2007 DELL XPS M140 LAPTOP WILL LOCK DUE TO 256M MEMORY STICK
I don't know what happened a week ago. Only way I can bootup the laptop by removing the memory stick. Dell has a built in 256M on the motherboard which allows complete computer ops, but extreme slow. I have replaced the original stick with new ones of 512M 1.0G memory stick, but no help. I have done Dell Diagnostic. All components testing OK. I have checked the software enviornment, but do not detect any conflict. I am getting not much help on Dell site. I would appreciate if anyone can give me some help here.
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Re: 2007 DELL XPS M140 LAPTOP WILL LOCK DUE TO 256M...
Normally you boot up the laptop without a memory stick in the USB port.
Check your BIOS settings for the boot up device order.
You should have the hard drive as the first boot device, you can have the CD as the first boot device and the hard drive as the second boot device.
You should not have the USB port as the first boot device.
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You would have to reset the whole bios to default which maybe something you cannot do. The only other method would would be to take the laptop apart and remove the battery that keeps the motherboard BIOS memory powered. It should look like a large watch battery. Remove for 5 to 10 seconds, and replace. Then put the laptop back together and that should reset the BIOS, password and all.
Microsoft (and Dell) stopped supporting Windows 98 a few years ago -- it lasted for over TEN years! So, it is *NOT* likely that you will find drivers for any computer that was "designed for Windows 2000" or "designed for Windows XP" or "designed for Vista".
So, in general, it is a _bad_ idea to connect any computer running Windows 98 to the Internet -- Microsoft has issued many "security-fixes" in the 4 years after they stopped supporting Windows 98 and Windows ME.
The absolute best way to find out how and what memory you need is to go to www.crucial.com. They will automatically look at your computer online and let you know exactly the type of RAM and how many you can use..
Most laptops that I have worked on that power off that quickly turned out to be an overheating problem. Is the cooling fan running for the brief period that you can hear the hard drive before it powers off ? If the fan is running another potential resolution might be to remove the processor and apply new thermal paste.