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Pavilion a1410y won't read second memory module

I installed a second 1GB memory module. The computer only reads the first slot, regardless of which 1 GB memory module is in the second slot. The two memory modules are from the Kingston and are the same model but purchased at different times. HP troubleshooting support says the problem is software and wants to charge me for support time. I've looked at the HP website for drivers but everything seems current.

The computer also won't create recovery discs. It always encounters a problem when starting to write to blank discs. Has anyone heard of this problem with this computer?

I don't think that the problems are related but wanted to mention all the problems witht he computer.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  • mesquer Dec 03, 2008

    I have already done this (looked at the setup screen and checked). The computer indicates that memory is not installed in the second slot even though the memory is physically installed. Do you think this is a motherboard problem?

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I have the same problem. In inability to support two HP recommended memory modules that are installed in the two memory slots. A1410y recognizes only one of the two modules. Pursued this problem when the computer was relatively new in 2007 however HP support provided conflicting recommendations, then fell back on the "reload the XP solution" which has nothing to do with the BIOS problem and easily sends complainers away. I have been living with a single 1GB memory stick with XP since. It is starting to get tight with the newer applications which are not built with small memory model in mind.



    Based upon the number of similar questions and complaints found on the net you can feel comfortable in that you are not alone with the memory problem.



    Recent contact with HP support, where I was looking specifically for a BIOS upgrade, revealed that HP does not have a BIOS upgrade for the a1410y, They would not endorse any upgrade from the mother board manufacturer. They also suggested that the mother board is bad...something that was not suggested back when the computer was under warranty.



    If you still have the original recovery partition on your harddisk, you can easily effect recovery of the operating system. Be prepared to lose your applications and possibly your data though. You do not need to use the 13 or 15 horrible recovery disks.



    Keep us informed of your luck finding a BIOS upgrade.



    Tom

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Try checking your bios and see if it is seeing it. goto to this site on how to check your bios: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph07110&lc=en&dlc=fi&cc=fi&lang=fi&product=3254035

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Provided,
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2) Adding it, will not go over the Maximum Total Amount for the motherboard.

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[Your body carries Static electricity.
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You may not even see it, or feel it.
Poof!
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Computer unplugged from power, computer on a table, computer case open, TOUCH the metal frame to relieve your body of Static.

{A couch, bed, or directly on a carpet floor are HIGH areas of Static]

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Remove the eraser dust with air. Use a can of compressed air for computers, or air pressure from your mouth.

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What you are doing is clearing CMOS Error Codes, and resetting BIOS back to the factory settings.

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I can supply you with the solution to your questions, however.

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There is a chance that by having the odd bank population that you said worked for awhile installed as you had, that the MB RAM slots were put under unusual voltage stess. There is a pretty good chance you can remove the 512MB stick, leave the two 1GB sticks in slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. But, this is VERY important: consult your board manual or access it online and read what the population requirments are for the slots as in some cases, the two matched sticks go in 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. This little oddity is found from time to time.

Consult your manual or download it and read how the slots need to be populated and stick with the two 1GB sticks.

There are memory testing programs you can find for free at majorgeeks dot com and test your RAM once you have it populated correctly.

In the future, I'd suggest you purchase RAM from Kingston or Corsair directly online as they usually offer a lifetime warranty and this RAM right now for you board is dirt cheap.

Hope this FIXED, as in ANSWERED you question and was more than helpful. Should you feel compelled to rate this solution after reading, either rate it FIXED or not at all. I know its helpful by default, that's what we do here. But only a thorough answer can FIX your situation. You should be fine if you follow my instructions. But, please consult you manual.

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