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#1 Andrew

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 04:15 PM

So, I bought a 1GB RAM stick last week and it arrived about an hour ago. Excitedly, I popped open my case and stuck it in my spare RAM slot.

Power on.

Nothing. Not even a beep. The fans were going, so I knew the power was working. Dread creeped into my mind. Had I possibly overlooked something when I meticulously compared the specs of the new stick with those of my existing stick and motherboard requirements? I double checked. Except for the brand, the two sticks were identical.

So, I pulled the old stick and replaced it with the new one. Success!

But wait... why wouldn't they work together?

I tried various configurations of which stick is in which slot (there are only two anyways) and what I came to realize was that for some reason, only one stick at a time worked and only in slot one. I pondered the possibility of slot 2 being defective.

Dread creeped closer and began strangling me.

Then, as if by magic, something happened. Now the computer woulnd't boot up with either stick! Hoorah! (well, actually I said a very different word from "hoorah" but I'll explain the hoorah instead.)

Fearing the worse, I set the CMOS jumper to clear, then back again. It booted! With both sticks! I had forgotten that the darned thing was overclocked and thus, the memory timings/FSB/whatevers weren't at their default levels.

After clearing the BIOS, and therefore the O/C settings, both sticks registered correctly with the MB and I heard the most beautiful sound in the world: "beep".

So, the lesson, boys and girls, is that O/Cing may frick up your attempts to upgrade. Reset it back to default first.


Ah, 2GB of RAM. What will I do with all that space?

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 05:05 PM

Isn't it nice, when it turns out to be something simple? :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 October 2007 - 07:19 PM

Yes, but only if you realize it's something simple before you do anything drastic.

I actually thought to myself that maybe I needed a custom BIOS update... hey gimme a break, I was panicking!




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