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added Ram and Vista will not boot why?

By lonniec1143 ·
Added Ram to a Dell laptop and reinstalled Vista. The computer will not boot. Instead it comes up with a count down screan How can I correct this

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Is the RAM

by The Scummy One In reply to added Ram and Vista will ...

the proper type for the motherboard?
Is it getting past the POST?
If it is getting into Vista and then failing, it may be a bad memory stick.

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Are you saying you did BOTH at once ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to added Ram and Vista will ...

Added ram AND reinstalled Vista immediately?

A little more detail might help, in as much as:

How much ram DID you have?
How much ram DO you now have?

WHICH laptop are you talking about?

Why did you reinstall Vista - what was the reason?

Can the RAM be seen in the BIOS?

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Re: added Ram and Vista will not boot why?

by aron.bury In reply to added Ram and Vista will ...

Also make sure that both sticks are the same speed, and if you can, define what you mean by the 'countdown screen'

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added Ram and Vista will not boot why?

by lonniec1143 In reply to Re: added Ram and Vista w ...

The Ram was 1 gig, 2 512 chips, Now it has 2 1 gig chips. The screan that comes up is boot in safe mode or boot windows normaly. If I chose boot windows in normal mode it boots, after about 5 attemps. The Ram can be seen in BIOS. The lap top is a Dell

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By the sounds of things Windows Did Not install Correctly

by OH Smeg In reply to added Ram and Vista will ...

Have you opened the BIOS and made sure that the RAM is correctly Shown and then Saved the Changes when Exiting BIOS?

There is a RAM Size Change that needs to be saved into the System so that the Hardware correctly Map's the RAM. Just saving the RAM Size Change may be sufficient to cure the current problem but quite often it requires a reinstall of the OS.

Col

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By the sounds of things Windows Did Not install Correctly

by lonniec1143 In reply to By the sounds of things W ...

I am not in front of the computer now, But I did look in BIOS and I did see the Ram was there. It also shows up in system description. That is right clicking my computer and selecting properties

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But did you save the Changes when you exited BIOS?

by OH Smeg In reply to By the sounds of things W ...

If you didn't then the Computer is still Mapping the Old amount of RAM and this is where the errors creep in.

Col

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But did you save the Changes when you exited BIOS?

by lonniec1143 In reply to But did you save the Chan ...

No I did not save, Bios had seen the Ram, So I did not Save changes, do I need to?

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Steps to add Ram

by lonniec1143 In reply to But did you save the Chan ...

What are the correct steps to take when adding Ram to vista?

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Yes you need to save the changes

by OH Smeg In reply to But did you save the Chan ...

As there is a new Configuration for the installed RAM so if you do not save this change the system is stuck believing that there is a different amount of RAM available so it attempts to Map the Old Amount and not the New Amount.

What you should do every time you install new RAM is to open the BIOS check that the correct Amount is shown as being present and then when you exit the BIOS save any Changes this will save the change that you made tot he Hardware by installing the RAM before you opened the BIOS.

Col

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