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Wont start up after ram upgrade

I took out the ram and replaced with two 512 MB ram sticks.

PC2100 DDR 266Mhz, now the laptop wont start up. I hear the fans whirring and two green lights come on, but nothing is visible on the screen.

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Try reseating the memory and if that doesn’t work, install the 512’s one at a time to see if one might be defective. If the laptop still won’t turn on, reinstall original memory and see if laptop powers on.



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Sorry for the delay in my response.

Your computer will accept a maximum of 1 GB of memory. If both memory modules are the same brand and part number then it is possible that one of the sticks are bad.

Try each 512 MB memory stick in the first memory slot, without installing a second stick. This will troubleshoot to find out if one of the 512 memory sticks are bad. If both check out ok, then the problem is with the video adaptor.

Have you tried adjusting the refresh rate on the monitor as I described in my first response?

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http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=93322&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&lang=en&cc=us

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