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According to Kingston's web site, the Optiplex SX280 uses DDR2-400 or 533 speed chips of up to 2GB in size, for a total possible maximum of 4 GB. If you've used any other combination or type of chip, its not going to work. Also, make *sure* you've installed the chips correctly; it's easy to do improperly. You start by inserting them at a 45 degree angle, then pressing the high edge down until it clicks into place. Pop them both out if you still have trouble, and install them again. Make sure you've taken all static protection measures.

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