RAM problem diagnosis

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  1. Lanlan
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    So the 2 2gb rams i ordered for my laptop came in today, so i pop em in and turn on my puter and i get nothing. No beeps or anything. Just a blank screen. When I take all ram out i get 2 beeps, so i know it's at least detecting something. Anyone know what could be wrong? I tried all possible combinations of the new ram with my old ram, even cleaned the contacts.
     
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    I forgot
    Question, did the old RAM work and was that why you got more? And is your laptop capable of 4GB of RAM?

    EDIT: He bought the RAM from me btw, and I tested it before sending it so I know it works.
     
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    Old RAM worked fine, still does. And according to multiple sources (Crucial's scan thingy, Dell's website, and various forums) my laptop supports up to 4 gigs of soDIMM DDR-2 pc2-6400 RAM.

    And yes, I bought it from him. I'm not blaming him in any way, nor am i asking for a refund. It may have been damaged during shipping, who knows? I just wanna see if anyone has any ideas.
     
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    And to clarify,
    new ram = no POST, no beeps, no video, but the cpu fan turns on.
    No ram = no video, beep code, two beeps repeating, which according to wikipedia means there is no memory installed.
    old ram = normal operation
     
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    Have you tried only one stick of RAM? Do that with each DIMM you have, in each slot, one at a time. That can help determine if one of the slots are faulty or if it's the RAM itself.
     
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    What are the specs of the new RAM?
     
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    Same as the old other than twice the capacity. 200 pin soDIMM ddr-2 pc2-6400.
    and I've tried different slots.
     
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    Hmm and what laptop do you have?
    Also, in what configuration is the 4GB ram? 2x2GB? or 1x4? scratch that, you already said it's 2x2...
    Have you already tried other ram of 2GB in your laptop?