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Add RAM to E510 or get external HD for Dimension 2400?

by carrieoki / December 13, 2010 9:37 AM PST

My Brother said I could keep his problematic Dell E510 if I fixed it. After I did a "return to factory reinstall" as last resort, it was fixed and ran fairly well, except for the occasional Blue Screen which stated core memory dump. The E510 has Windows XP, 512 of RAM, and 80 Gb HD. I tried to add 2 sticks of kitted 1 Gb memory each to the E510, as per a scan by Crucial. Alternated sticks, tabs locked down, did everything right. Now getting error meassage RV370 P/N 113-A62 801-106 BIOS Should I put more $$$ in this sinking ship, as in taking it to local Geek Squad?
I'm fortunate to still have my Dell Dimension 2400 desktop, runs on Win XP, 1 Gb RAM, and 40 Gb HD. It is a sturdy work horse. There are Seagate external drives on sale this week. Would it make more sense just to get the external drive for the Dimension 2400?
Thanks in advance. Am not the complete computer expert, so don't give me a hard time if I did not give enough info.

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That's no error message.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2010 9:46 AM PST

Reading among others that's simply the video card announcing what it is.

I'd forget the scan by crucial and try the old fashioned way of telling the make, model and see if that's the right parts.

=> And about that external. Too many are using them as Storage and only later discover these are not as reliable as we had hoped for. When they fail (see the Cnet Storage Forum) we often ask where the backup copy is.

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by carrieoki / December 17, 2010 2:56 PM PST

Glad to hear it was not an error message. Continued to problem solve and removed the old 2 sticks of 256 kB and powered up computer w/ just the two new 1 Gb sticks. It worked.

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Dell Dimension 2400
by wb2001 / December 13, 2010 10:06 AM PST
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