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Upgraded Dell Dimension 3100 memory to 2 Gigs - Windows XP fails

Had 512 MB memory and upgraded with two 1-Gig Dell memory cards, but Windows fails to fully boot; Gives error message Running with BIOS A04.

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Did you add the two sticks with the 512 or remove the 512 and add the two 1gb sticks? Try booting the machine with ONLY the 1gb sticks in.

Your machine supports 1gb modules but they can't be higher than 533MHz. Check that the memory you purchased was either PC3200 (400MHz) or PC4200 (533MHz) and is 1.8v. If you post the part number off of one of the modules I can look it up for you.

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Easy one. Pop that old memory back in and visit Dell's support site. You'll have to do a BIOS upgrade so that the motherboard will be able to recognise the memory.

Posted on Feb 22, 2009

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http://ftp.dell.com/Pages/Drivers/dimension-3100.html#Network

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Re-seat your memory modules and check to make sure you didn't knock any power or ide, sata cables loose or forgot to plug them back in when you were done working on the ram.

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RAM Technology DDR SDRAM Installed RAM 512 MB Max Supported RAM 2 GB Number of Memory Slots 2 x DIMMs Supported RAM Speeds 400 MHz • 333 MHz Installed Cache Memory 256 KB
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