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Master Geek

# 260032 7-Nov-2019 16:20
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I have just bought 4gb Crucial laptop DDR3 1600Mhz ram for an old HP Probook 4520.
I tried installing and, then it won't start just clicking all the time, I have 4gb ram already and was trying to up it to 8gb.
Even tried the Crucial 4gb on its own and just get the clicking and no boot up!
Tried the Crucial 4gb into my intel nuc and works OK there.
Is there something needs changing in the bios, I know its an old laptop but its still working.

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Uber Geek


  # 2349560 7-Nov-2019 16:29
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Laptops can sometimes be a bit fussy with RAM.


Did you check the compatibility here ?





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Uber Geek

  # 2349563 7-Nov-2019 16:35
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That may still be in the region of fuss-pot RAM aged machines. Does the stick you have have backward compatibility to 10600 (vs 12800) and do CL11? (Although a crucial was one of the compatible ones)


Only other thing I can think of is if it is trying to run Dual-channel and they are mis-matched spec per above.


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Ultimate Geek

  # 2349598 7-Nov-2019 17:45
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A long shot but maybe try and upgrade bios first ?

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Uber Geek


  # 2351228 10-Nov-2019 17:15
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Standard: DDR3 PC3-10600 SDRAM (1333 MHz)* Two SODIMM slots supporting dual-channel memory 1024MB, 2048MB, or 4096MB
Maximum: Upgradeable to 8192MB with 4096MB SODIMMs in slots 1 and 2
Dual-channel: Maximized dual-channel performance requires SODIMMs of the same size and speed in both memory slots


The 1600MHz ones might be balking!



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Uber Geek

  # 2351285 10-Nov-2019 20:56
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Yeah sounds like it's not compatible with the BIOS, update it and try or swap out ot 1333Mhz and try that, failing that get HP RAM.

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