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Papa John 06-04-2010 03:42 PM

Computer Upgrade
I'm trying upgrade my Dell 3000 from 512 memory to 2 2X1GB with a PNY DDR3200. I put the new sticks in heard 3 beeps and then nothing happens. What could be the problem? Thanks.

DangerMouse 06-04-2010 04:45 PM

You can upgrade your Dell Dimension 3000 to up to a maximum of 2.0 GB Memory.

Hope this helps...


Papa John 06-05-2010 11:19 AM

Computer Upgrade
Thanks for the info. I purchased a PNY 2GB DDR PC 3200 and the motherboard will not read them. What am I doing wrong? The computer just beeps 3 times & that's it! Nothing.

nap 06-05-2010 01:29 PM

I presume you got it running with the old stuff or you are on another computer. If you got the dell running again, go to HERE and run a scan to make sure the memory you got is ok to use in your computer.

Papa John 06-05-2010 07:15 PM

Computer Update
Thanks for the info. Yes, I have I have enough memory to handle 2GB.
The "PNY" sticks seemed a little tight fitting but did go into place. Why is it then that when the 2GB are in, the motherboard isn't reading them? It beeps 3 times & then there's nothing. Could it be the brand name of the sticks?

Scuba_Dave 06-05-2010 07:31 PM

Did you go on the Dell site & verify memory required for your PC ?
Each stick can only be 1g for a total of 2g


Memory Speed: 400 MHz ( PC3200 ) 184 pin 128x64 from Dell site
Data Integrity Check: Non-ECC
Seems like your memory is not fully installed
3 beeps = no memory

Memory failed to be sized or enabled.
Corrective Action - Reseat the memory modules
Both sticks must be in properly

Can you go into setup at all ?
Any video ?
No video = no memory

nap 06-05-2010 08:09 PM

I have had memory sticks that when I put them in, I would have sworn they were fully inserted only to find I was wrong.

make sure the RAM is fully inserted and the clips are locked fully into place.

DangerMouse 06-05-2010 08:16 PM

Trying to put in 4 gigs ram in a MB that only takes 2 gig max will not work.


poppameth 06-06-2010 11:21 AM

Here is a lot better memory that is designed to fit your specific PC. Also some info in the FAQ section about common problems when installing RAM on a D3000.

I don't think he is trying to install 4GB. It looks like 2 x 1GB modules. I think that is a typo in the first post. There are only 2 slots in a D3000.

DangerMouse 06-06-2010 11:50 AM


Originally Posted by Papa John (Post 451569)
I purchased a PNY 2GB DDR PC 3200

Then he typo'd twice.... looks to me like he's trying to put in 4G.
Just won't work....


nap 06-06-2010 12:50 PM


2 2X1GB with a PNY DDR3200.
that is confusing. You either have a 2X1GB (pre-packed as a pair) or you would have 2 1GB sticks (packed individually)

but 2 2X1GB doesn't make sense but since he doesn't have enough space to put in the 2 2X1GB sets, he still could only be putting in a total of 2 GB.

Papa John 06-06-2010 06:48 PM

Computer Upgrade
No typo here. It reads that way on the package. But they are PNY 1GB sticks, (2 to a package) sorry for the confusion. I think I'll just go ahead & return them & try some other brand or just give in & call Dell.

poppameth 06-07-2010 05:49 AM

There is no reason to call Dell. Dell charges outrageous prices for memory and they don't make their own memory anyway. It's usually Micron or Samsung modules. Order from the link I posted. The Crucial memory is made to work in your system. Crucial is the same company as Lexar, very reputable.

Papa John 06-07-2010 11:01 PM

Computer Upgrade
Thanks Papameth!

I returned the PNY today & ordered the Crucial. I should have it by Friday or Saturday. Hope all goes well.

Would you happen to know how to scan family pictures & slides on to a CD that could be used as your desktop?

Thanks again for all your help.

poppameth 06-08-2010 05:49 AM

Could you explain that one a little more clearly? Are you trying to scan photos and store them on a CD, then load them from the CD as a desktop background? Or am I misunderstanding?

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