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So today I decided I wanted to upgrade the RAM in one of my older computers, which came factory- installed with only 128 MB of RAM. I went out and bought another 128 MB and made sure it was the exact same specs as the original one. I installed it, and when I turned on the computer, there were no beeping noises to alert me of any errors. As soon as the computer booted up to the XP log in screen, it restarted itself, and it kept doing this until I got pissed and forced the damn thing to turn off. Could anyone tell me what the problem may be, is the RAM faulty, or is there something I did wrong? Thank You.
Before all of the above - as you are booting past the BIOS - press the DEL or F2 whatever key it tells you -

View the avail memeory in the sstem - if it correctly identifies 256 -press what ever keys it tells you to SAVE & EXIT
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Excellent point, how did we all forget about that?
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Just press the "any" key.

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Before all of the above - as you are booting past the BIOS - press the DEL or F2 whatever key it tells you -

View the avail memeory in the sstem - if it correctly identifies 256 -press what ever keys it tells you to SAVE & EXIT
That's not going to help in this case....compaq loves their proprietary memory. Plus if you read into the thread he put the new stick by itself in the old one's place, still had the same issue.

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Thanks for all your responses guys. What I ended up doing was calling the company's tech support number, and the guy told me that the constant restarting meant that I had a defective piece of RAM. So I went to Micro Center, and swapped it out for another one, and it works fine now. I feel a noticeable difference in the start- up and application speeds. Most of you guys were saying that I should get another computer, and I can understand why. But the one I upgraded is not my primary computer, I have 2 other desktops with 1GB of RAM each, and a laptop with 2 GB of RAM, I simply wanted to make this computer a little more descent because it ran very sluggish before. Thanks for all your suggestions and responses!

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