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I have Dell XPS 420 , with windows home server running for some time. I tried to insall/upgrade RAM from 3 gb to 6 gb. So, i found the right RAM (2x2GB) and removed the two old 512 mb from the slot and installed the 2x2gb RAM. system boots but shuts down after 20 min or so , with high fan sound. So, i remove the 2x2 GB ram and put back the 512 MB. Now, i am got into the loop, Boot manager screen comes up and says No boot device found.. "Insert windows installation CD", "Repair the sytem" and restart. Even i repair , from backup it says restored succesfully and get into the same loop when restarts. goes to Boot manager screen and says Insert Windows installation disc... Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Much!

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  • ramkumar_sar May 19, 2011

    Thanks for your response! In the DELL user manual, it is specified it can be upgraded upto 8GB RAM , 2GB max each slot. and i bought curcial after their on line diagnostic test. it is DDR2 PC-5300. But, after i reinstalled the old RAM it doesnt work. If i have demaged the RAM Slots is it replaceble ?

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According the the dell specification you can only install up to 4gb, so I don't understand you saying that you were upgrading from 3gb to 6gb. Make sure that all the ram that is installed is of the same brand and speed (667 / 800 MHz Dual Channel Dual DDR2 SDRAM). The fact that it is saying no boot device also would suggest that it is possibly something wrong with your harddrive, whether it was corrupted or damaged while you were changing the RAM, if you have a spare harddrive try installing and booting from it. If that doesn't work it could be a motherboard issue, which the BIOS should be update, all the jumpers on the board should be checked etc. Its rather hard to diagnose a problem such as this, and the fact that after you installed the new RAM, even the old RAM would not work, suggests that you may have damaged something while messing around in the computer.

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  • ramkumar_sar May 19, 2011

    Thanks for your response. The DELL user manual said it can be upgraded to 8GB RAM . And i found the right RAM, Crucial 2 GB DDR2 PC5300 which is recommended. If i demaged the RAM slots (I didnt touch anything else), is it replaceble?

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I m not a hardware engineer. But I like to share some information here about Dell XPS 420.Take a look of below link :
http://www.pcartisan.com/dell-xps-desktop-could-be-powerful-digital-media-nerve-center.html

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  • ramkumar_sar May 24, 2011

    Thanks! The link didnt work.
    I took out all the RAM and re installed it (the old RAMs came with the system) and it is working now. but ended up installing the WHS 2011 again from the scratch and configured. that fixed the issues.

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