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How can I troubleshoot installing a 256 mb pc 133 kingston ram module to a hp pavillion n5450 notebook ? Answered

I have 128 mb installed and want to add a 256 mb pc 133 kingston module. When I add it and turn the computer on the fan starts for a second and then shuts off and the computer doesn't boot. I have tried all different configurations for the ram ( just adding new ram, switching module placement etc.) with the same results. This is the ram kingston told me would work so I wonder if it is something wrong I am doing with installation. I bought the ram a while ago and kingston doesn't support it anymore. Any help would be great.

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orksecurity

10 years ago

This sounds like the hardware thinks something is wrong. Are you sure it's socketed properly? (right side up, fully inserted, all that stuff)? Are you sure you didn't mis-handle the RAM? A serious static zap can damage it, though computer circuitry is better protected from that than it used to be. Does the machine start when you go back to just using the old memory? Is this a machine which needs memory modules installed as matched pairs? (Uncommon in notebooks, fairly common in desktops.) Can't vouch for whether it's the right module or not.

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lemonie

10 years ago

What mainboard do you have? Pick up the model number (it will be printed on it) Google it in conjunction with the word "manual" - you'll then know what it will take (irrespective of what Kingston may have told you - did you give them a very precise spec'?) Compare that to the RAM - if it should work return it to the vendor as "unfit for purpose" / "defective goods"

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