new ddr2 ram laptop wont start

  rovit44 21:08 03 Sep 2009

hi. I have an Acer TravelMate 2410 with one 256MB PC2-4200S-444 module. Crucial says this model takes 2x1GB DDR2 PC2-5300 so I got that. When I install it Windows wont start at all. It starts fine with the 256MB back in it but it's slow having so little memory

Should I update the BIOS first when the 256MB is installed? Should I take out battery inside? What else should I try?

Any help appreciated

  birdface 21:40 03 Sep 2009

Maybe try 1 stick of the new ram at a time in case 1 off them is faulty.

  cream. 22:18 03 Sep 2009

Does it say 128 in them?

  rovit44 22:41 03 Sep 2009

they say MT8HTF12864HDY-667EI 200736 CBNCPHT009 1GB 2RX16 PC2-5300S-555-12-AO 1GB DDR2 667 CL5

I've tried them one at a time and togther: Windows doesnt start either way

  cream. 23:53 03 Sep 2009

That's high density ram.
Send it back and ask for low density.
click here

  Quiet Life 14:33 04 Sep 2009

I doubt if Crucial supplied the ram. Sounds like an e-bay stitch up!

  rovit44 18:22 08 Sep 2009

I had bought memory from two other ebay sellers and that was fine. this one click here
says Density: 128x8 (Low)
I have asked them to replace it

  Quiet Life 18:54 08 Sep 2009

There details give
2GB DDR2 Laptop Notebook SODIMM DDR2-667 PC2-5300 667MHz NON-ECC Memory RAM High Density 256x4 (Not compatible with all systems - please see text below)

  rovit44 19:30 08 Sep 2009

I cant see where it says that. I can see where it says "Density: 128x8 (Low)"
click here

  cream. 20:35 08 Sep 2009

128M is high density ram.

Ebay sellers buy it for peanuts because few machines will accept it. They hope it either works or they can bluff there way out of it.

  rovit44 21:01 08 Sep 2009

I have stirred them into making a response. I hope to have it replaced with low density type or at least get a refund. Does this only happen with DDR2? I had not trouble with DDR from USA or SDRAM from Glasgow (both via eBay)

Will DDR3 also hide such horrors?

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