contacts in the slot are clean
     
  3. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Wiped down and basted with compressed air, no joy ):

    Have just dismantled the laptop cleaned it all out and reassembled in case that makes any difference!

    Good try though, dai.
     
  4. Netghost56

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    If you're certain the new stick is good then it's probably the motherboard.

    Time to give that thing the old Viking burial :D
     
  5. Speakersrock

    Speakersrock Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply Netghost. I make you quite right, but I'm just not sure how to be sure the RAM is okay or not - if you get what I mean.

    I guess the only choice I have is to see if the supplier will take the ram back and go from there. If they send me a new one and that goes bad then I know for sure! They might not be interested though if I tell them the full story!

    However it cant be worth the cost of a new mobo / memory stick again...

    hurrrm.. I just hate burials that waste good electronics!
     
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