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I'm trying to update my Inspiron 1100 to (2) 512mb PC2700 DDR 333Mhz SODIMMs (per Crucial) with no luck. Presently have (2) 12mbk PC2100 DDR 266Mhz that work. I have updated the BIOS to A32. As I am seeing this is a common problem with no clear answer, I was told this was a simple plug and play upgrade...BS. I get 2 flashing lights on either side of the caps lock and then shut down. I am pretty sure the SODIMM's are seated but even with one chip or the 128 in "A" and the 512 in "B" it will not boot. No combination works. It's a 2.40 Ghz processor so if I could pick up the ram, it is worth keeping. Any help??

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  • jds1469592 Sep 14, 2010

    You said no combo works for you. How about putting the ram as it was stock? Crucial is very good at getting you replacement ram if needed.

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The system mb doesnt support the 333mhz click speed. You need to get memory that 133 - 266 mhz's.. other than that you will need to upgrade the mb to support 333 mhz,, which sadly you cant get 1 to fit in that unit.. another thing to remember is that you cant mix two different clock speeds .. for example 133 and a 266 mhz..

1 thing you can try is to overclock the system..

1.) enter the bios (press the designated key shown on the boot screen to enter cmos or bios settings)..
2.) change the Clock speed to 333..
3.) save and exit..
4.) shutdown
5) insert 512mb sticks
turn on and hope for the best..

Whats strange enough is that the overclocking seems to work on some and not for others,, I think it has a lot to do with the chipset and the brand.. not sure..

let me know if it works or maybe we can try something else,, I'll post again based on your reply.

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