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I installed new RAM and now my computers freaking out...

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May 13, 2013 12:56:00 AM

I had 2x3 Corsair Vengeance 1.5v 1600, put in 4x4 Corsair Vengeance 1.5v 1600, I grounded myself out, and did it carefully and cleanly...

tried booting up, sent me to System Automatic Repair... Told me this was where my error log was, Windows\System 32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt.... Then kept doing a loop on the automatic repair.

At this point, the screen wasn't being pushed to my monitor and it kept turning on and off... Miraculously, it worked once out of the 15 or 14 reboots, and I managed to get into the BIOS, and make it boot from the CD I had in the drive, Windows 8 Install CD the person I bought the desktop from this week gave to me. When I try using the code they gave me it didn't work (Upgrade key, not Windows 8 actual key), so I worked my magic and got a key, threw it in...

It only recognized 930gb's out of my 1tb hard drive as two partitions, one system reserved one primary. I deleted both as neither were really doing anything for me (System Refresh + System Restore both kept kicking me out) and proceeded to do a clean install... Halfway through, it gave me an error saying it cannot find a file it needs. I tried it twice more, and on the second try, it had like 8 partitions in the hard drive... Since then, whenever I turn the computer on, it turns off rather quickly, waits a second or two, then boots back on... And it won't push the display to my monitor. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY COMPUTER? Did I just destroy it?! :(  :(  :(  :(  I've only had it a week, I have broken limbs right now and I just want to have a computer right now to sit around and dink around on, I'd appreciate any and all help...

My motherboard is an Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3, and my CPU is a 2600K... Please help!
May 13, 2013 1:00:28 AM

I also just bought a K70 Corsair keyboard and a new mouse and neither of them are powering up off of the USB ports anywhere on the computer, case or mobo direct connect otherwise... Is my motherboard dead? Is my graphics card dead? Is my hard drive dead? I ran a CHKDSK when I still had a chance and it told me something about uppercase letters being corrupt
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May 13, 2013 2:00:34 AM

I was thinking this is kind of moot point without any sort of user interfacing... Could this be because of the recall I keep reading about, i.e PCiE slot failing and SATA ports randomly failing? In which case... what do I do... I'm broke, this was all my money in this build... My GPU is a GTX 570 too, if thats helpful at all...
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a b V Motherboard
May 13, 2013 2:26:36 AM

okay, first up remove all ram sticks and start your computer. If you hear a constant beep, then your mobo is probably all right as that is reporting ram error. Now if you get that beep code, the next thing you should do is put just one stick of ram in and at this point remove the graphic card as well.

Put that RAM in the second slot away from the cpu (some configurations require a particular RAM slot populated for proper functioning). Now try to boot up. If you still cant, turn off all the power remove the CMOS battery from the mobo and wait a bit like for a minute. Try to restart and if you get checksum error load BIOS defaults and see if you can boot.

If this does not work, look up the jumper settings in your mobo manual and try to reset your BIOS that way.

Get back to us and we'll try to figure out the problem
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May 13, 2013 2:56:28 AM

I turned it on w/ all the RAM out... the DRAM light is lit up, as is the Standby Power LED; the standby turns on when the power supply is plugged in, and stays lit when the motherboard turns on... Although, I am colorblind and cannot tell if it's orange or green, I apologize. The DRAM being lit means that the DIMM is not properly installed according to the manual. Removing the graphics card right now, it's really stuck in the slot though and I'm not sure how to go about getting it out of there, even with the clippydoodle gate thing up. I was going to do the jumper method earlier on the CMOS when I was about ready to rip my hair out, I can't for the life of me get that little battery out of the holder lol!


Edit: Wait... I removed the graphics card, how do I push it to the monitor now? O_o


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May 13, 2013 2:56:59 AM

I turned it on w/ all the RAM out... the DRAM light is lit up, as is the Standby Power LED; the standby turns on when the power supply is plugged in, and stays lit when the motherboard turns on... Although, I am colorblind and cannot tell if it's orange or green, I apologize. The DRAM being lit means that the DIMM is not properly installed according to the manual. Removing the graphics card right now, it's really stuck in the slot though and I'm not sure how to go about getting it out of there, even with the clippydoodle gate thing up. I was going to do the jumper method earlier on the CMOS when I was about ready to rip my hair out, I can't for the life of me get that little battery out of the holder!


