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Gateway 420gr motherboard sees new 3 gb memory but windows xp will not run

It ran fine with 512x4 memory, but I went to 512x2 and 1gbx2 and the mother board bios sees the memory, but windows XP SP3 never gets to the blue welcome screen. Pulled out the new memory and it works fine,

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    Brian Sullivan Jan 06, 2013

    Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer you could select the option start at last known configuration that worked this will tell you if and what file has been corrupted or missing then you will know if its a hardware issue

  • Peter Crawford Jan 06, 2013

    Thanks. I am currently using the computer with 2GB and it works just fine. I have tried safe mode and that didn't help. I am going to try upgrading the operating system next.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 06, 2013

    Ok which operating system are you thinking of upgrading to ? So you decided not to jump from Windows XP to Windows VISTA. but now you're ready to LEAP forward into Windows 7. First, you will want to BACKUP ALL of your programs. If you wish, you can use an external hard drive and a program called WINDOWS EASY TRANSFER to make this task easier. See the link below for this FREE programhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/detai... Now, for the fun part! Insert the Windows 7 disc into the computer and start or restart the computer.Follow the onscreen instructions to completely install Windows 7. You will now need to reinstall each of your programs. If you used Windows Easy Transfer, you can use the list of programs that it prints out to be certain that you reinstall all of your programs.

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WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL. http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules Only work inside the computer case when the power has been switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source. Some of the below steps recommend removing physical parts within the computer. While in the computer it is highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards Remove the memory modules from their slots. Take the opportunity to clean the slots on the motherboards and the memory module connectors. Use compressed air to blow dust away and clean contacts with a soft cloth. Do not use a metallic vacuum cleaner if it touches any component it may create a short and cause damage to the motherboard or other components. Do not use solvent that may attract dust and never poke things like cotton buds in to slots. lightly rub an alcohol (Methylated Spirits) on a cloth not to hard let the alcohol do the work on the copper gold or silver tabs and r Allow the pins to dry. They will air dry in a matter of minutes. If reseating the memory did not resolve the issue try swapping the location of the memory. If you have only one stick of memory in the computer try moving it to another slot and then boot the computer. Check the memory module and memory slot contacts. They are either copper tin or gold. The colour will tell you which they are. Mixing tin and gold can result in corrosion that prevents proper contact. Look for any sign of physical damage to the memory module, memory slots or the motherboard. Reseat the memory modules. You should hear an audible click when they are in place. Do not use too much force to reseat the memory module in to the slot this can cause damage to the module, slot or motherboard. The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.


The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible. Could be a problem with the Hard Drive or the Hard drives PCB http://www.onepcbsolution.com/ There is a connection problem such as a bad cable for internal hard drives
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide this will be the first to fail Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd and floppy (If Applicable) have secure connections and are not faulty. or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

Hope this helps.

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  • Peter Crawford Jan 06, 2013

    Thanks, but the memory shows up when the BIOS boots. Windows kust can't boot when it is in there.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 06, 2013

    Are the ram modules of the same make and are they compatible did you buy them as a working pair ? if it worked with the other ram modules it leaves only one device problem it could be

  • Peter Crawford Jan 06, 2013

    The RAM is plugged in and working. It shows up when the BIOS comes up. I think windows is the problem. It is home edition and it seems to fail if there is more memory than it can handle. I thought it would just ignore it.

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Jan 06, 2013

    4053Gateway 420GR Desktop Computer 512 MB DDR (400 Mhz), dual channel expandable to 4 GB DDR 400 MHz and DDR 333 MHz SDRAM DIMMs try putting the old ram modules back in and see if it works to eliminate the ram issue have you tried restarting in safe mode ?

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SOURCE: Install more memory, install new dvd/cd drives

As far as the memory in your system goes, each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-8500, DDR2 PC2-5300, or DDR2 PC2-6400 with a maximum of 1GB per slot. You can add two 1GB modules to your present configuration if you choose.

For complete info go to: Crucial for Gateway 835GM

You can also go to www.crucial.com and run their scan feature. It's safe and works well.

Note that you should install memory in matched pairs, so if you should buy 2 more 512MB modules, make sure they are the same kind/type. Also realize that should you upgrade to 4GB of RAM, unless you have a 64-bit OS, it may not recognize all 4GB.


As for the drives, any "big box" electronics store will have the drives you need/want. Even Wal-Mart has a decent selection of internal drives. The drives should work with no problem. Gateway and other companies put fancy bezels on the front, but they have buttons and hinged doors that will allow most drives to be used. One thing you need to make sure of is what type of drive you need. That is, what type of controller is used, either IDE or the newer SATA. If you are not sure, comment back and i will try to research it further.

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SOURCE: replacing a mother board for a gateway 505gr

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SOURCE: Monitor goes into power saver mode

Take your Agp card with you to the shop. You do not need to go through Gateway, but there are serveal formats of AGP regarding the voltages.

By the sounds of it you have the newer version of AGP so finding a replacement card won't be a problem. The only real issue you have is AGP cards cost a lot more then their PCI-e conterparts.

Going from a GeForce 4, look for something like an FX5700 or even a 6200. Don't let the sales guys get in your ear either. Putting any higher video card then these in your current system and your wasting your money.

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SOURCE: Gateway 420gr sata driver in XP

If you downloaded all the drivers for you 420gr motherboard at the Gateway site then you should be all set.

You didn't say if your hard drive was operating correctly or not?

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