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New rig won't boot with 2 x 8GB ram kit

I just started my first rig up last night. I have a MSI Z97 PC Mate and a Pentium G3258. RAM is GSkill Tridentx DDR3 1600 2x8GB. The system starts up fine with one 8GB stick in the #2 DIMM slot, but when I add the other 8GB stick to the #4 slot the system wont boot. Both sticks work in the #2 slot. It also didn't boot when I tried each stick in the #4 DIMM slot. Hoping its not a bad slot. Any ideas would be great.
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  1. try slots 1 and 3?
  2. Since you confirmed that both sticks are working, it very well may be the slots themselves. The motherboard has 4 DIMM slots right? Try switching it up: 1 stick in the 1st slot and another stick in the 3rd slot.
  3. delellod123 said:
    try slots 1 and 3?


    I tried 1 and 3 it did not boot up.
  4. pcgaming98 said:
    Since you confirmed that both sticks are working, it very well may be the slots themselves. The motherboard has 4 DIMM slots right? Try switching it up: 1 stick in the 1st slot and another stick in the 3rd slot.


    I figured it wouldn't boot up using 1 and 3 because the first two sticks are supposed to go in 2 and 4. But it didn't work.
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    hmm. may try any other combo, though you won't get dual channel. sounds like bad DIMMs possibly.

    Are you able to insert them both and get to bios? Try inserting in 1 & 3, get into bios, make sure both are clocked at 1333mhz, as the Pentium G3258 without over clocking only has a 1333 controller.
  6. try resetting CMOS too. To turn off any over clock
  7. delellod123 said:
    try resetting CMOS too. To turn off any over clock


    It won't go to bios if I have both sticks in, whether it be 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. Haven"t tried other combos yet. When I get off work I will reset CMOS and try it again. Do you know if I have to enable dual channel or is that automatic when adding 2 sticks?
  8. not sure you are correct about needing to add first 2 chips in 2 & 4. Dual channel should enable automatically, but you would check in bios or via CPUZ in operating system. Dual channel is enabled if plugged into 1 & 3 or 2 & 4. Or 1,2,3, and 4.

    I imagine resetting Bios should help. Hopefully for you.
  9. Thanks for the info every bit helps. Its killing me I can't try anything right now. I will get back later.
  10. Might try resetting the CPU, may not be in level
  11. So that could be the problem even if it boots up fine with 8gb in slot 2?
  12. Yes, if not level may not be picking up both channels, as an alternative, might just loosen the cooler then snug it back down
  13. That makes sense. I was anal about installing the cpu so I think that's fine. It definitely could be the cooler is uneven on the cpu. Thanks a lot. I have to wait to try it I'm at work. Thanks for the info much appreciated.
  14. Let me know ;)
  15. I just inspected the socket and everything looked good. I re-installed the chip and made sure I tightend the cooler down evenly. Should I reset the bios now? I did make some changes. Is Clear CMOS RAM the same as resetting bios to default?
  16. Yep, CLR CMOS sets all mobo to defaults
  17. I did all that. I tried each slot by itself. There's no boot up on slot 3 or 4. Then I tried both sticks in slots 1 and 2 and it booted up fine. Tell me you have another idea I don't want to believe those slots are bad. I don't believe I'm getting dual channel memory this way. I could be wrong but MSI specifically says to use slots 2 and 4 first.
  18. Yep, slots 3-4 are the 'B' channel ('A' is slots 1-2), sounds like it may be a bad mobo (might be the MC (memory controller) in the CPU, but my guess would be the mobo...MSI has poor QC), have you tried a BIOS update if one available?
  19. Yes I tried that. Guess I'm calling MSI Monday. Thanks everyone.
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