Memory Slot Problem

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rpoemer

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I have a Tecra 8100 Laptop running Windows XP Professional. The latptop has two slots (A & B) in which you can add 128MB of memory each.

When starting up the PC with both modules installed, I get the error message:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt

system32\drivers\pci.sys

You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM. Select R at the first screen to repair."

I have done as indicated and done a full repair on Windows XP but still get same message.

I then went to Microsoft.com to search the knowledge base. According to Microsoft, the above message indicates

"This issue may occur if your computer contains a hardware component that is either damaged or is incompatible with Windows XP."

I followed their instructions and it turns out that if I put just 128 MB in memory Slot A, the computer starts up fine. If I add it in 128MB in slot B, I get the above problem. At first I thought it was a bad memory module, but if I switch them, they will both start up the computer in Slot A when used by themselves. So it appears to me that Slot B is the problem somehow.

Any thoughts or assistance greatly appreciated.
 
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Or the memory modules may not be compatible with each other. Are they the same brand/type?
 

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I guess I should have mentioned that the two modules I have were previously working in the machine. However, they are not the same brand.
 

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I have tested all in Slot A and both work. Neither work in Slot B. What do you do with a bad slot?
 
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