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dell 8600 shutting off by it self

Will I thought I had whipped this problem, I guess I have not.
I have found that when I remove one of the 1GB memory cards it will not shut down.

It does not matter which Card I use one at a time it is fine and runs without shutting down, just as soon as I put the other 1GB card in it will shut down in about 2 to three minutes.
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dbruntonCommented:
Any messages in Event logs?

Try the UBCD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ and use memtest on it.  Make the CD from the downloaded ISO file and boot from it.  Try and run memtest and see if it will test your memory for you or will close down while testing.
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c08raCommented:
i know you have tried both memory modules but have you tried using 1 ram module in each of the ram slots, it possible that one of the slots might be shorting the system.
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starviewAuthor Commented:
I think if you have only one module you can only use it in the A or first slot or it will not function.
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nobusCommented:
are both sticks the same model? if not post the models
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starviewAuthor Commented:
Both are the same ELPIDA  1GB PC2700S-2533-0-Z
EBD11UD8ADDA-6B 0549AXL0662

Is it possible to only run 2GB in on slot?

I know the max is 2GB
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nobusCommented:
it can be -  but it is not supported by dell.
if you have one around - you can try
i would also look for resetting the bios (by removing AC cord + bios battery for a minute), or upgrade it
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starviewAuthor Commented:
I have no idea where the bios battery is, I have looked all over the board and I don't see one.
The only battery is the main battery, there is no backup batter in the case in the battery box.

I know in the device manager it shows two Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Control Method Batteries listed. I know there is something that keeps the clock going, but where I don't know. I have looked in the service manual and I do not see anything listed
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nobusCommented:
i suppose it's the round part shown around 2:30 here :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9WLpBq4RDc
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starviewAuthor Commented:
I see nothing at 2:30 that shows the bio battery
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nobusCommented:
sorry - wrong time - should be 1:00
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starviewAuthor Commented:
I still do not see where the bios or cmos battery is located, if you are talking about the pocket in the main battery box, this for a battery backup and I do not have one there.
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starviewAuthor Commented:
If this is where the cmos battery should be located and since I don't have one there, just a connector where it should be connected, why is my  date and time still stays correct when I take out the main battery and disconnect the ac power?
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nobusCommented:
about the battery - it can be the battery is not shown for your model - i  only supposed from the youtube it may be that part - but i need the laptop - or  a better manual to be sure
sometimes the battery is wrapped in plastic

>> why is my  date and time still stays correct when I take out the main battery and disconnect the ac power?   <<   that depends on the battery - and circuitry; it may be "on the edge" and still holds the time; but not the rest

you can also try to upgrade the bios - if an update is available
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starviewAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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