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Old 10-08-2003, 07:43 AM   #1
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not really linux related, but im lost..

hi, sorry this isn't really a linux issue (well the computer runs slackware =x ), but I don't know how to fix this and i think someone here might be able to help me!

I bought a mini itx motherboard to make my own computer, amongst some other parts. So I opened up the family computer to borrow the RAM so I could boot up and test it out (I ran out of funds before I could buy the ram and monitor - im a student..)

This was fine, the mini-itx works fine, so before anyone noticed I tried to replace the ram back in the family computer. It is a Hyundai ddr stick and is quite thick, so I put a little bit of pressure on it. Now the computer won't start up!! (it just goes beep-beep-beep.. with a blank screen). I searched google to find this is a ram error.

BUT the ram still works on the mini-itx! So Im sure the ram isn't damaged. I also tested the power supply as well just incase, but no luck.

The motherboard looks totally fine! (all I did was plug the RAM in) - could I have ruined the CPU? - the mini atx has a built in cpu so I cannot swap them.

Any help is appreciated, Im kind of hoping someone has seen this before and will tell me there is something I need to change! I hope.

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Old 10-08-2003, 09:54 AM   #2
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Well...a few things to consider here.

Some motherboards do not support types of RAM. There are many different Motherboards and also different types of RAM. First thing, what type of RAM is it. Secondly, what exact type of MB is it?
I have a MB that doesn't support ram sticks over is a 933mhz machine. This is another thing that it could be. Check the specs of the MB and see if it is compatible with the RAM.
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Hopefully you didn't damage the socket and the stick just wasn't inserted completely. In the process of trying to reinsert the memory stick you could of caused some physical damage or static electricity discharge to the motherboard.

Verify you are inserting the stick in the proper direction.

Open the retaining clips to the max. Insert the memory stick and push somewhat firmly. The clips should start to close, when the they touch the sides of the stick press on them until they snap in place. The clips should engage into the notches of the memory stick.

When handling memory, CPU's and even I/O cards its best to use an antistatic wrist strap.
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"When handling memory, CPU's and even I/O cards its best to use an antistatic wrist strap."
or at least touch the computer's frame. :P
Old 10-08-2003, 10:11 PM   #5
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I guess I didn't explain the situation properly, so I will try again in less detail.

Computer A was working fine, I took the RAM out and tried it on B (to test everything I just bought was working) and it was good, so I then returned it to A. now it doesnt work!

Im sure the ram isn't the problem, because it allways work on the other motherboard, but not the one I originally got it from!!!


The RAM fits in just as described, I also put it in the same slot I took it from.

Reading about the static damage I could have done, makes me think this must be it.

Thank you for your time to reply.. I guess Im going to have to take it to a shop, as everyone in my family is annoyed and wants it to work again!


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