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Installed new ram in my Toshiba Laptop... verified the type of ram needed. Now it won't boot up. I removed new ram... still will not boot... pls help.

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  • bama_red764 Jun 23, 2009

    I can't go into anything. It powers up... but no boot up.... black screen.


    Thank YOU for answering!!!

  • bama_red764 Jun 24, 2009

    OMG I am so stupid! Nevermind guys!!! I am ashamed to report that I merely had not seated the modules in far enough. I just freaked when it didn't come on.....


    Thank you ALL so much for jumping in there and being SOOO helpful!!

  • mnguy7764 May 11, 2010

    do you have a external monitor you could hook to the laptop to ensure that it is indeed not booting? What OS is it running? Which Toshiba laptop do you have?

  • mnguy7764 May 11, 2010

    Did you try going into the BIOS and resetting it to factory? Sometimes it does not read the memory right when it is upgraded.

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If the unit still doesn't come on with the old ram (assuming the old ram worked and the machine booted before) you might have zapped the MB accidentally while installing the new RAM, did you gound your self, take precautions to remain "static free"...? Doesn't take much with today's sensitive instruments to zap a component or two.
Try running an eraser (No 2 pencil) over the contact side of the new ram chips.. this should alleviate any excess static in the slot and then cross your fingers.
If it wasnt a laptop i would say get a new MB (motherboard) and swap it out to see if it worked but with a laptop that is no easy task (getting the replacement MB, or installing it).
Good Luck

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