Laptop Turning On But Nothing Happens - Replaced Memory
My laptop turns on, fan runs but nothing happens. I switched the RAM memory chip on the top with the one on the bottom (and left the bottom memory slot empty). It started up but then froze. Turned off, then back on and went into bios settings, but it froze again. Turned off, then back on, and it started doing the same thing again where laptop turns on, fan turns on, but nothing happens.
Anybody run into the same problem? There must be something in the top memory slot causing the memory to short out. I ordered more memory, but am reluctant to put it in, because I don't want to ruin more memory. My next step I'm considering taking is ordering a new motherboard. This is an old computer so I don't want to sink a lot of money into it, but it does still get used daily.
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This does sound like a memory problem, and it more likely that a memory chip is bad versus the memory slot. The slots will be numbered 1&2, the memory will generally work in either, but the 1 slot is preferred. Try starting with just one chip in, try both slots, then try the other chip. It may just be one chip that is bad. If it is the slot, it shouldn't hurt the chip, but the motherboard will need replaced in order to fix it.
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That is your memory error code. Re-seat your ram, or restore the ram you replaced it with if this is an upgrade. If neither of those apply, you should test your ram slots by leaving your ram door opened and apply constant pressure with your fingers lightly pushing the ram stick while booting.
If you get a boot screen, then you have the infamous goal post flex. Those little upright locking wings on each side of your ram will flex over time and allow the memory stick to float up, unseating your ram. Those little plastic brackets holding your locks on just get tired and begin stretching and relaxing over time
When this happens, your ram LOOKS like it is seated, but it's actually floating away from the contacts. I have fixed many Dell Laptops with this problem by placing hard packing foam under the ram door to keep the memory sticks seated. Yes it's cheap, but it's also permanent.
1. Unplug the power from the laptop and remove the battery then press the power button of the laptop for 15 seconds
2. Put the battery back in, turn on the laptop without plugging the power to the laptop (If this didn't resolve the issue)
3. Remove the battery and press the power button of the laptop for 15 seconds, after that, plug the power cord and turn on the laptop (if this didn't resolve the issue)
4. Remove the power cord and press the power button of the laptop for 15 seconds, disconnect the Hard drive and turn on the laptop (If this didn't resolve the issue) reconnec the hard drive
5. Remove the Optical Drive and turn on the laptop (If this didn't resolve the issue) reconnect the optical drive
6. Remove the memory chip, if you have 2 memory chips installed in the 2 memory slots (remove both of them) now test each one of the memory to each slots turning on the laptop. (If this didn't resolve the issue) Put the memory chip back in
7. Reseat the CPU and try to make sure that it's installed properly. Turn on the laptop and test if it's gonna work (If this didn't resolve the issue)
8. Reseat the power cords coming from the power supply of the laptop and test the laptop. (If this didn't resolve the issue)
9. Disconnect everything and just leave the CPU installed and turn on the laptop.
10. If all else fails, there's a big possibility that the problem may be with the power supply or the motherboard of the laptop.
(Note: you may try to clean your computer if there is a large amount of dust. You may try to remove the CMOS battery)
You have the wrong memory chip. The beep code you hear indicates that there is no memory or incompatible memory. The memory you need is PC4200, Which is a 533mhz chip. Memory has a frequency rating that is matched to the processor and motherboard. Not just any DDR 200 pin memory that fits will work, the frequency has to match or it won't work. The new chip should be labeled, make sure it reads PC4200 or 533mhz, if it reads anything else it's the wrong chip. If it is the right frequency chip, then you may have a bad memory slot, the chip is bad, or mislabeled. Here's a link to a memory configurator that gives the memory specs for your machine.
Hi, sorry to hear you are having problems. When this happens it usually suggests that the CPU/system board has failed. If the laptop is still under warranty I would suggest taking it back because this is something that will be covered and they should be able to fix it or replace the laptop itself. If not you may have to pay to have the system board/CPU replaced. Good luck and hope this helps. Si :)