I got excited when my mail came today — I got two memory chips (RAM, 256 Mb each raising my computer from 512 Mb to 1026 Mb or 1 Gb) in the mail that I had ordered from eBay.
Shut my computer down. Plugged in the chips. Booted computer. It indicated that the BIOS was loaded, the RAM was good, looked for the drives — and rebooted. Repeat.
I got on the phone to my favorite computer shop, and they suggested trying them one chip at a time in different slots. No change. I put the original chips back in the original slots, and rebooted.
SAME THING. Now I’m getting panicky. I called the computer shop back and said I’d bring the computer in tomorrow. Note that I’ve been REALLY MAD at HP about this computer, and I was ready to blame HP for everything that was wrong.
I went back to my computer and plugged in my dongle (USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE With One Touch Backup), so that I could copy my just-restored documents (and I lost a lot, but I’m glad for what I got back) to my older computer. I opened the case, plugged in the dongle, went to attach it to my HP’s hard drive…
AND DISCOVERED THAT THE DATA CABLE GOT DISCONNECTED while I was installing the RAM. Well, hell, no wonder it wouldn’t boot — it couldn’t find the hard drive!
I reconnected the cable, rebooted — and everything works great, including the new RAM.
Some days it just doesn’t pay to think you’re smart… but if you keep plugging you get it done.