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Memory Upgrade Attempt Causes Computer Not to Post

\015 I have a Dell Dimension B110 Desktop computer. I recently\302\240tried to upgrade\302\240the memory from 256k\302\240to 2gigs using\302\2402 1-gig sticks of RAM.\302\240 After upgrade, the computer would not boot-up and all I got on monitor were fuzzy numbers. I then swapped out the new memory and replaced it with old 256k stick.\302\240 It still will not boot but I sometimes now get a message stating "previous attempts at booting this system have failed at checkpoint [tmr2]."\302\240 In addition the diagnostic lights are GYYG which indicates fatal motherboard failure. \302\240Does "fatal" = fried in this case or is there something I still can do? \302\240This is not my first time upgrading RAM and I'm sure that the memory sticks are compatible.I've tried resetting the CMOS by removing the battery for 30 minutes without success.Anyone have a clue what has happened here?\302\240 Is my motherboard gone or can it somehow be reset? Can anyone suggest a solution?\015

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Seeing as the message is indicating a problem at one of the timer checkpoints, fatal is probably an accurate description. You are most likely looking at a motherboard replacement scenario. I've seen improperly seated memory modules toast timer circuitry on old boards back in the days when most of the timing circuitry was constructed from discrete components, not entirely IC-based timing solutions, but I have never seen it happen on modern boards.
It is probably that you have a motherboard failure. Are you sure that the memory is 100% compatible?

For your machine is:

333 MHz (PC2700) DDR DIMMs only. Modules must be installed in pairs for Dual Channel mode
\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012Standard Memory:\015\012256MB (Removable)\015\012\015\012Maximum Memory:\015\0122GB \015\012\015\012Memory Expansion:\015\0122 Sockets (1 bank of 2)
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