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December 12, 2009 7:10:43 PM

Building a new system with:
Gigabyte GA-MA785GPM-UD2H motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core processor
Corsair Dominator Dual Channel PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz (2 X 2048MB)
Ultra 600W Power Supply

Using on-board graphics until finished troubleshooting.

Powe on gives nothing on screen, just 4 long beeps. Cannot find Award documentation referring to this POST code. A couple of posts online referred to CPU fan problems. Originally had Cooler Master on CPU. This is a 3 pin cable, fan plug on mobo is 4 pin. Tried plugging in dinky 4 pin fan that came with CPU, no change. Any other notions?
December 12, 2009 9:10:03 PM

Do you have other fans connected to it? It may not just be the CPU fan connector.
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December 12, 2009 11:38:29 PM

Sounds like a RAM problem, you can always go to the MB manufacturer's web site and download a copy of the manual. Good luck with it.
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December 12, 2009 11:56:07 PM

The motherboard may be having problems with that memory - the specs say it supports only up to DDR2 1200 - not 1600 - and it might be having problems stepping it down.

First I would try running it with only one stick - often a system will work with only one stick even if settings are not right. Also check the memory and what voltages it requires for different levels - you might need to adjust it.

If you get it to boot with one stick - run CPU-Z (free tool) and see what it reports for the actual memory stats and the SPID or alternative settings for the memory.

http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

You might also run memtest (another free tool) to see what it reports - you can do this even if it does not boot. You should run this to test memory on a new build even if you have no apparent problems.

http://www.memtest.org/

Running 10 passes will give you a ood idea if their are memory problems. If it reports no errors, then you should run it overnight - for 8 hours or so - to confirm it is stable. Stable means absolutely no errors in 8 hours.

A Corsair expert (company tech rep I think) regularly haunts this forum - hopefully he will see this and add some words of wisdom. Regretably I cannot remember his name.
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December 21, 2009 1:30:54 AM

It was a memory issue, thanks to all who posted.
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