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Can't Do Anything... NEED HELP!!!

Hi i recently reformated my pc and when it was done i notced that it was slower than before i had reformated it... so i cleaned it out( got dust out) .. everything is hooked up correctly .. and at first it wouldnt get past the dell loading screen (that has the F2 and F12 options in the top roght had coner of the screen) and that part would freeze or just kep restarting until it got to this error messege saying:

Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS version 1.10 A03
Copyright 1985-1988 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1990-2003 Dell Computer Company
All Rights Reserved

Dell System Dimension 4600 Series
BIOS version A03

Alert! Previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [EMem] For help in resolving this problem, please note this checkpoint and contact dell technical support

I havent yet contacted dell because my warranty is out and i doubt they'll be able to help me because in the past they haven't. If anyone can help me with this it would be greatly appreciated.. thanks!!!!!

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  • tommyjay725 May 19, 2008

    thanks !! it was my ram memory stick that was causing the problem.. and what would you reccomend to get for an OS.. xp home xp pro etc..


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"Alert previous attempt at booting the system has failed at checkpoint emem {EMem}."
This is a No Post issue and if youre going to check the quadpack it will show yygg which indicates memory failure.
Quick Step : Reseat memory
If cust has more than 1 memory, test each memory on each slots until you find the memory that’s causing the error message and send a replacement for the faulty memory.

Posted on May 19, 2008

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    Georgia B May 19, 2008

    XP Pro offers a few more features than XP Home like remote desktop, a program you can use to connect to someone else's pc or request someone to connect to your pc if you need help.

    Depends on your need and level of expertise.


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Why dont you try the latest windows 7? i have seen its feature and its quite like xp but more trendy and techy.

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Try unplugging power cord then hold the power button in for 5 - 10 sec.

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    You fix my computer with your information, thank you very much.


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The computer failed to complete the boot routine three consecutive times for the same error.

Could be that the HDD is corrupt. Try reformatting and reinstalling OS.

Try replacing the CMOS battery.

You may have damaged he memory stick(s) by handling them when you are statically charged, during the cleaning process. Try to borrow sticks from someone else, handle them with care and try again.

All else fails, contact Dell.

Posted on May 19, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson May 19, 2008

    XP home is a good buy. Better than Vista in the sense that not all devices and software are compatible with Vista. XP has been tried and tested, and is faster to boot up, so I recommend that. (Besides, its a lot cheaper as well, if you can do without all the fancy graphics in Vista)


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