Re: Trouble with comp. Do I need new hardware?
That's weird... Installing RAM really shouldn't mess anything up unless you didn't seat it properly or something. Are you sure you had it in correctly, or even the correct type of RAM(you didn't give enough info for me to really look, but it apparently uses SD-RAM, not DDR...I could be wrong)
It sounds like you shorted something out, but check around to be sure you didn't knock anything off. Press down on anything that could come loose.
Prices? I'd reccomend getting a new comp. If it's a power supply problem, you never know if something else is shorted out... Plus I don't deal with Pentiums, so others could help you with those prices if you just want a new mobo or something...
A little side note, there's only so much RAM a computer can actually utilize. Most processors will do fine with 256M, and 512M is great. With a P1.5, I doubt anything more than 512M would hardly be worth the time/effort/money...but that's just my view on things...
Desktop: Athlon 64 3700, 1024M RAM, GF 6200 TC 256M, 2x 80G, 2x DVD-RW
Laptop: Sempron 2800, 512M RAM, Unichrome, 60G, DVD-RW
Macintosh:G4 1.33GHz, 512M RAM, Radeon 9200 32M, 40G, DVD/CDRW
They get me from 0 to 1...