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I upgraded my ram from 256mb ram to 512 mb ram on my hp pavilion a305w. it wont boot up, nothing on the monitor and i keep hearing a beep. i dont know whats wrong. please help.

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  • aneubanks Jan 30, 2010

    I put the original 256 mb ram back in and still not booting up, blank screen and the beeping continues. there was alot of dust inside the cpu. this is the first time i opened it. could that have something to do with it?

  • aneubanks Jan 30, 2010

    i upgraded from 256 mb ram to 512 mb ram on my hp pavilion a305w. my pc wont boot up, the monitor is blank and there's is this constant beep that wont stop. i took out the 512 mb ram and put back the 256 mb ram. same thing, wont boot up, monitor is blank and the beeping continues. i have to add that there was lots of dust inside the cpu as this is the very first time I opened it. please help

  • aneubanks Jan 30, 2010

    I only added one 512mb ram. i took out the 256 mb ram and put the 512 in. when that didnt work, i put back the 256 and still wont boot up, keep hearing this beeping. there was also alot of dust inside the cpu.

  • aneubanks Jan 30, 2010

    this is sounding complicated, so many wires. i touched the metal part of the cpu before changing the memory. i hope i didnt hurt the motherboard.

  • aneubanks Jan 30, 2010

    i upgraded 256 mb ram with 1 512 mb ram in my hp pavilion a305w desktop. now the pc will not boot up, the monitor is blank, and there is this constant beeping. i was told that i might have damaged the motherboard (hope not). i was also told the constant beeping is the memory not being properly inserted. there was also alot of dust inside the cpu which i cleared out. i dont know what else to do as i tried to but back the original memory and still get this constant beeping. any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • aneubanks Jan 31, 2010

    its working now!!!! thank you!!!!!!

  • aneubanks Jan 31, 2010

    its working now!!!!! i didnt push the memory in hard enough. thank you!!!!

  • aneubanks Jan 31, 2010

    yes, thank you for all your help. my pc is back up and running smoothly!!!

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If you have added one more 256MB, then need to check and insert /press memory module properly. also try to insert the memory module into other free slots.
If you have upgraded the memory module with 256 to 512, then the memory module may having the issue.

Note: Clean the slot first and reinsert will some time works.

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    Rajesh Pai Jan 30, 2010

    Continuous beep indiactes the RAM module was not inserted properly. First you remove the dust from memory slots using brush or vacumme cleaner and then insert the RAM will solve your problem.



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    Rajesh Pai Jan 30, 2010

    I am very much sure that the beep indicates the dust accumulated on the memory slot or memory slot is having the problem. Clean the memory slot using vacume cleaner and insert the RAM will solve your problem.



    2nd Option: Insert the RAM on other memory slots.



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    Rajesh Pai Jan 30, 2010

    Also clean the RAM pins by using eraser.

  • Rajesh Pai
    Rajesh Pai Jan 30, 2010

    Also check whether the display card has been properly inserted. While cleaning the CPU, the display card may came out from PCI slots.



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    Rajesh Pai Jan 31, 2010

    I very happy, if you give your valuable feedback and rating on the same.

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    Rajesh Pai Jan 31, 2010

    You have forgotten to give your valuable feedback and rating on solution provided by me.



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You will need to verify that the memory chip is fully seated into the bank. They are kind of difficult to install and require a fair amount of force to install. The way to tell is the plastic clips will be completely closed onto the memeory chip when fully seated. Also verify that the memory is compatible with your computer. If it is fully seated and the correct memory then the memory chip could be defective.
Memory Component Attributes Memory Installed 256 MB (1 x 256) Maximum allowed 1 GB (2 x 512) requires the removal of the installed 256 MB DIMM Speed supported PC2700 MB/sec (messages at PC2100) Type 184 pin, DDR SDRAM DIMM slots Two
So if your memory installed is more that PC2700 then it will not work. Let me know if you have any questions.

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  • muebe Jan 30, 2010

    Could be. Did you make sure that you were grounded before touching the motherboard? If you had static electricity stored in your body it could have discharged onto the board and damaged it when you touched it. Always use a wrist gounding cable or touch the chassi of the computer to release any static before touching computer components. I would use a can of compressed air to clear out all the dust in the computer housing. Then check that the memory is seated properly again. Check for any disconnected cables that might have pulled out when you installed the memory. You might need to try and clear BIOS CMOS by using the clear CMOS jumper that is located on the motherboard near the battery(watch battery). Once you locate this jumper you will need to pull it off and re-install it on the opposite side pin for a few seconds then put it back. If you cannot locate the jumper then you can remove the watch battery for about 10 seconds the re-install it. That should do the job. Then try booting up the computer and see if it comes back up. If not the motherboard could have been damaged from static discharge. Also check that the screws holding the motherboard to the chassi are all tight. The motherboard uses these screws as a ground and they might be loose. Let me know what you find.

  • muebe Jan 30, 2010

    Did you try the "clear CMOS" jumper on the board or removing the battery for 10 seconds and then re-installing it? This may get the computer working again with the old memory installed.

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