RAM the RAM
I had been using a Pentium 2 VAIO desktop until
2001, when l decided to build my first system. /
carefully selected and bought the parts over six
months and had only the RAM left to purchase. I
happened across a great deal at a local retail store
and brought home a new PC2100 256MB DDR
to stick into my waiting motherboard. I started
everything up (and got goose bumps when I
heard the fans whir). Within a few seconds, the
motherboard began emitting a heart-wrenching
series of beeps. It wouldn't stop! I looked up every
beep code for every BIOS and I couldn't pin down
the cause of these short, endless snickers at my
lack of experience.
Six months later, after I'd RMA'd my processor, motherboard, memory, and power supply (to
no avail), I finally found a post that suggested a
less-gentle application of force when pushing
the RAM into the motherboard. Apparently, I had
been much too careful, because when l took the
RAM out and pressed it back in more firmly, my
"new" computer booted right up!
People are often surprised by the amount of pressure it takes to insert a memory module in a PC
when they try it the first time. It does take substantial force, but the main signal indicating you've got
it seated is when the two little latches at either end
of the slot click down.
Note, however, that it's very easy to try to insert
the module in the wrong orientation. I once ruined
a memory socket by trying to force in a module that
was flipped 180 degrees. So do make sure the little
slot on the module is correctly lined up with the key
tab in the memory socket itself.