Its a dell 3100 2.3 gig proc its just been upgraded to 1 gig of ram from 512 it refuses to boot into windows and even has problems gettin into the bois the screen freezes with random characters letters etc on the screen ive tried every solution i can think of resetting bois the works and cant for the life o me work it out i suspect overheating any ideas anyone ???
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Re: dell 3100 suspected overheat
It sounds to me like you have installed the wrong type of RAM, or it is not seated properly. Remove the RAM, and try to install it again making sure that it "clicks" into the slots. Also, look at the old RAM, and compare the numbers, if the RAM is the same speed, timing etc. as the new one, than you should be OK. Just make sure it is installed correctly. Match PC 2700 with PC 2700 etc.
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Even if I think it is not teh case..i suggest to check the ram memory ..and see how much you have installed on your system ..remember that for windows Vista the minimum required is !G of ram ..and a CPU ..with speeds over 1,5 G ..(which is not teh case cause this one came with a fast cpu ) .. But the ram may be the issue ..cause on standard configuration ..it may have only 512 M of ram on ddr2 667 , and in this case will not be capable to run VISTA or windows 7 ..You actually need to upgrade the ram memory by adding at least 1G of ram ..and be sure it will run well ..(adding just a 512 will make it work but will be slow on vista..Vista is known for demanding more resources than any operation system ..I suggest if you upgrade ram memory ..to go right for windows 7 ..This way you will eliminate some speed issues..cause windows 7 is faster ..) Another thing that may be ..is the space ...To install windows Vista or windows 7 ..you need at least 15 G of space free in the C drive ..where you want to install it ..otherwise will refuse the operation ..and stop the install process.. If you do have the space ..and teh ram memory needed..but just the partition is made too small ..I suggest to back -up files you need and can not recover from other places..and during installing ..format all drive ..by choosing advanced hard disk options ..and delete all partitions ..and make a large C drive ..(at least 40 G ) ..and the rest as you want.. format C drive and install the OS .. The rest of the partition just create them ..cause it is possible to format them in windows. By the way .for to be able to do all these you need to start the installing from a boot-able disk or a usb flash made boot-able with the OS on it ..cause if you run it from XP ..it will make issues..Either say you can not upgrade from xp if you run sp 1..or you can not delete the partitions if you have it active ..and running the installing from it ..So ..best way is to make a boot-able flash ..and boot from it ..by choosing it in the boot menu on start .. A boot-able disk will do the same .. let me know what exactly you have wrong ..and I will guide you through the process ...
Here are the specifications of the Gateway 838GM:
You will have to replace the existing memory with thesesettings only:
The machine comes with: 512 MB = 256 MB (removable) + 256 MB
PC3200DDR SDRAM DIMMs. Supports Dual Channel DDR
Nowyou can only upgrade to 4.0 Gig total.
I would recommend going to this link and order the correct memory foryour computer I use them quite a bit.
1024 is 1 gig of ram. Some older motherboards require you to put in ram in pairs but I don't think your system is one of those but if you have manual or can download manual you should check to be sure. If you don't need a pair then yes you can remove the 256 meg stick and add a 1 gig stick or you can put in 2 512 meg sticks. Should run a lot better as windows recommends at least 512 megs of ram.
Your last results is running your comp OK because it is really only running on the 512 stick. When putting 2 different sizes together it will only run on the smallest, with this said here is a website http://www.4allmemory.com it will test your comp to exactly what type RAM you need . I buy for my clients all the time from this website. Very reliable,Try it..and remember about the 2 sizes
Did you add the two sticks with the 512 or remove the 512 and add the two 1gb sticks? Try booting the machine with ONLY the 1gb sticks in.
Your machine supports 1gb modules but they can't be higher than 533MHz. Check that the memory you purchased was either PC3200 (400MHz) or PC4200 (533MHz) and is 1.8v. If you post the part number off of one of the modules I can look it up for you.
As long as you have a open vga, vga e, or pci slot in your computer you should be able to install a new video card. the Acer website says your motherboard supports up two gigs of ram, I am not sure how much ram you are running but if it is under 1 gig I would consider upgrading that also. as far as a graphics card goes get one that has at least 512 mb of its own ram so it dosent pull from your system ram as I am sure your current on-board card is doing. Another couple of hints are: if you are running Windows Vista you they call for 1 gig ram for optimal performance, also it is very important that you un-install any graphics drivers before you install new ones, and when you install the new card read the instructions completely before you do anything.
hope this helps