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Old 12-10-2009, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Odd problem adding new memory to PC

I recently attempted to upgrade one of my pcs by adding two 1G sticks. I get the black screen of death on startup, even the mobo bios doesn't appear on the monitor.

When I remove the sticks everything is fine.

This is odd to me because I have added memory on many other computers and it has never been a big deal.

I'm guessing this happened because of my op system? I have Vista Business edition student version. Is this some security feature in vista?

My op system is only 32 bit, so I can only use 3G, tried to install 4G but didn't think that would be a problem.

I'm using exactly the same memory as before, Corsiar dominator pc2-8500 c5.

If these sticks are bad, could they cause the black screen of death on startup?


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Old 12-10-2009, 03:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of computer are you trying to install the ram in? Did you build it yourself or is it a prebuilt? What brand is the prebuilt?

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Odd problem adding new memory to PC

even if you have a 32-bit os, putting 4 or more gigs of ram isnt supposed to give you a problem. windows will just not recognize all the ram, you shouldnt get any errors.

try one stick at a time to see if one stick might be bad.
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Odd problem adding new memory to PC

I built this computer about 3 years ago. It has an Asus mobo and a wolfdale dual processor.

asus p5k-e/wifi mobo

e8400 wolfdale dual core

I've had boot problems with this computer once before, no startup, just the black screen of death. But flashing the bios fixed that. I figured it had been corrupted by a virus. That was 1 year ago.
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Old 12-10-2009, 07:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would also check Asus's website for any advisory about the bios having a problem with certain brands or that amount of memory and see if there is a flash for it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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One of the sticks is bad. It causes another computer to fail at bootup as well.

I guess it wasn't so tricky after all.

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