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T40 memory upgrade

I tried replacing my 512M with 1G now PC won't boot error c0000218
can't load hive (file) \system boot\system 32\config\software
or ots log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent or ot writable.

Removed new memory and still same error.
How can i RECOVER? Tried putting in bootable disk in cd and still same error

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One of your memory slots may have gone bad. Try putting one memory card in one slot thaen the other. Let us know.

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