Found 11th Nov 2008
I recently bought a stick of RAM and a SATA hard drive from e-buyer, just tried to put them in and am having problems!! I already have 1gb of RAM in one of the slots, i put the new stick in the other slot, then connected the SATA data cable to the mobo and the power cable to the PSU, turned on and beeeeep, pause, beeeeep, pause, beeeeep, pause, beeeeeep etc etc.

So i put the new RAM into the old RAM slot and removed the old RAM, same problem, put the new RAM into the new slot, nothing in the previously used slot, same problem. Put the old RAM into the unused slot, nothing in the other one, same problem, old stick into where it has been for the past year or so, same problem. ARRRGGHHHH!!

Ok, must be the Hard drive, disconneced the hard drive, sme problem!!!

So now, my PC is exactly as it was, but won't boot!! just the beep, pause, beep cycle.

Any ideas? I'm pulling my hair out about it!!

The RAM is exactly the same one i bought a year ago, so it is the correct volt.speed etc. but tbh it would be just nice if it would boot!!!

Rep given obviously!!

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Banned

I trust you had an anti-static wrist strap on. If not, you might have fried your mobo.

So, you have put everything back to how it was previously to any changes and same problems?

are beeps long or short and long gaps in between or short?

Original Poster

I grouned myself before doing it.
Beeps are just long, no short ones inbetween, exactly the same setup as before but the same problem

where you getting the beeps before you got the hdd and mem, also have you got onboard video and pciex card fitted,

the first thing is to push all card down that sit in the pci slots and use your old mem and see if it boots,

What make & model is the PC ?

I've had this a couple of times with (i think) DELL Pc's.

It required a BIOS reset by setting the tiny jumper beside the Button Cell battery on the motherboard to Pins 1 & 2 for 30 secs then back to Pins 2 & 3.

Original Poster

Success, well sort of, managed to get it to boot exactly as it was before, i think the RAM wasn't seated properly. So now i am back to square one, as soon as i put the new stick in the other slot i get the same problem.

I have booted with the SATA hard drive connected but Windows doesn't recognise it :?:

do u still have the mobo manuel cos in there it will tell how many beeps mean which prob,mem etc.

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Mecoconuts;3434095

What make & model is the PC ? I've had this a couple of times with (i … What make & model is the PC ? I've had this a couple of times with (i think) DELL Pc's.It required a BIOS reset by setting the tiny jumper beside the Button Cell battery on the motherboard to Pins 1 & 2 for 30 secs then back to Pins 2 & 3.



It's a sancho special, one which i have had for ages but changed the pats of regularly, a bit like Triggers broom!! which is why i am so confused because i have upgraded loads of times before and there's been no other problems.

The mobo is a MSI K9VGM-V K8M890

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like everyone says if you have pci or agp graphics card check that they are properly seated.
next i would install the hard drive and connect that make sure sata is turned on the bios and make sure you have just your original gig of ram in and then try pc on,

if it boots fine then switch off and the disconnect power cable then switch the pc on to drain any remaining power and then stick the memory in and see if it boots up and then if it doesnt then can rule the memory for being the problem.

if you have more than one slot on the mothers board eg 4 slots try moving ram to differnt slots eg original 1 and 3 then try 2 and 4 or if just the two try switch the ram in the slots just to make sure.

or another one is just try booting up with original ram and if that works take it out and then try with just the new ram and then after that try them together

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windows might need sata drivers for the hard drive also have you formatted the drive in the disk management section and assigend it a drive letter as sometimes windows doesnt always do it

now you have got the unit booting is it with both stick of mem or the old one

you say that then memey is the same as the old one, but is it

Original Poster

On board graphics and sound card.

There's only 2 RAM slots, mobo only holds 2gb, have tried every combination and the old stick in the old slot is the only one that works, and even that didn't work for a while. would that suggest a defective slot? or doesn't that happen?

dont spose u live near the manchester area do u,i could pop over and take a look for u if ur close

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concentrate on the HDD first. Make sure it is set to SLAVE on the back.

Original Poster

have not had an SATA drive before, in the BIOS settings it lists

IDE channel 0 master - Old drive
IDE channel 0 Slave - DVD drive
IDE channel 1 master - none
IDE channel 1 slave - none
IDE channel 2 master - New drive
IDE channel 3 master - none

Original Poster

kysumu;3434205

dont spose u live near the manchester area do u,i could pop over and take … dont spose u live near the manchester area do u,i could pop over and take a look for u if ur close



It's a shame but i think the petrol cost would enable me to buy a new PC!!!

the slot is ok sometime the memory has to be a matching pair we had this problem with packbells unit, people had upgrades done the mem that they were fitting to was the same speed , but when we used p/b mem the unit would work fine

Original Poster

may have sorted the hard drive, it recognises it in the disk management window, have assigned it a letter and am currently formatting it. With drives in the past i have just had the one and formatted and installed windows, so never come across this problem before hopefull it works

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partner had to assign letter to his usb sata drive for his 1tb that was in his external hard drive it was seen in diskmanagement and not in the main computer and was seen in deivce mananger as well so he had to asign a letter to it and format it and then it was seen in windows in the my computer section

So have you now got both sticks of memory working together now ?

Original Poster

Nope, given up with the memory for the time being, am working on the hard drive, which i think is ok, still formatting, up to 42%

Once that's done i will try the memory again, maybe it just wasn't seated properly, as was the eason for the other not working for a while.

The sticks are exactly the same sticks, this one ebuyer.com/pro…183 just bought roughly a year apart, can't see why there's an issue!!

Banned

sounds like a duff mem stick

You could try running a BIOS update: (automated with MSI motherboards)
global.msi.com.tw/ind…260

This may or may not fix the memory issue, although it is always a good idea to run on the latest BIOS available.

You could also try going into the BIOS prior to installing the second stick of memory and loading optimized defaults. Or even better, go into the Cell Menu and confirm that the FSB Frequency and Voltages values are correct.
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