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July 3, 2014 12:49:39 PM

I have an older machine that I've been using for a while now. There was a problem with the old RAM so I ordered some new ones off of Amazon. The only problem is now I can't get it to boot at all. The old RAM I was using was corsair xms2 ddr2 800mhz. While this is the new RAM I ordered and can't get the system to boot with. New Ram

Any help would be highly appreciated.
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July 3, 2014 12:52:27 PM

SasafrasJones said:
I have an older machine that I've been using for a while now. There was a problem with the old RAM so I ordered some new ones off of Amazon. The only problem is now I can't get it to boot at all. The old RAM I was using was corsair xms2 ddr2 800mhz. While this is the new RAM I ordered and can't get the system to boot with. New Ram

Any help would be highly appreciated.


Are you getting any beeps when you start up and does it get to the manufacturer's splash screen?
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July 3, 2014 12:56:19 PM

What mobo and CPU?
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July 3, 2014 12:56:21 PM

coastie65 said:
SasafrasJones said:
I have an older machine that I've been using for a while now. There was a problem with the old RAM so I ordered some new ones off of Amazon. The only problem is now I can't get it to boot at all. The old RAM I was using was corsair xms2 ddr2 800mhz. While this is the new RAM I ordered and can't get the system to boot with. New Ram

Any help would be highly appreciated.


Are you getting any beeps when you start up and does it get to the manufacturer's splash screen?


No beeps except for the standard single beep my motherboard has always made when it powers on. I can get as far as the BIOs screen and sometimes into the BIOs settings, but no further than that.
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July 3, 2014 1:04:22 PM

what was the old ram?
what's the voltage on the new ram?............
after putting the 2 new sticks in did you increase it at all?..........
did you try just 1 stick?

describe the problems you were having with the machine that made you buy new ram...........

give detailed parts list..........

and how old is this thing?
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July 3, 2014 1:05:04 PM

Tradesman1 said:
What mobo and CPU?


and AMD Phenom 2 X3 720 processor. And I wish I could be more helpful on the mobo, but all I know is that its a Zotac brand. It was secondhand and all I have is the manual, but the manual makes no reference to any model numbers or anything.

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July 3, 2014 1:11:55 PM

swifty_morgan said:
what was the old ram?
what's the voltage on the new ram?............
after putting the 2 new sticks in did you increase it at all?..........
did you try just 1 stick?

describe the problems you were having with the machine that made you buy new ram...........

give detailed parts list..........

and how old is this thing?


As stated above the old RAM was Corsair XMS DDR2 800mhz.

I do not know what the voltage on the new RAM is since THIS page here doesn't list the voltage and I can't seem to find it on my own.

Putting in the 2 sticks would have put me at the same level of RAM I had before.

I bought new RAM because one of the sticks I had in it went bad. I found this out by going into safe mode and memtesting them.

I tried both new sticks on their own and its unable to get past the bios menu.

It's running a Phenom 2 x3 720 Processor in a secondhand Zotac motherboard for which I only have a manual that makes no references to model number or anything. I'm sorry if I can't be more helpful there.
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July 3, 2014 1:26:35 PM

Okay. You are running two 2gb sticks, is that right? When you said you tried them on their own, does that mean you tried them one at at a time? If not then try them one at a time. I will say this, the only time I tried to run PNY memory, it didn't go well. Took it back and got something else.
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July 3, 2014 1:28:32 PM

shut down. reset cmos........... or remove and replace battery .............. do this with one ram stick in the first slot next to the cpu.

see if it boots. if not try the same stick in another slot. see if it boots. if not try another stick.... same deal............

I think your board is shot right now.

by the way.......... no stickers on the ram with any information on them?
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July 3, 2014 1:30:11 PM

coastie65 said:
Okay. You are running two 2gb sticks, is that right? When you said you tried them on their own, does that mean you tried them one at at a time? If not then try them one at a time. I will say this, the only time I tried to run PNY memory, it didn't go well. Took it back and got something else.


Yes I tried them together and then one at a time. I can get to my BIOS screen and to my BIOS settings sometimes. It's really frustrating since I still have an old 1GB stick of corsair that I can put into the machine to boot it up fine if not extremely slow.

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July 3, 2014 1:31:24 PM

swifty_morgan said:
shut down. reset cmos........... or remove and replace battery .............. do this with one ram stick in the first slot next to the cpu.

see if it boots. if not try the same stick in another slot. see if it boots. if not try another stick.... same deal............

I think your board is shot right now.

by the way.......... no stickers on the ram with any information on them?


I will try this, but I'm sure the board isn't shot since I have an old 1GB stick that I can use to fully boot the system.

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July 3, 2014 1:46:13 PM

does that 1 stick work in all slots?

should I ask......... what is the density of the new ram?
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July 3, 2014 1:48:16 PM

SasafrasJones said:
coastie65 said:
Okay. You are running two 2gb sticks, is that right? When you said you tried them on their own, does that mean you tried them one at at a time? If not then try them one at a time. I will say this, the only time I tried to run PNY memory, it didn't go well. Took it back and got something else.


Yes I tried them together and then one at a time. I can get to my BIOS screen and to my BIOS settings sometimes. It's really frustrating since I still have an old 1GB stick of corsair that I can put into the machine to boot it up fine if not extremely slow.



Okay. I would say you got some bad ram. As I said, my experience with PNY was good either. See if you can swap it for this: http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-PC2-6400-240-Pin-Desktop-... Better RAM and cheaper too.
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