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    Default PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    Howdy

    Turned on computer last night. Wouldn't boot. All fans and harddrive were spinning. Restarted computer and it began to beep. A beeeeep that repeated every 2 seconds or so continuously. I suspected a ram problem (I have 2 x 512 DDR ramsticks, one rated at 333 and the other at 400). I tried removing one and restarting, same problem, swapped it for the other, same problem, ie. neither ram stick seems to work :'(

    Checked on bioscentral which confirmed that a repeating beep is a memory problem (Award BIOS). I do not currently have access to another computer that I can put my ram in to test if it is defective and I certainly don't want to put any new ram in my PC until I know what might have caused 2 ram sticks to fail at the same time.

    Any ideas what might have caused this to happen? The PC was certainly going fine the night before


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    Ravage

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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    Well it could be a sign of ya motherboard dying... (or maybe the power supply is faulty). Anyway, until you check the RAM in another system with something like Memtest then you can't conclude they are bad.
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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    Continuous beep Power supply, system board, or keyboard problem

    Dead RAM doesn't usually beep, badly seated RAM does.

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    Howdy

    Well I did remove them and replace them several times. I would like to think I put them in right at least once

    I should be able to borrow my sisters PC tonight so I can try the keyboard as well as the ram in her PC to get a more definative answer.

    cheers

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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    try swaping over ram as you need i think 640 kb for boot process if the first slot of ram f**ked it will not boot
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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    sorry didnt read through ur message anyway award bios
    1 long memory error
    1 long 1 short video error
    1 long 3 short video failure
    continuous beeps memory or video valure
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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    but award relies on mobo manifactures to make there own beep codes so check your own internal codes on your mobo manual
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    also i think well pretty sure if it was a keyboard prob it would come up at boot up time as keyboard has failed or is not found
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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    it doesnt mean both sticks of ram are gone if the first line of ram is gone it wont boot up at start up as ur computer needs the first line to boot
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    Default Re: PC won't boot! Suspect faulty ram

    You missed the point. I wasn't suggesting you had the ram seated wrong. HINT: Try another PSU.

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