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Computer won't post

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February 2, 2013 6:05:18 PM


My computer was on while I was in another room. I came back in to see a blue screen up. I didn't check what it said. I turned it off. When i tried to turn it back on it started up for 5 to 10 seconds and then restarted. It then stays on but doesn't post.

I have tried:
checking the connections of all the wires
unplugging all non essentials
replacing the motherboard
replacing the power supply
using only 1 stick of ram

What should I try next? I was thinking maybe a new video card? Any thoughts on the problem would be helpful.

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February 2, 2013 6:22:34 PM

Try resetting the CMOS. Some of the newer motherboards have a button for this; Some will still have jumpers.
February 2, 2013 8:02:36 PM

Thanks for the reply. I'm going to come clean, I tried resetting the CMOS and it still didn't work. Then i went through the troubleshoot checklist here:

With one stick of ram in the system now starts up. I tried it before but I must have not seated the ram properly or something when I was testing each stick. I guess it's just a lesson to really put the effort into the troubleshoot guide. I could have saved myself a lot of headaches.
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February 2, 2013 8:17:42 PM

Alright, I guess I celebrated too early. Both sticks of ram work but only in the DIMM_B side (the one closer to the front of the case.) It'll start up with 1 stick of either ram in either slot or both sticks in the b side, but if I stick either stick in the DIMM_A side it won't boot. Any ideas?
February 2, 2013 9:06:39 PM

Not sure, do you know what your motherboard make and model is?
Are both sticks of ram exactly the same?