Just bought some new RAM and installed it into the PC. At first the machine booted fine, but locked up upon starting an application, so we put the old RAM back in and had no problems. We tested the RAM in another machine and it worked fine, so we put it back in the first one. Now, the PC posts but gets stuck on the Infinity screen indefinitely. We've tried every combination of old RAM, new RAM, and moving the sticks into different slots, but the machine won't boot, even with the original RAM configuration. The other machine we tested has an identical motherboard, processor and video card and has had no problems with the RAM upgrade.
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Re: PC Won't Start After Initial Post
Make sure the ram is the same name of kind. if you can get the old computer on, hit the esc key and go in the bois and hit save, and restart. this should bring the computer back up. check the piggs (jumpers) on the motherboard to see if all are the same, more them around and try each one, I hope this will help you.
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It almost sounds like your primary boot disk is incorrectly selected in the BIOS. On older machines, the primary disk on the primary cable had to be the boot disk, but nowadays almost any device can be selected as boot disk. Check your BIOS setting and ensure that the hard disk partition that you have Windows installed on is selected as the first boot device. Otherwise, the system may be looking in the wrong place for the OS and giving the boot error.
Remove the RAM and install it again and restart.....it will work if still not work then change remove RAM again and start your machine..it will give beep sound...if it will not give beep sound then understand your machine's mother board is faulty......
besides the beeps which indicate a motherboard timing issue. There should be LED blinking codes given on the front LEDs. I will include the blink codes below, but lets try to at least get the system up and running. First, I would like you to remove the RAM sticks from the laptop and just reseat one stick back in the machine. Try to boot with that one stick, if it does not, try the other alone. There have been issues when reseating the ram or re-installing it have temp. fixed the issue. If it does reboot, go to the HP support site, put in your model number of your laptop and download and install an updated BIOS. Below are the blink codes that may narrow down the problem.....
HP DV6000 LED Blink Codes
LED Component Error Condition Blinking battery power LED Battery Insufficient charge on the battery Blink: 1 - Caps Lock/Num Lock CPU CPU not functional Blink: 2 - Caps Lock/Num Lock BIOS BIOS corruption failure Blink: 3 - Caps Lock/Num Lock Memory Module error not functional Blink: 4 - Caps Lock/Num Lock Graphics Graphics controller not functional Blink: 5 - Caps Lock/Num Lock System board General system board failure Blink: 6 - Caps Lock/Num Lock BIOS BIOS authentication failure
Reset/replace the Ram/memory. Sometimes faulty and failing ram can keep a computer from booting up. If you have 2 sticks, take one out and then try to boot, then try with just the other stick. The flashing caps lock icon means a general failure, though it is most commonly associated with the motherboard.
You RAM module may be faulty or needs reseating in the DIMM slot B. Reseat the both RAM modules then :-
Check the POST information as it boots up, the amount of install RAM should equal to the installed RAM (the total RAM could be 256Mb or 512Mb or 1Gb depends how much memory you purchased with the laptop) less 64 Mb or 128 Mb RAM which is used for video memory (depends upon your video card requirements).
Once you fix your RAM problems you should be able to reinstall Windows.
Just to make sure, you are UPgrading the RAM aren't you, it originally has 1GB in it, didn't it? Because i Hate people that change things when it is unnecessary. But you are right it helps to look at the little label on the RAM you took out as to what kind to get, try to get the same speed will probably guarantee it will work.
if you can get past the POST properly and see the drive size, nothing is wrong with the drive hardware. I think XP is seeing a previous boot sector install so try first to fdisk, format and system boot the drive. This should remove any boot sector "shadows".