I have a Dim 9100 desktop with Pentium 4 3.0 g (#630) processor and running XP Media center OS.I recently upgraded my memory to four 1 gb modules pc5300 667 mhz purchased thru DELL.The system wont boot up at all.It comes on with a black screen and says "X300 SE 128MB BIOS P/N 113-A33406-100".It locks up with that on the screen.If I turn the computer off and pull two of the memory modules out of the black dimm 2&4 slots ,it boots up and works fine.I've swapped the memory modules around to different combinations and nothing changes.It works correctly every time with 2 gb of memory in the dimm slots (white) 1&3 and wont work at all with all the modules in.Anyone have a clue of whats wrong?
I found a post by ChrisM on this subject, but I can not find it again. It talked about the video card. Try a pm to ChrisM.
I Only found one post worked, that person removed his video card and reseated it, his problem went away.
A google search showed that is was a problem on Dell Dimension's 8400, 4700, 3000. Also was a problem with ram from other manufactures all on Dell's.
Ati search and Dell support search I found nothing.
Again the only think that I found that fixed this was to reseat your video card.
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I found the post from ChrisM, he posted the following.
* Power the PC off* Remove the X300 SE* Attach the monitor to the onboard video card* Power the the monitor on, then the PC* When the blue Dell logo appears, press F2* Down arrow to Video [press the ENTER key]* Change to Onboard* Press Escape to save the changes and Exit* Does the PC bootup?
Unfortunately there was not responce from poster.
Again Good Luck,
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I have not tried two modules in the black slots as the manual says to use the white dimm slots first.I suppose it cant hurt to try?.I have tried two 1 gb modules at a time and used boot to utility partition and done a memory test and all the modules pass the test.I can also try a pair of 512 mb pc2-5300 modules in two of the slots as they came in the computer when I bought it and I kept them around.I dont know if the system has any onboard video card.The video card thats in there was installed by dell so I can assume thats the X300?.I'm at the extent of my computer ability just getting this far.
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Thanks for the replys.I would like to make a correction to my earlier posts.The white dimm slots are 1 and 2 and the blacks are 3 and 4.I tried both 512 mb and 1gb modules in different combinations.If I use modules in just the black slots the unit will not boot up and the monitor stays unlit.If I use just the white slots It boots up and works okay.If I use all the slots it will not boot up or even post.The monitor just displays "X300 SE 128MB BIOS P/N 113-A33406-100.If I install modules in both the white dimm slots (1&2) and a module in black dimm 4 It will boot up and work correctly.Anytime I install any module in Black dimm 3 slot (and nothing in black dimm 4) The system will start to boot up and monitor will display a blue screen ,freeze up and display error codes.I tried pulling and reinstalling the video card and it had no effect.Could I have a bad Dimm 3 socket?
I tried a module in the black dimm #3 slot alone.The computer monitor started to come on then went blank and I got a buzzing noise from either the motherboard or video card.If the socket is bad does that mean I have to replace the motherboard?
After reading some other topics on this board I got to wondering if I am trying to put in too much memory(4 gb @667mhz)for my system.From my buildsheet I have a Pentium 4 cpu PRESCOTT #630 3.0GHZ 800 FBS. 64 BIT. The original memory ran at 533 mhz,but the new memory modules seems to run at 667 mhz.Would it be a problem to run 3gb of memory because the two banks would be mismatched?If the CPU is 64 bit does that mean the OS is 64 bit?
How can I tell the difference from 64 bit OS from a 32 Bit OS?
Also,if the motherboard has a bad socket,what are my options?
Thanks for your help!