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By rearadmiral ·
Hi, I've a Dell laptop that has been giving the following message intermittently for a while now: "memory address line failure at 030DC6A4, read F2F0F2F2 expecting F2F2F2F2. Decreasing memory". The machine was built with a 64 Meg memory. I thought it might be the 256 Meg memory I installed about a year ago in the 2nd bay but I've tried removing it & rebooting but the same message appears. Memory is cut to 48 Meg from 64 (or 320 when the extra memory's installed). I've not had this problem for the last three months until last week I installed a software update via CD & it's raised it's ugly head again, even if the new software is not initiated. As you may guess, the paging gets very ugly after a few hours use as the hard drive get hammered.Any ideas gratefully received.

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by rearadmiral In reply to Memory failure

I forgot to mention, if the 256 Meg memory is reinstalled, usually I'll have 320 Meg again after rebooting. However, I'm nearly always back to 48 Meg on the next reboot or two.

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by donovan.sargent In reply to Memory failure

I have encountered this problem before on several dell laptops. I'm not sure of the model you have but apparently there were some models that had a deffective 64mb module installed. I believe they even had a utility to run to check to see if the deffective memory was installed in the pc. I would recommend removing the original memory and see if things don't clear up.

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