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RAM slots making trouble
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:16:49 PM »
Hi, Shane!

I have a Gigabyte 965P-DS3 motherboard (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2456#ov). I bought it in 2007.
About 3 years ago, I encountered the following situation: when I turned on the PC, I did not hear the beep sound as always, and BIOS was not loading; the screen was black. I pulled out the RAM (I use 3 pieces of RAM) and I managed to make my PC to start after I moved the RAMs from the main slots to the secondary slots. In fact, one of the main slots had a problem, and I thought so because when I tried to put a RAM in it, the PC went again like I wrote above.
And I could use my PC another 3 years, until today...
Well, the signs appeard for 2 days. When I introduced a michrophone jack, the PC froze. If I moved the desk the PC froze and could not start it only if I pulled out the RAMs and then put them back (my desk has wheels so I can move it anywhere in my room)

I managed now to make it start by rearanging the RAMs. So now I am using only 2 RAMs: one piece is in a main slot, and the other is in a secondary slot, but none of them are in the main slot that I diagnosed as defect. If I put them in the other 2 slots, the PC wont start. The PC does not make a sound if I put the RAMs in the other 2 slots. But if I pull out all the RAMs (so the RAM slots are empty)the PC beeps.

My question(s) is: what is really going on or how can I find the problem? Can we test it somehow?
Is my motherboard dieing? Are the RAMs the problem?

Thank you in advance, Shane.

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 01:04:02 PM »
To be honest it could be a number of things.

Bad motherboard, or dieing motherboard.
Bad memory.
Failing power supply.
Bad bios, perhaps see if a bios update?

But honestly it sounds like the motherboard. And here is why.

If it was bad memory you would get the beep error code. To make the beep error code you need to have a good cpu and a good motherboard. But when you put the memory in the main slot no beeps. The motherboard should be giving one, unless it was failing due to a bad slot. And if the motherboard does have a bad slot, it is a bad motherboard.

I just replaced a motherboard where every onboard usb was dead, yet the system still booted fine.

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2012, 01:25:45 PM »
I was afraid about the possibilities you wrote...
I want to update BIOS, but I do not know how. Is it difficult? Where do I have to start?

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2012, 01:32:16 PM »
They should have instructions on how to safely update :wink:

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=2456#bios

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 03:27:07 PM »
Well, they did not create a Read me file. I did not find any Help so I searched over the Internet and found a video tutorial and followed it.
I backed up my Bios F10 version and updated it to F14.

Still, I am wondering now which motherboard should I buy. Can you recommend one similar to the one I had or a better one? Should I write you the processor details?

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 04:20:28 PM »
Your not going to find a board that will take that old CPU.

Your looking at building a new machine bud. :wink:

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 08:26:21 AM »
That was sad news, but I have to do it, so I am asking you to tell me your opinion about this configuration:
Gigabyte H61M-DS2, socket 1155
Procesor IntelŸ CeleronŸ G530, 2400MHz, 2MB, socket 1155, Box
Kit Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB), DDR3, 1333MHz

I have to mention that I only use it for Internet, movies and webdesign. No games, no anything else.

Thank you.

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 10:50:47 AM »
Thank you, Shane!

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 09:07:04 AM »
This post can be locked, Shane.

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2012, 09:24:44 AM »
Locking thread :-)

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Re: RAM slots making trouble
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