I'm having intermittent memory problems with my Inspiron 8200; any
suggestions? The main symptom is that, sometimes at boot (while still
in the bios stage), it complains about bad reads from memory. This
doesn't always happen; if it doesn't happen, it frequently boots and
runs just fine.
At first, I thought one of the DIMMs might be bad; when I removed it,
I didn't have as many problems. But memtest86 did turn up a memory
read error after 35 minutes of running with only the better DIMM
installed, so I'm not too convinced by that theory any more.
Because of the intermittent nature of the problem, I'm a little leery
of shipping it back for repairs: I can easily imagine that they'll
take my money but that, when the computer comes back, it will still
have problems. Does anybody have experience with having this sort of
If I can't get it fixed, I'm tempted to get another Dell. I wish the
computer weren't flaking out on me, since it still has adequate
performance for my needs, but having to buy a new computer every 3
years isn't the end of the world. And, judging from what I see on
this group, people continue to be able to run Linux on newer Dell
laptops, which is a good sign. I'm still not sure what configuration
I'll get; some specific questions:
* Where to get memory from? For this laptop, I bought it with the
minimum memory configuration, and got more memory from Crucial; that
was easy, so I'm planning to go that route again, unless memory
prices have dropped enough that it doesn't matter.
* Where to get a hard drive from, and what speed? I've never bought a
third-party hard drive, but it shouldn't be too hard to install;
anybody have any suggestions as to good vendors? I certainly
wouldn't mind getting a larger and faster hard drive next time.
* What video card to get? I want something that will run on a stock
Linux distribution, but I don't care about my 3D Linux performance.
I'll probably care a little bit about 3D performance under Windows,
but it's harder to say there; I don't need to be able to play the
most strenuous current Windows games.