I recently purchased an Asrock 890GX Pro3 mobo because my older one was cracked in shipping (lesson learned...never ship something fragile via USPS, regardless of insurance). I connected everything, then tried to start it, but I got no post. Instead, I got error code 54, which, according to my manual, means "unspecified memory initialization error".
This sounds pretty ambiguous, and I'm really bummed because I've been working on my build for the past 4 weeks trying to get it working again. I imagine there has to be some issue with the memory, and I saw in some forum that my board doesn't support ECC memory, but I don't think mine is ECC. I have 2 sticks of 2GB Patriot memory at 1600MHz...here's the model: Patriot PDC34G1600LLK
If anyone knows what's up, I'll be deeply grateful. I'll buy another few gigs of RAM if I have to, but I've put so much money into this thing that it just kills me to have it sitting uselessly around.
Try running it with one stick of memory to see if it posts. If not, switch sticks. If that fails and you have access to another computer, you can download and burn an ISO of Memtest 86 to test your memory.
wait a minute, im hella confused, if it wont post then he cant run memtest since the pc isnt actually starting up right? you mean post as in the preliminary diagnostic test that the mobo does automatically, then sometimes you hear a little beep saying its okay... right?
Yes, you're right. No beep, no initial post, no nothing. I think Michael and I had a misunderstanding. I'm not sure why, but my RAM isn't listed as supported on the model page for my Asrock motherboard ( http://www.asrock.com/mb/memory.asp?Model=890GX%20Pro3 ), so I'm just gonna buy 4 gigs of ram from Corsair or G.Skill that's compatible, unless I learn that there's some other way to get this working...
Yes, I was using an MSI 790FX-GD70, but that's what broke. Now I'm using the Asrock. I just ordered 4 gigs of G.Skill RAM from the list of accepted memory from Asrock, so I think I'm set...it should come in today, and I'll hopefully have my desktop up and running again this weekend. I'll let ya know what happens.