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DELL OPTIPLES GX280 (E219542) MOBO, MID TOWER

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got this with 2x512 ram. Tried to upgrade to 2 GB PC-2 4200 533 mhz
which dell says is compatable. i tried to install this chip in every slot but all i get is several long beeps do you know what the problem is?

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Several long beeps means there is a problem with the memory. First of all make sure the memory is seated in the slot perfectly. There should be no movement whatsoever when you gently try to rock it side to side. If it still persists the bad news is the memory is most likely shorted out or defective. They are VERY sensitive to static electricity. I would go ahead and put the old memory back in for now and send the new defective memory back. Most vendors will issue you a replacement free of charge if you let them know it's not working.

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This is what you need to check. No matter what Dell says. Make sure that the old ram and new ram are the same speed. If the old ram is not PC-2 4200, than you need to get the same type for the upgrade. If this is correct, and you have matched them, old and new, than take your new ram, PC-2 4200, and exchange it for PC-2 5300. This will solve your problem. Some motherboards don't like certain kinds of memory. Mine came with PC-2 4200, and i tried to upgrade, it did not work. I had to go to PC-2 6400 to make it work. Also make sure the new ram is seated in it's slots. And the tips, on the ram ports, are locked onto the ram. Good luck.

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Yo have the corect memories chips. However, you have to isntall them in pair.
if the machine still give you the error beep code, then either you have the wron g memories, or one of the chip is bad. have them tested.

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