[Techtalk] adventures with mad RAMS

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Fri Jan 16 04:08:53 UTC 2009


I am being foiled by mad RAMs. I have one system that has two DDR2 slots, 
dual-channel. Originally it had just one stick of RAM, and I wanted more so I 
ordered a second one the same size, specs, and brand. There is a nice label 
right on it so I had all the right numbers for matching it. When I installed 
it the system behaved as though there were no memory at all-- it powers up, 
but the keyboard does not light up and the monitor stays black.

So I removed the new RAM module, and now the old one appears to be fried. 
Power up, no  boot, no screen. I tried every possible combination of RAM 
modules and slots. I am always very careful of static and work on an 
anti-static mat.

Anyone have wise advice? Should I order two new memory modules and start 
fresh, or is this indicative of other problems? The mainboard is about a year 
old, the memory modules are Kingston KVR800D2, 1GB each. Howcome the original 
one went blooey? Why does this always happen when I have deadlines? 

The mainboard is a Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2, about a year old.

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