RAM Compatibility Issue

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SynAdam Posts 3 Registration date Friday June 7, 2013 Status Member Last seen June 7, 2013 - Jun 7, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Ambucias Posts 47360 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen September 1, 2021 - Jun 7, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Hi, and thanks for taking the time to read this

I've been running this computer for about 3 years now. I had Windows XP 32 bit installed. Recently I wanted to start playing a more demanding game online, and so I wanted to upgrade my RAM. Since XP has a 4gb RAM cap, I had to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit.

A friend wanted me to test his RAM out, since he was having issues and didn't know if it was his RAM or his video card. I figured the timing was pretty good since I was waiting on my RAM anyways, and I had already installed Windows 7.

Upon putting his RAM in I couldn't get to bios even. I figured it was just his RAM, but now I have the same problem with my RAM that I ordered.

I'm not sure what the specs are on my old RAM, and I can't find the package(though I can find every other hardware package from this computer) it came in.

My motherboard is:
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO

My new RAM is:
G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GSR


I already looked into it and found out that my motherboard is only compatible to 16GB of RAM. Finding this I tried 2, and even 1 stick of this new RAM, all with the same result. I put my old RAM back in and it booted up just fine.


Any help would be appreciated, as I'm at a loss at this point. Thank you for your time.

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Ambucias Posts 47360 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen September 1, 2021 11,257
Jun 7, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Greetings,

Is your motherboard built to receive memory sticks which are DDR, DDR2 or DDR3 ? Have you purchased the correct type of memory sticks ?

Regards
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SynAdam Posts 3 Registration date Friday June 7, 2013 Status Member Last seen June 7, 2013
Jun 7, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Hi,

My motherboard specs say:

4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 1800(O.C.)*/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
*AMD AM3 100 and 200 series CPU support up to DDR3 1066MHz


Sorry, I'm unsure how much of that is irrelevant information.

Thanks for the time, and response.
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Ambucias Posts 47360 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen September 1, 2021 11,257
Jun 7, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Hi,

From my experience, of your previous sticks were, for instance, DDR you should not insert any other type such as DDR 2 or 3.

The second thing to be careful about is the sticks strength; always insert the stick with the most memory into the first slot and so on.

When you said that your machine worked with the previous stick, I immediatly though that it was a stick compatibility problem or positionning.

I hope this is of some help.

Regards

P.S. Please ensure not to get any static electricity when you manipulate the RAM sticks, they may get burnt beyond repair.
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