is it possible then that the computer was usable with no ram ?
because we've had this computer since 2007 and it never had ram or a gpu installed until recently and it has always worked fine
only recently installed the ram and gpu into it how might i go about finding the correct motherboard if that is incorrect
Here a suggestion.
Remove the side cover and physically remove the memory sticks that are installed in the 2 slots (based on the link you posted) and then power up the computer and you will find your answer as to any integrated motherboard memory.
I believe what you are confused with is the integrated onboard graphics adapter uses / shares some of the system memory.
Based on the links you posted in post # 1 it appears to have 2 slots for system memory sticks which is shared by integrated motherboard graphics adapter and without any memory installed your computer will not post or boot and will only beep.
Remove the side cover and physically take a look at the motherboard and somewhere there will be several sets of numbers and one of those sets of numbers should be the motherboard model number,
Yeah, that's the thing that got me curious to make this thread as I was trying to remove the ram sticks a few days ago attempting to achieve a different goal, I was greeted with constant beeps on startup which with a little google searching tells me what you're telling me the computer has no ram so therefore it cannot start or it has junk ram that's no longer good
However, I did not try removing the gpu and the ram together and turning it on, the thing that gets me is I turned this computer on without ram and without a gpu inserted and it ran just fine......it doesn't make any sense
I will open the case and try to find the motherboard model number as you have suggested
Edited by Sacrifice, 02 July 2018 - 08:36 PM.