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8GB RAM install, Computer Powers up but little else, Is it Faulty RAM?

By Brotherhood619 ·
I bought 8GB (2x4GB) for my Win7 64bit PC. After installing it (I'm positive it was installed correctly) I turned the power on, the light on my PC came on (no beeps from the PC), however no output was being sent to the monitor. I left it awhile to see if I heard the sounds of windows booting from the speakers, but they never came.

I have since tested the RAM with 1 old stick and 1 new stick however the same happens.
However if I place both old sticks back in, the computer boots up fine.

To me, it would seem like its faulty RAM, as I checked the comparability before buying but if there is any other explanation that is fixable without returning the RAM, I would prefer that option.

Does anyone have a solution to this problem?

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check out the bios

by databaseben In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

you might have to open the bios up and review the settings for ram. it may be set to read on 2 gigs of ram, instead of being set to auto detect.

check out your computer manual or go to your motherboards homesite for the info on opening the bios.

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by Brotherhood619 In reply to check out the bios

Had a look at the Bios, didn't notice anything mentioning RAM at all (a little strange), the site and manual just seem to say the same thing... 8GB supported.

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try updating the cmos

by databaseben In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

there may be an update available from the maker of the motherboard, which will re-flash / update the cmos and reconfigure the bios options.

also, review the memory configurations section for your motherboard.

i use to have a motherboard, whereas the first slot needed a 512 ram in order before recognizing additional ram in the other slots. its a long shot, but worth looking into it.

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While the RAM could be Faulty

by OH Smeg In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

It's more likely to be Incompatible with your M'Board. When you buy any RAM you should go to one of the RAM Makers Web Sites and use their Memory Finder section to get the right RAM for your System.

http://www.kingston .com/en/memory/search/Devices?DevicesType=Desktop

Just remove the space and you'll have a working URL.

Col

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PC Might Support 8GB, But what Size & Speed?

by thom.sharar In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

Just because your manual says the board can support 8GB of RAM it doesn't mean it'll support 4GB sticks. If you only have 2 slots then it should support 4GB sticks (if you have 4 slots then it's more likely to support 2GB sticks). Also, what speed does the board support AND, as mentioned above, what's compatible. Not all RAM works with all boards (even if they are within spec). Some are made specifically for Intel i3,5,7 or just i5 & i7. Some also support AMD Phenom II along with the others. You have to know EXACTLY what you're buying & EXACTLY what the board will support. What board & CPU are you using?

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by Brotherhood619 In reply to PC Might Support 8GB, But ...

Motherboard is ASROCK G31M-S and the CPU is an intel core 2 Quad Q6600.

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by OH Smeg In reply to PC Might Support 8GB, But ...

The memory that you need is available on the M'Board Makers Web Site here

http://www.asrock .com/mb/memory/G31M-S%20R2.0.pdf

Just remember to remove the space int he above.

Col

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Check with mother board

by kattananda In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

May be problem with mother board or ram ?

Please check with only one ram .and confirm is there any problem in ram ?

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I Ran into this trying to upgrade some Dell 745's with E8400 Core 2 Duo's

by thom.sharar In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

The max speed mine will take is 667MHz if using 2GB sticks. If I use 1GB sticks I can use 800MHz. My guess is you got something above 800MHz (the limit on your ASROCK). Mine were also DDR2 like yours. So, If you purchased DDR2-1066 it's not compatible. Also noticed something strange on Crucial's website. It only offers 4GB kits (2x2 DDR2-800) for that model G31M-S. But ASRock's site clearly states 8GB supported. It was the opposite problem on mine. Crucial said I could put in 8GB DDR2-800, but Dell said the 745's I had only supported 4GB DDR2-800; 8GB DDR2-667MHz. Hope some of this helps you out. Good luck.

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Check BIOS version

by Charles Bundy In reply to 8GB RAM install, Computer ...

Make sure it is at least 1.30 as that release added memory compatibility patches.

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