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  1. And BTW that newegg link is probably useless for me because I'm in the UK and newegg are an (american?) company. And also I can't use dollars in the UK.

    I forgot about that........Here's a nice list of sites you could buy from. http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?showtopic=114745


    I don't think the problem would have magically gone away, but you could wait and see........ :sparkle:


    Easier to just get the RAM though if you already wanted to upgrade, and if it doesn't solve the problem we can help you more.

  2. I think that's kind of obvious...

    Ya never know with some people, I just have to be sure.


    If you just want to go get more RAM, now is a great time because prices are extremely low.


    I would recommend some of this> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145034

    2gb of fast DDR2 800mhz for $60. And Corsair XMS2 is some nice stuff from my experience, stable as a rock, fast, and a good overclocker if you ever get into that. You should notice a difference in speed going from 1gig of cheap DDR2 533mhz.


    I think this is your PC on Medion's site if you want more info. http://www.medion.co.uk/flash/md8800/


    I don't know much about the motherboard, besides that it's BTX instead of the standard ATX design, so very few coolers or cases work with it.


    But before I do that is there any way I can make sure my BIOS is configured correctly? I have AwardBIOS but I'm not sure what version it is, and I have no idea what sort of chipset my computer has, but was bought in december 2005 so I guess I could find out. It's been ages since I tinkered with my BIOS and I'm not sure how to use it anymore so could I get detailed instructions on how to check the settings that could affect the memory and what they should be set to?

    Every BIOS is different, and I wouldn't even know where to start. If you can find a manual for your motherboard that might tell you something, but many OEMs lock down most of the settings in the BIOS so people can't mess anything up.



    So wrong! I would get a much better system if I built one. I say goodbye to bought PCs after this.

    :clap: That's what I decided a few years ago, and I could never go back.



  3. With an OEM pc they don't make motherboard model numbers easy to find. You can try googling the model # of your PC, or give me the # and let me try. Use the crucial memory advisor I gave a link to earlier and enter your PC model, it should be able to tell you what type of RAM you have. It might work on your working Pentium 4 machine as well.

    DIMM actually stands for "dual in-line memory module", basically it means a stick, so DDR2 is a DIMM......


    To open the case, just look for some screws or maybe even a release on the sides, top, and back of your PC. If you find big screws that look something like Posted Image, those should be the right ones. If you can't find those big screws or a release, start taking out screws, but make sure you remember where they go and don't lose them. Also forgot to mention, UNPLUG YOUR PC BEFORE DOING ANYTHING!


    If you don't have any of the same RAM, and there's nobody you would feel comfortable borrowing RAM from, you might have to buy new stuff.............the problem is there is a possibility the RAM isn't causing the problem, and I would hate to tell you to buy something and find it didn't solve the problem. But you can always consider it a good excuse for upgrading.


    I gave up on OEM computers after I learned enough to get away from them. If you want a PC cheaper, with better quality, without bloatware, and upgradeable for years you might want to consider building your next one. You know a lot already, and we can help you do it here at the Pit. ;)


    Again sorry for the rushed post.........if I missed anything or you have more qestions, please ask. :mrgreen:

  4. Sorry I took so long to get back, I've been so loaded up with school work lately I can barely get on and post. :pullhair:

    The first thing we should try, and the most probable cause of your problems is the RAM. First you need to know what type it is. It should be either DDR2 or DDR since your PC isn't too old, but if you have no idea which one it is here's a site that can help you out. Just plug your system manufacturer and model into the "Crucial Memory Advisor" and it should tell you what kind you have. Find out if it's DDR2 or DDR, or maybe even something else. Next you need to see if you have any RAM of the same type in another PC that you can borrow (just for testing purposes, it can go back soon). The easiest way to see if your RAM is causing the problem is to swap it out with sticks that you know work from another PC, and see if your PC is stable. Then you can even narrow it down to which stick of RAM is bad, and replace.


    Here's a guide on installing RAM........it's also part of a whole PC building tutorial, if you're confused about something you might find the answer faster looking through it. One thing I have to add is to touch part of the metal case of the PC to ground yourself while working inside. Static can hurt hardware, so while moving RAM around try to handle it as little as possible and not rub your feet on carpet :lol:


    Sorry about the rushed instructions, if you have anything you're unsure about please ask and I will try to get back to you. Back to my homework..... :thud:

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