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Old January 7th 04, 12:20 PM
Tom Scales
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I suspect that the memor you bought is double density memory (are there
chips on only one side?). Your computer likely requires single density
memory. Try taking it back to the store and making sure they give you single

"Joanna" wrote in message
Hi everyone,

I'm having several problems after adding ram to my PC, causing it to

or not boot at all.

I run Win 98 on a Compaq Presario 5446. I've checked the manufacturer
specifications and it says my PC can have a max of 256 mb RAM, to be

as 2x128MB between the two DIMM slots.
I bought my PC a few years ago with 64MB PC100 SDRAM installed. A few

ago I bought 64MB of secondhand RAM off ebay and it worked and 128 RAM

a vast improvement to the PC.
So I bought 2 x 128MB of new RAM to get the max from my PC. I put it in,
same as before, but when I started the computer it only read as far as

and just froze. Everytime I restarted the computer it was the same.
I thought maybe one of the memory sticks was faulty and tried removing

one in turn, but on these occasions when I started the PC it wouldn't read
or 'countdown' any memory and went straight to the normal boot process,

when Windows finally started it would reboot constantly.
I've had to slot in the original 64MB that came with the PC just to get

PC to work. I just spent 40 (about $65) on these 2 memory modules and

smallprint says it's a 'no refund' policy - in other words, if anything

wrong it must be because I chose the wrong type of memory or something.
Below I have the manufacturer's description of the memory stick(s) I

and below that, what Compaq says about the type of memory needed for my


(The memory modules I bought):

Module Size: 128MB
Package: 168-pin DIMM
Featu SDRAM, PC100
Configuration: 16Meg x 64
DIMM Type: Unbuffered
Error Checking: Non-Parity
Voltage: 3.3V
SDRAM Timings: CL=3

(My PC's specifications):

Memory Max - 256 MB
DIMM Memory Speed - 100 MHz CL3
Memory Type - Non-Parity
Dimm Module Type - Gold Contact
Number of Pins: 168
Max DIMM Capacity: 128 MB
Ram Type: 100 MHz SDRAM
Memory - In Slots: 64 MB
Total Memory Slots: Two

*Note: Primary path is to use the largest DIMM possible [i.e. (one) 128MB
DIMM with (two) 64MB DIMMs used only as backup]
**Note: CL2 Memory may also be used.
***Note: All DIMMs must support Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Revi

Can someone tell me if I have missed something and it is my mistake?

Thanks in advance,