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samuel ragbir Mar 20, 2004, 06:30am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,
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.

Thanks,
Samuel.


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Simon barber May 06, 2004, 10:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
I ran into the same problem on my Inspiron 4000 when I tried to upgrade from 2 sticks of 128 to 2 sticks of 256.


Rory Witham May 06, 2004, 11:56pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
with out me checking the records,

is that ram Dell compatable>?#
are you using
1 128 stick and 1 256 stick
did you static guard yourself before and during the work on the PC,

have you adjusted the BIOS settings for the new ram.

have you updated your bios and mobo drivers?

there funny things dell, cheap, not upgradeable, and most offten dont even get delivered, they take money form your accounts twice (for single payments)

I know i would never buy one, even if it was £/$ 1.00

but let us know the info above and good luck, just out of interest will it work with the new stick out?



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Sylvain F Jun 28, 2004, 08:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
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.




Darin Y Oct 13, 2004, 06:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL dimension 4100.
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!

Darin Y Oct 14, 2004, 01:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL dimension 4100.
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??


Michael A. Oct 14, 2004, 02:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
Perhaps one of your slots is faulty, Darin? You said you can get one stick to run at a time but does it work in both slots? If not, the offending slot is probably shot.

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Darin Y Oct 14, 2004, 04:28pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL dimension 4100.
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.

I've had people tell me to buy ram from crucial.com, but the ram i purchased is from Kingston and it's meant specifically for the Dimension 4100s...
http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/configurator/partsinfo.asp?ktc...-DM133/256

Any other ideas as to what i can try?

Steve Vickers Oct 15, 2004, 01:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
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.

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Michael A. Oct 16, 2004, 02:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
Steve does have a good point, Darin. The RAM may not be working because it is from two different companies. Is it too late to take the slot your recently purchased back?

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Darin Y Oct 16, 2004, 08:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL dimension 4100.
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!

Michael A. Oct 17, 2004, 12:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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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. :)

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Steve Vickers Oct 17, 2004, 10:03pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
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....

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Darin Y Oct 17, 2004, 11:00pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
yeah, i heard that about the printers, that you HAVE to buy the ink from Dell.... that's dumb considering the cartridges are more expensive than what you pay for the printer!!

Thanks for your help Steve & Michael!

Michael A. Oct 21, 2004, 02:56am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
No problem, Darin. What kind of RAM did you finally end up with?

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Darin Y Nov 06, 2004, 12:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL dimension 4100.
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!

Thanks to everyone who attempted to help me!

Michael A. Nov 06, 2004, 06:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for posting back, Darin. Crucial RAM seems to work pretty well for most people. Glad you found something that works.

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C Santos Aug 02, 2009, 11:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.

The trick is .. the Dell Inspiron 5100 will ONLY take 266mhz /PC2100 RAM and a max of 512MB in each slot, for a total of 1GB

Corsair or Kingston are the best bets.

Cheers!
:cool:

John Mosson Dec 11, 2009, 12:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
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.

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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.
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.


No offense mate, but from my past experience with Ebay, I have doubts about what people post in the item description on there ;)

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C Santos Dec 11, 2009, 01:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Ram upgrade problem...DELL inspiron 5100.

2x1GB? :)
Are they recognized properly? If so do you happen to have the brand/speed/model number for those of us who want to do the same?

Thanks,
C


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