View Full Version : xp wont start on half a gig of ddr mem?

10-09-2011, 01:13 PM
My old computer, which used to have 1 gig of ram (ddr) now only has half a gig, due to one stick failing. Now xp pro wont start. I've tried safe mode, but whatever option i pick, it goes to the xp logo and restarts. Done a memory test, passed it.

10-09-2011, 01:15 PM
Hit F8 before the XP boot screen and choose 'disable automatic restart on system failure'. See what the error is.

Do you have an XP CD?

10-09-2011, 01:17 PM
Check that the BIOS isnt trying to run the memory in dual channel mode. It should probably automatically disable when one stick is removed but it might have screwed up or something.

10-09-2011, 01:21 PM
Yep, got a cd. I'll try that when i get home. The xp manual says a minimum of 64 mbs...

10-09-2011, 01:25 PM
Also, I reset the cmos, but ill check.

Speedy Gonzales
10-09-2011, 01:46 PM
What motherboard is in this?? Sounds like an AMD. If it is did you install SP3 on it recently? Sounds like its crashing / rebooting when it gets to the XP logo

10-09-2011, 03:16 PM
The RAM errors could have damaged Windows, try the Disable restart and then perhaps a repair install on it.

10-09-2011, 04:10 PM
I put the xp disk in, selected repair and rebooted. Now it works! Thanks people!!! Although it takes about 5 mins to start tho...

10-09-2011, 04:43 PM
run msconfig, post a list of all the startup apps running.

10-09-2011, 10:14 PM
nah, after the first start, i restarted it and it went waaay faster, then i defragged it, and now it runs close to normal. can even play halo 1 on it on medium graphics.