I recently purchase a 256MB SO-DIMM upgrade from Crucial and installed it on my Webplayer. I also have a DELL Wireless Mini-PCI adaptor installed. When the machine would attempt to boot into WinME (or Win98 for that matter) it would hard lock shortly after the Windows login. Removing either the 256mb chip or the Wireless card would fix the issue. Its like the 2 are simply not compatable. I have a friend with a IBM thinkpad notebook that also uses 256mb SO-DIMM chips and borrowed one of his and had the exact same problem. Reinstalling either version of Windows made no difference.
Has anyone else encountered a similar problem?
Could this be a BUS voltage problem or possibly memmory addresses tripping over each other. WinMe & 98 see the wireless Mini-PCI card as a PCMCIA style device and are managed thru the PCMCIA card bus manager for some reason.
The story does have a good ending though.....
I got another 128mb Crucial SO-DIMM and installed it and did not have any of the afore mentioned problems. The specs on the memory are exactly the same as the 256. The only differce is that one is 128mb and one is 256mb.
128Mb is most likely enough for general Windows type activities, so I will have got 128mb to keep the wireless card working.
So, once again, anyone out there actualy using a mini-PCI card for some solution on your Webplayer or has upgraded to 256MB and had problems?