Edit: Wait... I removed the graphics card, how do I push it to the monitor now? O_o
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a b V Motherboard
May 13, 2013 3:05:21 AM

Okay, my bad...I assumed your mobo has a socket for the monitor. Let the graphic card plugged in but do the rest of the stuff. Also, you just added an extra ram stick to the three you've previously had right? While you are at it, share rest of the info about your system...other system components etc.
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May 13, 2013 3:20:11 AM

No, I had 3x2 originally... Went 4x4... It was detected, and it was clocked up to 1600 in the BIOS by me as well...

my setup...
Corsair TX750 Power Supply
Asus P8P67 Pro Motherboard
Nvidia GTX 570 GPU
Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Intel 2600K CPU, gently oc'd to high 3's up to 4.1ish I believe as my motherboard saw fit w/ the "AI Tweaker" program built into it... Has a relatively large Coolermaster heat sink mounted on it, I was going to install an Antec Kuhler 620 setup on it today but never got around to it because of the mishap...
Asus N Wireless PCI-E card...
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a b V Motherboard
May 13, 2013 3:30:55 AM

A migration between RAM kits should not present any problems. Did you check the beep code thing I suggested?. One RAM stick and BIOS defaults working? And sorry to hear bout the broken limbs... take care and keep us posted.

I am stressing on loading BIOS defaults through CMOS battery removal coz if you've manually clocked your RAM up then the set voltages might be becoming an issue for the new kit.
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May 13, 2013 3:42:14 AM

Just did the jumper... and pulled the battery out w/ a key remover, neither did the trick... still no power to the universal serials, still no pushing from the GPU to my monitor
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May 13, 2013 3:53:47 AM

got peripheral power, the graphics card fan is now spooling up faster, DRAM LED is no longer on... Pulled the jumper cap off completely for a few minutes, then did it for like 5 seconds and switched it back and that was enough this time I guess... Just, not getting any image pushed to the TV still... Could it be the HDMI port now? Or lack of a driver because of the hard drives erasing? And if that's the case, what... do I do? Lol

Edit: Well... I tried turning it off and on a few times, and for whatever reason, it booted right up... Took me to American Megatrends splash about my memory being detected, told me to hit f1 so I did, took me to the Bios... Reset it to defaults, clocked the 1600 back to 1300. Put my Windows install cd in and I'm trying to clean install Windows 8 right now, I'll let you know if I have any more problems, it's being kinda finicky still
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a b V Motherboard
May 13, 2013 4:10:26 AM

good thing you can load defaults....let us know how it turns out.
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May 13, 2013 4:33:07 AM

OK, I'm not able to install Windows 8 off of this CD because it's the upgrade disc, at least, that's what I remember from earlier when I kept getting errors... There IS a difference between the two other than CD Key, right? Getting a Windows 7 clean install tomorrow then upgrading it up to 8 and it should be problem solved, should be a good opportunity to stress test & over clock w/ the water-cooling tomorrow w/ a fresh setup I guess :) 

I have two other questions, and I think I'll be good with this whole thing... When I'm trying to erase the partitions for Windows to recreate them in the install wizard, I'm able to see & erase everything but 70 gb's out of the terabyte, i.e, no Windows OS or files at all, should be completely clean, no? Ubuntu was installed on my computer prior to the Windows 8 upgrade and partitioned, and after it was upgraded to Windows 8 it's been unable to run Ubuntu... Could that be where the hard drive space went, and if so how do I "erase it" since it's not being recognized by Windows...
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a b V Motherboard
May 13, 2013 4:50:08 AM

you are saying that your 1 TB drive shows up as 930 GB? If that is what you are wondering about then it is difference arising from how windows and HDD manufacturers calculate memory space.

While HDD manufacturers use 1000 Bytes = 1KB
Windows calculates is as 1024 Bytes = 1KB

1 TB = 1000,000,000,000 Bytes
But In windows calculations, it becomes (1000,000,000,000)/ (1024x1024x1024) = 930 GB

So Ubuntu must have been erased properly but you are only losing space in a virtual way. Physically the advertised space of 1TB is same as windows calculated space of 930 GB. consider them two different numbers representing the same volume.
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May 13, 2013 6:52:08 PM

Downloaded it onto a USB, kept giving me a cannot verify product key, please check installation media even after 3 isos... Got it to boot up into install on the USB stick with the install on it, however, when I try to go forward in the install, I get - "A media driver your computer needs is missing. This could be a DVD, USB, or Hard Disk driver. . . " What do I do now, just download all the drivers for everything on my computer, stick them on the USB and install?
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a b V Motherboard
May 13, 2013 9:37:22 PM

^ if it is asking you for a location of the missing driver to use then it might work. Otherwise it might not. I hope you have downloaded the right isos from the official microsoft mirrors. And this is win 7 we are talking about right? Use microsoft's windows dvd to usb tool to create a proper bootable usb drive.

In the BIOS make sure you have set it to "boot USB devices first" then use the USB to start up your installation. Make sure your USB drive is the right capacity for the installation to run properly (minimum 4 GB)
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