Hi everyone. I apologize for my first post being a doozy of a problem but I'm at my wit's end.
Less than 2 weeks ago, my son's friend, a self-proclaimed computer genius, offered me new RAM for my system. My computer came with 128MB RAM about 5 years ago, bought brand new. It was enough for me but he insisted it was free and not a big deal. I DON'T KNOW WHY I LET HIM NEAR MY COMPUTER! I have this 'thing' that I don't let people get near my computer or my car. I don't know why I trusted him. He's 20 years old. Let me also say I'm not a 'newbie'. I know a lot but not enough about computers, the ins and outs of them. I was a computer forum moderator for quite some time as well. But I'd never advertise to anyone that I'm a 'computer genius'. Nonetheless...
Upon opening the case, he took out 2 sticks of RAM, one 'real' and one 'dummy' that are paired in the slots. As soon as he removed them, he saw that his kind were far different and would not work. Of course, I tried to tell him my RAM was not common and quite expensive as I'd always been told, you just couldn't get it anywhere. But the genius insisted he knew what he was doing. Well, he never attempted to put in his RAM, knowing they were far different. So he put my RAM back in their slots and closed the case. He left to go to work.
I connected all my cords and wires. Upon booting, the hard drive light stayed lit and it would beep, 7 long beeps then a pause, then the cycle repeated itself. Looking that up, it points to RAM. The guys at another computer forum site said he damaged my RAM somehow. I ordered new RAM and installed it last night. No beeps but the computer and fan hum, the hard drive light stays lit, and nothing else. It never goes to POST and I get no display at all.
Please help me figure this out. Here are my specs.
SONY VAIO desktop system, PCV-RX370DS
PC-800 RDRAM (RAMBUS)
My RAM must be installed in pairs and no slot can be empty. Assuming the RAM was damaged by the genius (due to static charge or mishandling), I gave up the 64MB and the dummy that he removed and installed 2 sticks of 128MB each. That would then make 1 dummy, 1 64MB, 128MB, and 128MB in total.
Please help. A new system is not an option and I'm devastated to think I would lose everything on my hard drive. Please help me determine the REAL problem. I LOVE my system, I LOVE WinME, and I NEED everything working again.
Is my only remaining option to take my 'baby' to a repair shop? What could be preventing my computer from functioning? Help me please.