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I've bought a 1gb RAM for my laptop. It runs on windows XP. I put the RAM in. It shows up on the diagnostics, but I can't run the computer. It starts up in safe mode, but I can't get it to start in normal windows. Can you help?

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Hi, your ram is not suitable for the mother board, it seems. please check with the manual, for the correct type of ram for the laptop.

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