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Hi, I tried to upgrade my in-laws old dell inspiron 530 to 2 gig mem.

Just got two 1gig sticks from the egg. 667, 240 pin

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231108


shut down the rig, unplugged the psu, cleaned up the spiderwebs, depredded the power to discharge and then pulled the two sticks outta of the slots, replaced the same two slots with the new sticks and nothing happned.

It booted, fans spun up high, kicked off, the booted again. No signal going to the monitor. the rig did beep once.

I pulled out the new and reinstalled the old.. nothing,

installed one stick new, nope, installed the other stick new... nothing again.

installed one of the old sticks, nope, installed the other old... again nothing.

installed some old 533 sticks I had in another dell, it started up and beeped twice, then again, 2 beeps..



Back with the new sticks but still nothing...

Any ideas...

If I dont get this up and running and my mother-in-law cant farm-ville... im toast....



http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/appendix.htm#wp1150583
Edited by Spct - 3/27/12 at 6:56pm
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Have you checked to see whether or not the original RAM is ECC or non-ECC?
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i have no idea.. but you could try to pull out the bios battery and then put the old ram back in, an reinstalled the battery.. i have no idea if this will work. but im a trial and error kind of guy and it woudl be next on my list of things to try?
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the old mem was 5300, DDR2 667, 240 pin. This is the same config, just 1 gig each.

How do u check for ECC or Non-ECC
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Hi, I tried to upgrade my in-laws old dell inspiron 530 to 2 gig mem.
Just got two 1gig sticks from the egg. 667, 240 pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231108
shut down the rig, unplugged the psu, cleaned up the spiderwebs, depressed the power to discharge and then pulled the two sticks outta of the slots, replaced the same two slots with the new sticks and nothing happened.
It booted, fans spun up high, kicked off, the booted again. No signal going to the monitor. the rig did beep once.
I pulled out the new and reinstalled the old.. nothing,
installed one stick new, nope, installed the other stick new... nothing again.
installed one of the old sticks, nope, installed the other old... again nothing.
installed some old 533 sticks I had in another dell, it started up and beeped twice, then again, 2 beeps..
Back with the new sticks but still nothing...
Any ideas...
If I dont get this up and running and my mother-in-law cant farm-ville... im toast....
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd530/en/OM/HTML/appendix.htm#wp1150583

you plugged everything back in? (I assume by that you mean you took it to bits...) Clear cmos?
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post #6 of 20
Assuming you've reinstalled EVERY cable and it's exactly how you got it except cleaner I have a final solution that I did to a client's computer once when their fans were starting but nothing was happening. Jump start the PSU. There's articles around here about it if you need to know how. They're pretty thorough.
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post #7 of 20
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There is power. I tried the pull the battery idea and reinstall the old ram. Nope.

The fans are running, there was one beep, but still no signal to the monitor. I tried another vid card, an old 9400gt, nope.



The 8600gt card in there now is running at full on the fan.
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post #8 of 20
Try it with just the psu, no battery...Thinkpads at work sometimes go stupid and fail to post when the battery is in redface.gif (yeah, our IT didn't replace the battery's when there was the recall, failing after 6~18 months holding no charge)
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post #9 of 20
Look at the back i/o panel, there should be a set of diagnostic leds. Are any lit up, if so which one?
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post #10 of 20
Perhaps disconnect everything except what's required to POST and see if it'll boot (no drives or any cards other than video)

If it does just plug stuff in one at a time, booting fresh with each one.
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