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Removed RAM now all sticks wont work please help.

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May 14, 2012 6:33:50 PM

my rig.
Mainboard : Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3
Chipset : Intel Z68
Processor : Intel Core i7 2600K @ 3400MHz
Physical Memory : 8192MB (4 x 2048 DDR3-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Hard Disk : Western Digital WD10EADS-00L5B1 ATA Device (1000GB)
Hard Disk : Western Digital WD10EARX-00N0YB0 ATA Device (1000GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : _NEC DVD+-RW ND-3650A
Monitor Type : Acer X223W - 22 inches
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7600 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00


4 2 3 1 is how the slots are configured left to right

+ - - - works (all 4 sticks individually too)
+ + - - works
+ + + doesnt work
+ + + + doesnt work
+ - + - doesnt work
+ - - + doesnt work
- + - - works
- - + - doesnt work
- - -+ doesnt work
- + + - doesnt work
- + - + doesnt work
- - + + doesnt work
+ + + + originally worked until I removed it all
May 14, 2012 8:16:36 PM

I am pretty sure I reset the bios and its still not working. I think with this mobo you have to short the CMOS jumper to reset it. IF I did it wrong let me know. when I put a stick in 1 or 3 the computer starts everything gets power and bam it turns off 2 seconds after power on then re powers on again over and over unless i turn it off. a cylcle of power on power off without getting anywhere. everything worked fine until i pulled out all the memory. now im trying to put it all back in and it only wants to work in slot 4 and 2.
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a c 84 } Memory
May 14, 2012 8:43:20 PM

check that you dont have a bent pin on one of the slots or some dirt. check the dimms make sure all the copper pins are fine and there nothing broken off any of the dims. hopfully when you were moving the dimms you turned off the mb and ps and waited for the mb power led to turn off?? new mb keep power to them and you need to pull the power cored from the wall and let them drian before you pull parts. also see if there a bios upgrade there been a few for the x68 and z77 to make them run with more ram. also check that your ram is on the mb qal list. some ram is only qal for two slots some three and others all four.
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May 14, 2012 8:48:35 PM

when I pulled the RAM out the case had been completely unplugged for atleast a half hour before hand. Also the RAM is fine as I said previously I have plugged them all in one at a time in slots 4 and 2 and they ALL work. for some reason when I use slots 3 and 1 it doesn't work. I had this problem on another board a long time ago and putting ram in the 1st and 3rd slot worked to use all 4 again but that doesnt seem to be the case here. I reset the CMOS as well.
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May 14, 2012 8:59:51 PM

To retrieve your post reply msg ->

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Or check your email, each response send u an reminder of your thread action.
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May 14, 2012 9:13:14 PM

this is such an irritating problem. how can RAM work perfectly fine then not.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:15:51 PM

I know,

Try to look on mobo and see if there is any red light after u start the PC.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:18:28 PM

This is how u clear the CMOS on your mobo, the manual way.

You may clear the CMOS values by removing the battery:
1. Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.
2. Gently remove the battery from the battery holder and wait for one
minute. (Or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the positive
and negative terminals of the battery holder, making them short for 5
seconds.)
3. Replace the battery.
4. Plug in the power cord and restart your computer.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:19:28 PM

Or this way.

CLR_CMOS (Clearing CMOS Jumper)
Use this jumper to clear the CMOS values (e.g. date information and BIOS configurations) and reset
the CMOS values to factory defaults. To clear the CMOS values, place a jumper cap on the two pins to
temporarily short the two pins or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two pins for a few
seconds.
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May 14, 2012 9:33:03 PM

I shorted the CLR CMOS already and had to redo the bios but I still cant get RAM to work in slots 1 and 3

4 2 3 1 <--- first 2 slots work.

I have had this before with another board a long time ago has something to do with dual channel so you plug into A1 and B1 and then all 4 slots will work again but that doesnt seem to be the case here because no matter what configurations i pop these sticks in I cant get slot 3 and 1 to work.

something is amiss and I bet it is simple too.

but yeah I cleared the CMOS and still didnt work. So where do we go from here.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:35:29 PM

Are all the RAM sticks the same, 1 kit?
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May 14, 2012 9:36:09 PM

Yep and all were working fine earlier today. all came in the same 8 gig 4x2 kit.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:36:12 PM

Try to look on mobo and see if there is any red light after u start the PC.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:36:55 PM

Do u see anything on the screen when u start?
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May 14, 2012 9:38:38 PM

with a stick in slot 1 or 3 the computer boots for about 3 seconds i hear the cd rom start up etc and then the computer just turns off. THEN after a couple seconds of being off it tries to boot again it starts for 3 seconds and keeps going on a loop until i turn it off.
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May 14, 2012 9:42:15 PM

so no nothing on the screen it doesnt stay on that long.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 9:43:40 PM

Can u get in the safe mode?

Keep pressing F8 button during the BIOS start up.
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May 14, 2012 9:54:30 PM

yeah it doesnt even get that far. its like 2 seconds and off 2 seconds and off 2 seconds and off.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:02:41 PM

Can u remove the GPU and try to use the iGPU?
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May 14, 2012 10:03:31 PM

already did. thats what im using now.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:04:55 PM

And the GPU card is out?
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:06:29 PM

OK, can u go in the BIOS? I don't remember now...

And switch it to the AHCI mode?
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May 14, 2012 10:14:00 PM

I can if memory is only in slots 4 and 2.
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May 14, 2012 10:14:26 PM

that what you want me to try?
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:14:57 PM

Lets try that.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:16:33 PM

AHCI mode.

Its where is the SATA, same page.
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May 14, 2012 10:24:05 PM

Same thing the computer wont boot with memory in slots 3 or 1.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:25:33 PM

Do u have a chance to try another RAM?

What RAM is it?

Post the link....
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May 14, 2012 10:28:31 PM

and again all 4 sticks work in slots 4 or 2. just not 3 or 1. So it would be my opinion it has nothing to do with the ram itself and more to do with the board.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:31:26 PM

OK, that RAM is rated at 1.65V and 2600K needs 1.5V!

1.65V voids the warranty.

And RAM above 1333MHz voids it too.

The memory controller is very sensitive to the voltage and many CPU's malfunctioned when RAM was used.

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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:36:22 PM

If u could adjust the voltage in the BIOS to 1.5V and run it in 1333MHz
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May 14, 2012 10:41:22 PM

the bios has always down clocked to 1600 and ran it at 1.5v again i dont think this is the issue.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 10:50:30 PM

Maybe not.

But, can u try another RAM, to rule this out?
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May 14, 2012 10:59:34 PM

ill have to try and find some older sticks. again i believe this problem to be more along the lines of needing to enable dual channel. if there was a voltage or frequency issue why would any of the ram work in any of the slots? just sayin.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 11:05:34 PM

Well, the memory controller can take only so much.

Its a great CPU, and it does not like anything above 1.5V

I hope it will work fine with another RAM.

If not it could be mobo issue as well.

We need to eliminate things.
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May 14, 2012 11:09:17 PM

the system was running fine for weeks and thats when i wasnt letting it underclock and was running it at 2132 and 1.65v. I will try to find some other memory and test those slots right now and ill be back.
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a c 146 } Memory
May 14, 2012 11:11:30 PM

Cool.
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May 14, 2012 11:22:45 PM

yeah i dont have any other ram that fits these slots.
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