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Installing ram I have a dell insperion 1000. I ordered a memory chip from dell only one offered for my laptop. I installed it correctly. In the device manager there is a yellow ! I cant get the laptop to install this device properly.

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  • Lwhitley Apr 26, 2008

    My computer wont take screen shots. I go into device manager and beside the new memory chip there is a big yellow exclamation point. I click on that and it says it isnt using any resources because device isnt working. I tried going into bios and I cant get the cursor to select memory.

  • Lwhitley Apr 27, 2008

    I am using the up down button it simply wont let me even as far as the cpu setting I dont know why it wont go all the way down the page. I am going to take the pc in to radio shak (we dont have a regular pc guy near me I live in backwoods arkansas) anyway If you want I will let you know what he does/says.

  • Lwhitley Apr 30, 2008

    This is what he said and I am more confused than ever. He said I had not snapped the chip into place correctly that he took it out and put it back in but its working fine now. But this is what confuses me he said there was not a chip in there but the new one. Now I did not remove the orginal memory all I did was snap in the new one. He said there is only place for one memory chip but yet the specs at dell where I purchased the laptop and typed in the serial number says there are two slots. I asked him how a pc could run without a memory chip if there werent one already there he says it must be intergrated in the mother board does this make sense to you?

  • Francisco Cardoso
    Francisco Cardoso May 11, 2010

    Can you provide screenshots from the screens of this tool ?
    Specialy the one regarding the memory please take one for each slot reported in the memory tab.



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Similar situation, only I ordered my RAM from CRUCIAL.  There is actually 256MB of ram sodered to the motherboard that is the primary ram and doubles as the shared video ram.  There is only one slot available for upgrade.  
But RAM is generally reconized by the BIOS.  Typically when you snap a new ram chip into place, the computer will squawk at you the first time you boot it up because something has changed.  If you installed the RAM chip properly, it will instantly reboot, update it's setting, and you can tap F2 at the first screen to enter BIOS and confirm that the ram is @ 512MB.  
It took a couple tries for me to get the RAM seated correctly \

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You need to go into the bio and update the memory there and the Yellow ! will go away. Boot the PC, select the F8 key during post, go into the setting for Memory and accept the change and you should be good to go. Let me know //D

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  • Donald Burr
    Donald Burr Apr 26, 2008

    You can't use the cursor.. you need to use the Arrows,tab key and Page up and down keys to move around. At the bottom of the page in the bios you should see instruction on how to manuver around in the Bios settings. Once you make that change you should be ready to go. Please try again, and follow the instructions on the bottom in the bios to get to the memory settings. Thanks //D

  • Donald Burr
    Donald Burr Apr 27, 2008

    Please... I'd be interested. Thanks ...//D

  • Donald Burr
    Donald Burr Apr 30, 2008

    There is no RAM built into the system boards on any laptop that I know of in existence. If the memory wasn't seated correctly it would not have been recognized by the PC at all, it is either there, or it isn't... the computer can't think maybe something is there, but maybe not.

    He probably messed with it until he got lucky and fixed it without knowing what he did, so he can't explain it to you. As far as the mystery chip, I'd be asking for the manager to explain what happened to the second chip if you are sure it was there. When you installed the memory you would have seen the first chip in place if it was there to begin with.

    Your machine specs from DELL will tell you how much Memory it shipped with, and you know what you purchased. Compare them to what the computer says it now has and see if there is a difference. If there is I'd be back asking what happened to the memory chip that was shipped with the unit. (Take a printed copy of the tech specs on your laptop build with you)

    Sorry you are having to deal with this, but something is deffinately not right with only 1 chip. If you added 1 chip, there should be 2, but your build specs will confirm it... Thanks //D



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