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Hi, I tried to install new RAM in my computer and i had 2 slots open. I put the RAM in one slot and I rebbot it and I found that It shows only 64MB RAM instead of 128MB. So I thought it might be loose so I have take it out both RAM strip and installed it again. Now I can get anything I mean It won't even rebbot the machine. I can hear and see the power light on but I don't get anything on Monitor. Please help me out. I am not compputer nerd....
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I'm assuming that you've got a PII or newer where the PC detects the additional SDRAM.  What you're describing is related to a poor connection of the pins on the ram stick.  Try to get back to square one by installing the old ram stick back into the original slot.  Warning: touch something metal that is grounded to earth to discharge any static electricity your body may have developed before you handle the ram sticks.  

You must make sure that it seats squarly and firmly in the ram slot.  When you first insert it, which should be at a slight angle, make sure it goes into the slot as far as possible.  Some gentle but firm force is needed.  If your PC has been in service for some time it's possible that some tranish has built up on the ram pins.  A pencil eraser is good for removing the tarnish.  Gently rub the eraser over the pins to shine them up.

Trust me, if the ram stick is slightly out of line in the slot or it's not firmly locked into place, problems will pop up.  Most problems as you described are mechanical.  Since you described that you couldn't boot at all after handling your old ram, poor ram seating is highly suspect.
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Amu,

Are you getting any beep codes.
Second, while playing inside you may have loosed another card, cable or power.  I would ensure everything is seated correctly, re-install the mem and check it out.

Glenn
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amu, you really need to check if you have the correct type of ram.  

what type are you installing and what is already in the machine ? they nedd to be the same.

what m/board have you got ? and how old is it ?  what type of ram slots does it have ? what CPU is in it ?

you should check the m/board manufacturers web site where it should tell you the exact type of ram you should be using.  

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