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Computer won't boot past BIOS, could RAM be the culprit?

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April 12, 2012 5:23:15 AM

I decided to upgrade my PC recently piece by piece. I know a lot of people don't advise doing it this way, but I already know what I want, it's just a matter of getting the money to get it. Anway, this is what I have right now:

Fractal R3 Define Mid Case (Just purchased) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS M5A97 (Just purchased) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3-10666 RAM (Just purchased) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Okia 650W PSU
NVIDIA 9800GT
Western Digital 320GB HDD

The MOBO and RAM just came in the mail today,so I figured I'd move everything over to the new case. I had everything plugged in and ready to go, so I assumed everything would be fine. Not the case. As soon as I hit the power button, the red light next to the RAM turned on. It booted to the BIOS, but only 4 gigs were registering. Upon leaving the BIOS, a blue screen popped up and the computer reset. I tried messing around with some things in the BIOS. Upping the timings to 9-9-9-24, manually setting the voltage and whatnot but nothing worked. Tried using the MemOK! feature, and although it said it worked, it just booted to the BIOS, showed 4 gigs of memory and went to blue screen again before restarting. The RAM is under the ASUS QVL, so IDK what the problem is. Also, I tried the RAM in every slot imaginable. The two blue slots, two black slots, one black, one blue, wouldn't work. I tried putting one stick in, BIOS wouldn't even fire up.

Not sure what to do here. Any help is appreciated.
April 12, 2012 5:27:37 AM

You will need to reinstall Windows on your HDD for it to boot properly, that's problem #1. Problem #2 is that you've probably got some bad RAM. Try each stick one at a time and see if it boots in some permutation of that.
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April 12, 2012 5:35:16 AM

Will reinstalling Windows format my hard drive? I haven't transferred my data and it would be an inconvenience, so that's why I ask.

I tried using one stick at a time in every slot, couldn't even get the BIOS to boot up every time.

Also, forgot to mention I have Vista 64 bit with a small partition for XP as well.
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April 12, 2012 5:40:23 AM

You can do a clean install without formatting which will move your stuff to a windows.old folder. Your XP partition is going to break though. You'll be able to get data off through Vista but it won't boot. Did you only check 1 stick or did you try both?
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April 12, 2012 5:50:59 AM

The RAM didn't work in any slot earlier, but oddly enough I just went and tried putting it in one at a time and both sticks work by themselves in the 3rd and 4th slots only.
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April 12, 2012 6:02:16 AM

I'll have to try and finish troubleshooting tomorrow. Have to go to work in a few hours. I'll reinstall Windows and see if that's the only problem or delve deeper and find out if the MOBO is faulty as well. Thanks for the help so far.
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April 12, 2012 6:16:44 AM

it the ram it not support by this mb..in listed under the mb qual list as ram that wont work.
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April 13, 2012 12:47:57 AM

Got it working. Had to change the hard drive in the BIOS to IDE. The computer was running slow, so I went ahead and reinstalled Windows. It still seems a little sluggish, not sure why.
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