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Added Memory, Now Computer doesn't Boot! HELP!

I just added PC133 SDRAM to an old, currently working gateway computer. Now it beeps 3 times on boot and does not display video. I removed the new stick and rebooted, still nothing. I even reseated the remaining to sticks, the video card, removed the battery, and tried the jumper thing with no success. Please HELP!

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  • mallrats202 May 26, 2009

    Thank you for your advise. The computer is actually an Gateway ELP 500C. This is the motherboard I'm using.
    Gateway 4000742 E3600 Motherboard Intel P4 AA A63931-3
    way 4000742 E3600 Motherboard Intel P4 AA A63931-304

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Either you have defective SDRAM chips, or your CPU was damaged when you installed them .. in either case, your only solution is to have the problem diagnosed by a professional.

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Try this, clean the old memory stick with a clean soft eraser, its edge connector both sides the one that makes contact with the slot. Then reinsert it again, just the old one.

Just do it while your unit is off and unplugged to any power source. And also discharge static from your hand.

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If you've recently added or tried to add additional memory to the computer and have started getting these beeps. Remove all new memory you've added to the computer. If the computer works fine after removing the new memory you're encountering either an incompatibility or defective new memory.
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If you've determined or believe that the memory in y our computer is bad we suggest that you replace it.
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