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Upgraded Ram and My Computer Wont Boot

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April 12, 2011 4:50:24 PM

Hello,
Yesterday I tried to upgrade the ram on my computer that I put together a year and a half ago. The ram I was replacing was gaming ram (4 gig DDR3 240 pin) that had custom voltage settings and timings. The new ram was essentially the same as the old ram but made by a different manufacturer.
I unplugged the power, opened the case, removed the old ram, and inserted the new ram in the same slots. When I powered back up the computer made a constant beeping noise but didn’t boot. I immediately powered down and switched the old ram back in. When I powered back up this time, the computer wouldn’t boot up. The computer makes the initial boot noises and the fans ramp up, but then the system gets stuck in what I would describe as a restart cycle where the fans sound like they are ramping up and then ramp down continuously on a cycle of a second or two. Nothing appears on the monitor.
I tried the new ram again and I get the same restart cycle. At this point I have tried both sets of sticks in all slots in every combination I could think of. I always get the reset cycle.
Any suggestions?
a b V Motherboard
April 12, 2011 5:08:39 PM

Power down, clear the CMOS per your manual's instructions, wipe both sets of RAM with alcohol. Reboot, go into BIOS and make sure it is set to default. If that doesn't work, upgrade the BIOS.
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April 12, 2011 6:18:01 PM

Noworldorder said:
Power down, clear the CMOS per your manual's instructions, wipe both sets of RAM with alcohol. Reboot, go into BIOS and make sure it is set to default. If that doesn't work, upgrade the BIOS.


Thanks for the reply. I will give this a try when I get home.

Quick clarification: How would I upgrade the bios if I cannot turn the computer on?
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a b V Motherboard
April 12, 2011 6:23:37 PM

After you have done the above, you should be able to get into BIOS, then,
You'll need to download the BIOS onto another computer, copy it to a flash drive, or floppy, or CD - depends upon your MB instructions.
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April 13, 2011 5:26:31 PM

Unfortunately clearing the CMOS did not work. I am getting the same symptoms as before. I am thinking it is either a faulty power supply or motherboard at this point.

Anyone else have any suggestions?
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a c 717 V Motherboard
April 13, 2011 5:45:52 PM

Please provide links to 'all' the RAM used, DIMM slots used, and your MOBO.
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