I decided to upgrade my existing 128mb ram module with a 256 Mb module.( FT256MDL 1353) for my Dell inspirion 5100. On installing the new module, my computer does not respond with no response from the hard drive, only the power light remains on with a blank screen. I've tried using the next available slot (DIMM B) but still the same response.
Some assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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I am having the same problem. More precisely:
my computer is a Dell Dimension 4100, initialy with one ram stick of 128Mb.
I buyed a 256Mb ram stick from a Dell reseller and try to install it. There is two ram bank on my motherboard. The first (leftmost) was used by the 128Mb stick.
It is impossible to have my computer boot, or even display anything on the screen which remains blank (in fact the screen led show that it doesn't even get a signal) if both stick are simultaneously installed.
The new 256Mb stick works perfecly if it is alone in the first bank, same for the 128Mb, but no combination of the two sticks works.
Thanks in advance for any help, this is very annoying.
I'm getting the same problem... well I had 2 - 128MB ram pieces in the DIMM slots, and when I tried to upgrade to 2- 256MB pieces, the computer doesn't respond. The monitor flashes and nothing happens. When I put one stick of ram in, (dimm slot 1 or 2), it works fine, but when I try to use both dimm slots with the 256 pieces, it doesn't... i notice this thread hasn't been answered... but someone, please respond with a solution...
i'm going to see if there's a BIOS update, and maybe that will do the trick... i'll report back on my findings... thanks!
I was running BIOS version A06, and I found on Dell's site, version A11 - i successfully updated the BIOS, however that didn't fix the memory problem... i still can't get both 256MB pieces to work... I can get one or the other, but never both at the same time...
Somebody help, has anyone had this problem before??
Thanks for the reply... I've tested both pieces of RAM in both DIMM slots, so i know both of them work, however when I pair them together, the computer won't boot up... it just sits there and nothing happens.
Dell is notoriuos for the prepriatory hardware....Is the memory bought from Dell.....If not and you are trying to mix Dell and anothers memory it just may very well do what its doing. This is the very reason I build my own computers.
Steve & Michael... thanks for the replies! I've also been posting on Dell's forum, and I received message from 2 people saying that they have a 4100 and needed to update using Crucial's RAM, and it worked fine. Nobody I heard from had success with the Kingston RAM or any other RAM for that matter, so I believe I'll try Crucial, then if all else fails, Dell.
Michael - i can return the ram, so no worries there... but thanks again for all your help!
No problem, Darin. Try returning the RAM and going for Crucial. I've always liked Crucial RAM to its affordability and high-performance. If that doesn't work try purchasing RAM from Dell. Just be sure to let them know that forcing someone to buy their RAM isn't a very good practice and shows how greedy and money hungry they are.
Yah it is a shame.....All the frustration some go though buying a prepriorty system and then go to upgrade, price and find out that they are being takin by the company they bought from...but ya gotta understand this is why you bought your system so cheap to begin with....kinda like the printer and ink scenerio......I just shake my head... oh well live and learn....
For all those wondering... a friend of mine had two pieces of used Simpletech RAM, which is the ram that Futureshop sells. Anyway, put those in my Dell, and they worked right away... so if anyone else runs into this problem, buy either Simpletech or Crucial. A few people reported that Crucial worked fine as well, however I can't guarantee that based on my experience - hope this helps!
Having a look online I noticed that the consensus of opinion was that the Dell Inspiron 5100 will only accept 2 X 512 total.
There was a recent 5100 for sale on E-Bay which was described as having 2gb of ram, which gave some doubt to this statement.
Our 5100 was purchased Dec 04 & still has a respectable CPU….even if it is a full blown P4, and I identified the cooling issues before anything was posted on the subject. This allowing me to advise the household to only EVER use it on a hard surface ensuring both inlet & outlet were NEVER obstructed…..& still working fine five years ltr.
As the system is only used for E-Mail, Browsing, Word & Excel it has been fine apart from response time / observed speed.
So today I fitted two 2 X 1gb, and the system booted fine with just the usual BIOS F1 acceptance prompt.
This means that I have saved over £300 by not having to replace it with a current entry level system.
Oh yeh…I have updated the BIOS to the latest version from Dell.