Back in 2005 or 2006 I purchased a Dell XPS 710 completely stock from DELL and I have been quite pleased with it. After browsing online for a bit I decided to go ahead and upgrade my existing 2GB of RAM to 4GB. I went to Crucial's website and used their tool to automatically detect my RAM specs and bought one of their recommendations.
"2-1GB 240-PIN DIMM 128Mx64 DDR2 PC2-5300 UNBUFFERED"
Anyways, I received it and popped it inside and voila - all worked fine. Upon start up the computer recognized the memory change and proceeded to boot up. Now the issue came, it takes a relatively long time for Windows to load up.
It will remain at the "Windows is Starting up" blue screen for a good three minutes, whereas before I upgraded the RAM it only took a few seconds.
Now - from this I can assume that when I upgraded my RAM from 2GB to 4GB, I either screwed something up or my hardware just doesn't like 4GB of RAM.
This really isn't a gigantic problem because my computer's performance is fine, it's just a pesky problem to see the computer you spent so much money on take ages to turn on when the hardware isn't considered outdated.
So my question is, do you guys have any suggestions to what may have caused this? Should I try to remove a stick of RAM and see try booting up with only 3GB, because currently only 3GB is recognized in Windows XP (Current OS) - I read briefly online about the other 1GB being utilized for something else