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Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

I have a Dimension 3000 that is running really slowly, so I decided to upgrade the RAM from the original 256MB to 2GB. When I put the new RAM in, the computer beeped (1-3-2), and wouldn't go any farther.   The lights in the back show green-yellow-green-yellow, which indicates that the RAM has some compatibility issue, but I can't figure out what that issue may be since it seems to be exactly the type of RAM I need to upgrade the computer.  When I put the original RAM back in, all works fine again.  Can someone help?

Thanks!

I bought the following:

Corsair TWINX2048-3200PT 2GB Kit DDR400 XMS3200 Memory Retail
 
Features
 Manufacturer   Corsair Memory
 Memory Size   2GB
 Form Factor   184-pin
 Standard Warranty   Lifetime
 Manufacturer Part Number   TWINX2048-3200PT
 Memory Technology   DDR SDRAM
 Manufacturer Website Address   www.corsairmicro.com
 Number of Modules   2 x 1GB
 Memory Speed   400MHz
 Product Line   XMS
 Product Name   XMS 2GB DDR SDRAM Memory Module
 Product Type   RAM Module

 
Tech Specs
 Memory Size   2GB
 Form Factor   184-pin
 Manufacturer   Corsair Memory
 Standard Warranty   Lifetime
 Input Voltage   2.5V DC
 Memory Technology   DDR SDRAM
 Manufacturer Part Number   TWINX2048-3200PT
 Manufacturer Website Address   www.corsairmicro.com
 Number of Modules   2 x 1GB
 Product Line   XMS
 Memory Speed   400MHz
 Memory Standard   DDR400/PC3200
 Product Name   XMS 2GB DDR SDRAM Memory Module
 Module Configuration   128M x 64
 Error Checking   Non-ECC
 Signal Processing   Unbuffered
 Product Type   RAM Module
 CAS Latency  

CL3

 

 

 

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Davet50
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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

Do you know what processor you have as this will determine the ram speed some what.

See HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell> for the processor and ram specs

Are you running the latest Bios version?

What you can try is to place on stick into slot 1 and power on. not all indications. Then swap that stick out with the other one and try again. this will help determine if you have a bad ram stick.

 

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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

Thanks, Dave, for the offer of help.  I've got the latest version of the BIOS (A03).  I'm running a Dimension 3000 with a Pentium 4 @2.8GHz, using XP Home with SP3.

I tried putting in just one stick (DIMM3) and had the same failure as I described before.  I then tried the other stick and had the same failure again.  I also tried each slot (DIMM3 and DIMM4), always with the same failure.  I suppose it is possible that the RAM sticks are both bad, but I don't know how often that sort of thing happens.

Just to reiterate, the new RAM are a matched pair of PC3200 (DDR 400-MHz) and are non-ECC.  Other than both of the new RAM sticks being bad, what else could possibly be wrong here?

Davet50
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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

You would be looking at a motherboard replacement.

Make sure you have the latest bios running on the system

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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

No, no, no.  The motherboard is fine and works perfectly with the original 256MB of RAM.  The problem only exists when I tried to put in the new RAM.  I have the latest BIOS as I said in my previous entry.  That's why I'm confused....

Davet50
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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

Sorry for the confusion so with the orginal ram in it works fine no beeps and all lights green.

Do you know which Pent 4 you have? there are two one that will run on a 800mhz bus and one that will run on a 533 mhz bus. If you have the 533 mhz version that would explain it.

Pick up CPU-z and see what it reports. Just download and run it.

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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

I appear to have the 533MHz bus.  Here's what Dell's site says about my processor: 80546, 2.8, 1M, Pentium4 Prescott Dt, 533, E0.  Does that mean that the RAM I bought will not function with that chip?  If so, can you detail for me which RAM will work so I can get the right stuff next time?

Thanks again.

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Davet50
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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

Around here you will see lots of recommendations to use Crucial memory. It is very good memory and is guaranteed to be 100% compatible with Dell systems.

You can go to Crucial.com and pick any version of PC2700 (DDR333) memory configuration you would like to get .

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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

Thanks for the advice, Dave.  I was looking at the Crucial site and it says "Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700,DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 1GB per slot."  The memory I purchased is a PC3200/DDR400, 1GB.  What would cause it to not work?  Other than the manufacturers' sites saying that a stick of memory will work, how would I know that a particular stick of PC2700 would or would not work?

I'm pushing on this because the computer simply isn't worth very much and I want to speed it up, but spending $50 on a stick of memory is too much for me to do this.  Crucial's 2700 is $90 for 2GB (1x1GB), but I can get generic PC2700 memory for much less.  Is there some way to confirm that it will work with this computer?

Advice?

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Davet50
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Re: Dimension 3000 RAM installation problem

as long as you stick with the 333 mhz memory it will work. the main reason the 400 will not work in your particular system is determined by the bus speed of the processor, which will set up the max speed of the memory bus as well. 

in order for you to have the 400 work would be to change the processor as well as the memory.  The chipset which reads the processor info will then up the memory bus as  well as the bus the processor uses allowing both 333 and 400 mhz ram to run.

It all has to do with the external bus speed that is set up by the type of processor.

So if you buy some less expensive PC2700 memory it should work fine.

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