Do worry buddy go on and replace the ram. It will cause no harm. Just check that when you have installed them whether they are properly fixed in position or not and locked in place or not. thats it. It will be a good experience.
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Try taking out the RAM chips and re-inserting firmly. Nothing? Try re-installing the operating system. Nothing? Try replacing the hard drive and then re-installing the operating system. Nothing? Try replacing the RAM with new higher memory RAM. Nothing? Your fu.kd and need to take the thing in for more thorough inspection by the Apple dorks.
Did you use PC2-5300 200 Pin DDR2 SODIMM. One problem could be that the RAM is PC rather than PC2, a very easy mistake.
Otherwise, try taking out the RAM and reinstalling it. If that doesn't work, trying installing the original RAM.
Have you installed any RAM into this iBook Before? One way to double check that you have the correct RAM is to take the one out that is alreay in there and line them up and see if the width and height are the same. Critical is to see if the little grove is in exactly the same place, when you have the two sticks of RAM lined up with the Pins facing each other and the edges of the RAM also line up.
When installing the RAM the angle should be about 30 degrees, and when the pin edge of the RAM has slotted in out of view lower the angle of the RAM and as you continue to push it in level the RAM out. It does require a 'little' force, but nothing to break it. When push home all the way you should be able to flatten it out so the clips that hold it in place engage, if it is a little tight take it out and try again. Should this work put it together and try it out. When you have started up the unit look to see if the new RAM is registered in the 'About this Mac' under the Apple menu. If not the RAM is not sitting right in the slot. Open again and push it home. Should only be a Milimetre or so.
Let me know if this works or you need further help.