Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Computer not working!-possible ram issue

Last response: in Memory
Share
May 13, 2012 6:32:36 AM

Parts to be discussed:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Pro OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hello,

So I recently built my own computer. For the past 3 months since I build it had been working fine. Today however I noticed that it would randomly freeze up and I would have to push down for about 10 seconds on the power button to shut it off. Since I had recently installed a few updates, I decided to do a system restore to 5 days ago. Unfortunately this resulted in me being given the option of windows repair at start up. I tried this and it would not work so I reset it once again. I thought it might be a hard drive issue so i switched to another HDD cable. Now when I try to start it, it powers up then immediately powers down only to start up again. Once it starts up the RAM LED lights up. I tried re-seating them but nothing works. I'm really afraid that my computer is fried. Can anyone please help me?

Best solution

a c 146 } Memory
May 13, 2012 8:03:25 AM

OK, i would start with BIOS.
Can u reset the BIOS?
Reset the CMOS memory the right way as is described in the motherboard manual using the clear CMOS link with the power cord unplugged.
How To Clear CMOS @ http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/tp/clearcmo...

Share
a b } Memory
May 13, 2012 9:45:44 AM

1st follow up above then try checking by another RAM
m
0
l
Related resources
May 13, 2012 2:29:21 PM

Hey guys,
I want to clear up a few things I did not specify. When I say that it turns on and then off immediately, I mean the lights and fans on the computer only. Nothing shows up on my monitor. This means I cannot access the BIOS. And by RAM LED I mean that my MOBO has an LED that lights up if something is wrong with the RAM.

I will try that CMOS method later and post my results.

m
0
l
a b } Memory
May 13, 2012 3:31:02 PM

Man if your using gpu then remove it and boot up
m
0
l
May 13, 2012 6:12:55 PM

Out of curiosity, why would the GPU be causing an issue? I'm using one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If I take it out, how can I protect it from static as I've lost the original packaging."

I've never heard of clearing the CMOS so I just wanna ask a couple things quickly. Will I have to reinstall my OS? I ask because my copy of W7PRO is OEM. Is it risky to do like flashing the BIOS?

I apologize for the questions but I just want to make sure I do this correctly. Thank you!
m
0
l
a b } Memory
May 13, 2012 6:32:58 PM

Clearing cmos doesnt need to reinstall os and same goes for bios

Gpu also cause no display problem while rig is on
m
0
l
May 14, 2012 5:10:05 AM

Update: I reset the CMOS and now the rig doesn't power up and immediately die and then power up again. It just stays powered up. However, I still have no visual input and the LED that lights up when there is an issue with the RAM is still on. I suppose next I will have to take out my GPU and see if the chip's onboard graphics will work. I don't have any spare RAM besides the two already in there so I will have to test them 1 at a time and see if either of them are the issue. Any other ideas?
m
0
l
May 14, 2012 5:11:23 AM

Additionally, I still have to push down on the power button for 10 seconds to get it to turn off.
m
0
l
a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 5:15:40 AM

OK, post your specs.

CPU:
RAM: with link please.
GPU:
PSU:
HDD:
Motherboard:
And the type of your set up that u are connecting the PC and LCD.
m
0
l
May 14, 2012 5:49:08 AM

some of this is at the top but i guess i'll organize it more
CPU: i5 2500k
RAM: with link please: 2x4 GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-Corsair-_-20233186
GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155
the monitor has a vga connector so i'm using a dvi converter since the gpu is dvi

I really hope this helps!
m
0
l
a b } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:44:01 AM

Have you tries without gpu ?
m
0
l
May 15, 2012 2:21:24 AM

Alright so I tried it without the GPU and it still would not work. I then tried using 1 stick of RAM at a time to ensure that it wasn't one of them being faulty. I don't have any spares so I can't test whether or not both are bad. Additionally, it is once again doing that thing where the lights and fans go on only to reset a moment later and then stay. I'm beginning to worry that this is a MOBO issue....
m
0
l
a b } Memory
May 15, 2012 1:28:35 PM

It might possible mobo is faulty
m
0
l
May 17, 2012 3:26:39 AM

Alright so update! By working around with the RAM a bit I was able to make the RAM trouble LED go away. All that happened was a few of the trouble LEDs blinked for a few seconds but then disappeared Unfortunately I was still getting no display so I moved my VGA connection to my GPU's 2nd DVI slot(im using an adapter). When I started it up again I still had no display and now the boot device LED went on. Could a faulty HDD be causing the display issue? or could it be both a GPU and HDD issue? The HDD I can check later but I already tried the GPU before to no avail. Perhaps my onboard graphics will work now that the ram issue is (hopefully) finished off. Any thoughts?
m
0
l
May 20, 2012 8:22:56 PM

Best answer selected by dercdell1.
m
0
l
!