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Memory upgrade I recently upgraded from 3x DDR-DIMM 256MB to what I beleive is 2x DDR-DIMM 1GB. Since then both of my DVD drives are not accesible. The green light is on but... no one is home...

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Re: Memory upgrade


when your system logs on, press F2 to go to set up.

under drives, you'll need to re enable each of your DVD's

happens when memory is changed, since that's where bios resides anywhoo.

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Posted on Mar 07, 2008

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