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Can I have a bit of help with a RAM upgrade I did?

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Interesting that you say this additional memory was working until your hard drive quit.
How did you verify the hard drive failure?? Possible that the memory failed or was causing issues that mimicked a HD failure?? In any case, replacing or removing the hard drive should have no bearing on how much memory is reported within the CMOS/BIOS System setup program.

If you have a USB floppy drive or USB CD drive, you can go here to download a bootable version of memtest:

My experience has been if the BIOS doesn't see it, something is wrong with the memory or the card slot. You don't by chance have any other RAM modules you can try??