Upgrading old machine

esteban_2009April 3, 2013

I finally got U-verse installed, what a difference that made in the speeds of this antique.
I also installed an additional 1GB of memory, bringing the total to 2 GB. I was hoping for another speed increase...not so. After about 3 minutes of surfing, the blue screen would come on and in "Doss" print would say something about the memory would be dumped. I had to unplug it to get it to turn off.
X-P Home, SP3 will support 2 GB of memory won't it? If so, is there more to the installation than just installing the memory? The computer does recognize there is 2 GB of memory.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Steve

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genes

exact wording of the blue screen would be great

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 6:14PM
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esteban_2009

Gene, it was a full screen of text, it didn't stay up long enough for me to read it all.
Thanks for the quick response.
Steve

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 6:35PM
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esteban_2009

The past couple of hours I have been doing research on my problem. If I failed to change the page file size after adding the extra memory, would this create the problem I described?
Is there a chance I have two sticks of memory that are not compatable?
Steve

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 9:41PM
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mike_kaiser_gw

The page file shouldn't have anything to do with, Windows should adjust that automatically.

Are you sure you bought the correct memory for your machine? What happens if you remove the memory? Does the blue screen go away?

Have you tried to boot into safe mode?

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:09PM
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genes

If it was a virtual memory blue screen (which is diff than above) this may apply

Here is a link that might be useful: Blue screen virtual memory XP

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:56AM
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esteban_2009

Great responses from all, thanks.
Genes, that was a interesting link, but that didn't show up.
Mike, I couldn't get into Safe mode when I had both sticks of memory installed. I removed the stick that was furtherest from the CPU and all is well now....1GB instead of 2GB.
Later today I will remove the stick that now is in the machine and compare them side by side and report back.
Steve

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 7:08AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

If Windows boots normally without the new memory, it points to the memory being the culprit. What make/model is your machine and what made/model is the memory?

I'm assuming the BIOS is reporting the stick as being installed?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 7:28AM
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genes

Check at Crucial.com to find out what speed memory sticks are compatible with your machine and max memory for that model

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 6:12AM
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