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#1 mike

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 07:03 AM

Well folks, I just bought 4 1 gig sticks of ram from ebay and put them in two different computers to up them from 1 gig to 2 gig each and I see some lights on the pc but the monitor on both pc's stays black.

Do I conclude that I purchased 4 sticks of dead ram?
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:27 AM

Do I conclude that I purchased 4 sticks of dead ram?


Not likely. Could be a couple things. You bought the wrong type of RAM. Your computer can't access more than a specified amount of RAM and you are way over it. Your OS can only recognize up to specified amount and you've gone over it. Maybe you have not put the cards in completely in BOTH computers and some of the pins are not making contact.
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#3 mike

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:33 AM

The MSI motherboard book says they can take a maximum of 2 gig. so should be alright there.

They both take ddr and all 4 sticks say they are 1 gig ddr pc 3200r so THAT seems ok.

I have put in and swapped out a lot of ram in my day, but agree that they may not be seated and checked that too.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:48 AM

Mike, hard to believe all 4 sticks are bad. Try testing them one at a time to see if 1GB works by itself. Are there 2 slots or 4 for RAM? If 4 then there maybe a size limit per stick.
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Posted 05 October 2008 - 08:55 AM

both boards have 2 slots so I "assume" a 1 gig is good in each since the motherboard says it handles 2 gig.

I find it hard to believe 4 sticks are bad too. It is probably something about the motherboards because we're talking
2 exact same boards having the same problem.

I put one stick at a time in the ddr 1 slot and got the same results. 1 long beep, pause, 1 long beep, nothing.

better check board manual for beep codes
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#6 mike

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:02 AM

OK, it appears that I have ecc chips and the MSI likes NON-ecc,?? , maybe?

Although there is nothing in the msi book about ecc vs non ecc

Edited by mike, 05 October 2008 - 10:10 AM.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:03 AM

OK, it appears that I have ecc chips and the MSI likes NON-ecc,?? , maybe?


That could be the issue. While motherboards with ECC specs can get away with Non-ECC RAM, the same is not true for boards that are Non-ECC only.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 10:11 AM

That could be the issue. While motherboards with ECC specs can get away with Non-ECC RAM, the same is not true for boards that are Non-ECC only.



Yeah. I'm starting to think I have 4 1 gig chips of ddr to add to inventory.
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