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Article #364 (419 is last): From: ak527@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Martin Quinones) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions,freenet.sci.comp.atari.spec.8bit Subject: XE 130 Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current) Edited-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current) Date: Thu Oct 7 11:49:47 1993 I have xe130 as soon as I turn the computer it goes right into the ram memory test the top 2 bars check out ok and the first ram square is good then 3 bad 1 good 3 bad 1 good 7 bad 1 +1 good 10 bad 1 good 3 bad 1 good 2 bad and then it only continues the ram test skipping the bad squares I cannot get it out of the ram test. has any one run to this problem? any advise at this time will greatly appreciated. thank you in advance. **** Answered by Michael Current, aa700: It certainly sounds to me like you've had some RAM chips go bad. The one time my 130XE failed a similar pattern appeared. First, I found I couldn't run anything except for what I knew were 8K cartridges (Star Raiders). Then I tried out the Memory Test, and indeed, a bunch of the squares were red, with no particular pattern to them. If you're adventuresome in hardware hacking you could probably go in and try swapping/replacing RAM chips, but in my case my solution was to have the machine fixed by a repair specialist. See the 8-bit vendors/developers list for shops that do repairs, though the list doesn't necessarily specify whether a place does repairs. Two off the top of my head are Computer Software Services and The Electronic Clinic. Good luck!