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#1 sickwidit213

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:53 AM

Hi, i recently put together a new computer, and i am having trouble getting video from a cold boot. It seems if i take the memory out and boot up without it, then shut it off and put in back in and start again... it will get it to boot up with video correctly sometimes. Im not sure on what it could be that causes it to not have video and not boot up correctly. The system gets power and everything turns on except the video it looks like.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 06:10 AM

is there any error messages or any thing that says somethings wrong you also said that if you take the ram out and such and put it back in it works you should probably do a memtest--> You might have bad RAM.

***** A. If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-....iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-....iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-....iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.

Run at least 3 passes.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 08:47 AM

Pertinent information?

Motherboard manufacturer and model?

Ram amount, manufacturer and type? How many modules?

Onboard video or installed card?

Power supply data?

Have you checked Event Viewer for errors that might provide clues?

Louis




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