I think I may have some bad memory. I checked the cmos setup and it had only one memory chip listed so I opened up and removed the battery and memory cards then reinstalled them. On boot I entered cmos F2 and memory showed 2 256 cards so I went to maintence and set factory defaults and reset the time then exited and saved. Windows XP started it's boot but 3/4 the way through I got a blue halt screen giving a page fault error and showing a memory location and a shut down.
I swapped memory slots but got a freeze at the dell logo screen. I swapped it back and computer again froze on boot.
At this point I don't know what to do to further trouble shoot. Any help will be appreciated
Thanks for your help. I have a Dell Diminsion 8400 and it has a utility partition so I will try booting to that and run diagnostics. The computer has 2 512 DDR2 SRaM Can I remove one and see if that resolves the problem? If so I would just order a couple of 1 GB memory chips.
Thanks again for your help. I ran the memory test and it failed on MATS and on March A
The failure on MATS was 2F00:0119 where it read 0004000h and expected 00000000h at channel B Dim 0. The same code appeared for lots more addresses. The MARCH A error code was at 97% as 2f00:0419 and gave one of the same addresses on channel B Dim 0. The slot stress tested as OK
Which chip is Channel B Dim 0? When I look at the manual I see slots 1,2,3,4 where 1 and 2 have white tabs and 3 and 4 have black tabs. Can I remove the chip in slot 2 and see what happens?
Do I just need to buy some new memory? Do I need to do any more testing?
Thank u for the link I see the 2 Gig is about half of what Dell has to offer. I can use the extra money to buy a small air conditioner for my little office I do see chips for the Dimension 8400 series and the 8400 media????? I don't know what this means. Is there any problem with using chips that are not Dell? like something omitted?