Toshiba 1805-S254 Display problems.

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Hello, I know this is an old computer...I've been having problems with
it since we bought it but somehow he hadn't sent it away.

It's a Pentium III, originally with 256 MB of RAM but gave
us free 256 MB more.

I always heard that Toshiba was a computer top maker, but since we got
this 1805-S254 it started to turn off whenever it wanted, no matter it
was plugged...they released a BIOS update a couple months later and it
worked fine. The performance never amazed me though.

then, a year ago the hard disk crashed. when the system was recovered
using the backup CD I noticed that video was no longer playing
smoothly, it stops every one or two seconds and I'm wondering if it's
RAM related (this also happens when scrolling a page, it won't go
smoothly). right-clicked on MY PC icon and checked properties, RAM was
496 MB instead of 512 MB, is that normal?

Could it be that one of the RAM chips is damaged? how could I know
what kind of RAM I can buy to update the system? I'd like to have 1 or
2 GB now in there at least.

Please advice.

thanks in advance.

Re: Toshiba 1805-S254 Display problems. wrote:

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Huh, sounds not good...

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For a RAM-Test you could try or This
little tool is also available on most Linux distribution CDs.

Be careful, because memtest uses intensive the CPU and produces during
runttime a lot of heat at your CPU fan.

By the way, it is said that some of the older Satellite (Pro) Series Laptops
with Pentium III processor should have some thermal problems...


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The 16MB missing is probably used for the video, very common in low end
machines. The machine can't be updated as 2x256MB of PC100 memory is the

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