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Adding ram, but computer freaks out.

OK, I have an E machines desktop.

3.2 GHz Intel celeron D
512 cache

whatever all that is..

It came with 512 Ram DDR2
I'ts supposed to be able to have up to 2 gig of ram.

I bought two 1 gig sticks.
Put em both in, and the computer fan kicks on high, and never slows down, and the monitor acts as iff its not connected to the PC.

Take one stick out and put the old 512 in, and it all works fine, the comp says it detected new RAM and the system stats show 1.5 gig RAM.

I tried installing the other stick again, and had the same problem.

I then reinstalled the old 512, and replaced the 1gig stick that was working fine with the other 1 gig stick.

It all works fine.

But it will not work with both 1 gig sticks.

Whats up with that?

Am I just not holding my mouth right or what?

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  • Danny Clark
    Danny Clark Jan 05, 2009

    The two 1 gig sticks are the same brand as each other, (purchased in a package from tiger direct new.)

    But not he same brand as the old 512.

    A jumper? Ok, where and how do I find it? what is the correct way to remove/disconnect it?

    Please understand you are talking to someone who knows very little about computers. To me, a jumper is something that I use on an airconditioning system.

  • Danny Clark
    Danny Clark Jan 05, 2009

    Thanks, I'll look into this, and don't worry, I will rate your solution after I get a chance to try it. Probably tomorow.

  • Danny Clark
    Danny Clark Jan 05, 2009

    OK, I see one three pin with a plastic removable tab.

    It is labled biosconfig.

    1 2 normal

    2 3 config

    no jump/rcvry

  • Danny Clark
    Danny Clark Jan 05, 2009

    OK, so what do I do with the jumper?

    I'm not sure which one is 1, 2, or 3.

    I ASSUME its currently on 1 and 2 but hate to go on assumptions.

    What should I do with it, and should I leave it in the new position permanently or what?

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    Danny Clark Jan 06, 2009

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  • brunotak Feb 07, 2009

    I have an Emachines T3882 and have a similar problem. I upgraded from 256mb to 2gb and it all worked fine for about 2 months. Then I had a problem with windows and had to format and reinstall. Now my 2 identical 1gb sticks wont work together, I get the blue error screen. i tired this solution, but it doesn't work. I only found one jumper and moved it to a new position, which takes me to the Bios setupp page, so then what? HELP!!!

  • Rachelle Aviles
    Rachelle Aviles May 11, 2010

    Are the 1g memory sticks of the same brand?


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Hi meB,

You should ask Hokuwho. He and I had an informative discussion in the lounge involving eMachines just before the Holidaze. I tried to find it so I could put the hyperlink here, but no joy.

The good news:
He supplied many e-references. He probably could rattle them right off for you.

The bad news:
Most of the references were eOwners who were real ePissed at eM. So much so that they were organizing a class action eSuit.

Really, Steve is a good bet on this one

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    Justin Case Jan 06, 2009

    I liked your procedure for Laptop Password removal. You cracked me up.

    Thanks for the rating.

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Jan 14, 2009

    Being inundated with lounge posts. I missed your critiques until now.

    Explaining the reasoning of rating, supplying a positive feedback, What an excellent concept.

    Allow me to defend myself. lol
    At the time I answered, the three of us were conversing in the lounge. I figured you'd contact him there. Anyone else and a link would certainly have been included.

    So you see, I deliberately treated you worse than I normally would anyone else. Feel better?

    Seriously, excellent effort, example of what should be a common practice.



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Try to update your bios. It's possible that the motherboard cant handle 2GB or reseating the jumpers may do the trick. Look for a set of 3 pins sticking out of the motherboard with a plastic wrapped around 2 of the pins. The pins are about 3mm long. There should be a label near the pin. You may find 2 sets of 3 pins. Just post back the labels you found for both.

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There is a jummper on the mother board you need to take off.

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  • farren wadley
    farren wadley Jan 05, 2009

    the jumpers are on the motherboard, small black, turn computer off, put the new ram in, you will need to remove 1 jumper at a time then try to turn on computer, if does not work replace jumper and keep doing this till you find the right one.

  • farren wadley
    farren wadley Jan 05, 2009

    OK, Thanks. they are small black caps that cover pins

  • farren wadley
    farren wadley Jan 05, 2009

    thats them

  • farren wadley
    farren wadley Jan 05, 2009

    new position, yes

    you wont hert the computer

    try them all, move them around till you find the right one, you will need to take one off

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