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Dell 3100 suspected overheat

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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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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Sounds like a memory issue. Run memtestx86+ from a floppy or a CD.

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

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Try using Old RAM. If old RAM works well and new show the same behaviour, then new RAM timmings are not matching with the motherboard timmings. (ehteshamhusain@gmail.com)

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