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Inspiron 4000 won't start

I recently bought 2x256MB SDRAM SODIMM modules (unbuffered, non-ECC) to replace my existing 2x64MB modules in my Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. However, the computer doesn't even start at all! Is there any way of running a diagnostic on the computer? On the modules? I even tried plugging them in one at a time, switching sockets for each one. What's my best option?

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  • cornbeefonry Apr 17, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestion. I installed the new BIOS, but my computer still won't start up.

  • cornbeefonry Apr 17, 2009

    I bought them on ebay. I should probably assume the modules were DOA. I would really like to test them out though, but don't have another compatible laptop.


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Install the old RAM, download and install the A23 BIOS flash, then try the new RAM again.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • IQUIT Apr 17, 2009

    Then the next question is where did you buy your RAM. guarantees compatibility, and so does Dell upgrade ram.


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