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How do I disable on board RAM on a Dell Inspiron 1000

Posted on 2009-02-10
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1000.  I have been doing some work on it.  I replaced the display, the hard drive, added a wireless card and upgraded to Windows XP Pro.  Everything went off without a hitch.  I played with the laptop for a week.  I did all the updates with no problems.  Then I turn the computer on and it just hangs at the Windows screen.  I have run Dell Diagnostics and even replaced the hard drive with another brand new one.  I have reformatted the hard drive and the computer starts the installation process and stops at 35%!  Everyone I ask talks about RAM.  But, of course, the RAM is onboard so I want to know if there is any way to disable it or do I really have to replace the motherboard?
Question by:phancock07
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Sorry, can't be disabled.

Have you run memory diagnostics to be sure that's what the problem is?

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Yeppers, no errors!  I have even run Dell Diagnostics.  Thing is... When I got the new hard drive everything installed perfectly and the laptop ran for a week with no problems...  Then one day I turned it on and it wouldn't boot. Same goes for booting it in safe mode...
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I would try the suggestions that have been posted in your other question about the install hanging first, but if those don't do it, grab a copy of memtest+


Boot to that and let it run its memory test for a few hours, or overnight. If it goes through without error after an overnight run then your memory is probably not an issue.
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try resetting the bios to default - or if the bios battery is replaceable, replace it

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