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Re: Only showing 64mb of ram instead of 256
You laptop shared to much memory to graphics try to look graphics adapter how many memory is use just right click to desktop select properties goto settings click advance and click adapter you can see the amount of memory using of graphics. Use only 64 mb or 128 mb shared memory it depend to memory card
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Will the laptop boot with the power adapter connected and battery removed? If so, boot it up and install the battery once it's booted up. If okay now, the battery was just really really drained. If okay with no battery but no good with battery, the battery may be bad, or something in the charging circuit may be defective - keep the battery out or replace mainboard ($$$$ - get a new laptop) If no good with ac adapter and no battery, test the adapter with an electrical meter. It should be putting out 18-19 volts. If not, try a replacement adapter. If adapter tests good but laptop won't boot with no battery, likely the mainboard. Also - remove hard drive and try to power up. If good, replace hard drive. If no good, reinstall hard drive and remove ram and try to power up. If it powers up, clean the ram and slot contacts gently with a pink pencil eraser and try testing each ram chip in each slot, 1 chip at a time. If still no good, start shopping for a new laptop.
Your motherboard has 64Mb built-in RAM and the video card needs some video RAM and has grabbed 8Mb of RAM which leaves the system with 56Mb of RAM. When you insert a 64Mb RAM module you have a total of 128Mb of which the video has grabbed 8Mb which leaves the system with 120Mb.
You can't change stop the video card from grabbing 8Mb of RAM, the RAM is essential for the video to work.
You can upgrade the RAM by removing the 64Mb RAM module and insert a 128Mb or 256Mb RAM module. You may even be able to insert a 512Mb RAM module if the motherboard will accept it, you need to check the specification of your laptop to see the maximum amount of RAM the laptop can handle.
the error: (Under this test, results show Error code 5300: 0119, which different comments for different parameters) Msg: Detected a failure while writing and reading video memory. (e.g.) Video mode: Dh (320 x 200 16) Address A002Ch, expected to read Oh, but read 1Dh instead *
indicates the video card has failed and need to be replaced.
Yes, you can upgrade from Win98 to WinXP. The minimum hard drive requirements for WinXP is 1.5GB and the minimum RAM requirement is 64MB. You will also need a CD ROM for the install. Now those are the minimum requirements so don't expect it to go very fast. If possible I would recommend you upgrade to Win2000. WinXP and Win2000 are almost identical. The minimum hard drive for Win2000 is 650MB and for RAM it is 64MB. So you could still use your 4GB hard drive and have plenty of room. You will need a CD ROM for the Win2000 also. Good luck if you have anymore questons let me know,
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link to manual Remove battery remove hard drive remove keyboard remove keyboard bezel disconnect RTC Battery (Back-up Battery) press power on switch to dissipate voltage reconnect RTC Battery re-install bezel re-install keyboard re-install hard drive re-install battery re-boot check sum error enter bios set-up change date time etc
I would NOT recomment upgrading anything other than RAM and Hard drives on a laptop. It's very expensive, and can't always be done. If you want a gaming computer I'd recommend a desktop computer, as you will get a lot more "umph" for a lot less buck.
Same goes for upgrades. It's easy and fairly cheap (unless you want to have the absolute top knotch parts all the time) with a desktop because so many can use the same parts. Lots of laptops have "their own kind" of parts, which makes them expensive.
Keep the laptop for portability whenever you need your computer with you.