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Hey Forum,

I finally need help. My computer was starting to act slow so I started to use it less and less. Then one day, I just stopped using it for a while. But when I returned to using it, it stopped working and it had a code of 3 beeps which I believe to be something wrong with the memory ram sticks. So, I opened my case and pulled everything out because they all needed to be dusted, changed the thermal paste, and rewired the whole thing. After that, I tried to turn it on again so it still didn't work. So I got a new set of RAM sticks (same one, the ripjaws) and placed them in and pushed it in as far as it would go. But now, my computer acts funny.

Whenever I turn it on, it wouldn't display anything on the screen. After a few seconds of being on (as in the lights all came on and so did the fans and hard drives) it would shut off by itself. Then after a few more seconds, it would just turn back on by itself and boot up normally.

This really bothers me as I don't know what the problem is. When the computer boots up normally, it has one quick beep, which I thought was to be normal because it was like that before. But after reading some of the beep codes, it seemed that it is a refreshing error? I ran a memory diagnostic test and it turned up that it didn't have any problems. I also checked the bios to make sure that all the memory was detected and it was. I also check one of my last stick of memory and it turned out to be bad because it wouldn't start with it.

So, what seems to be the problem? I feel like the heatsink on the cpu was pushing my last RAM stick to the right because of the fan. Would it have bent the connectors on the motherboard? The heatsink I'm using is the hypermaster 212 with dual fans. I think one of the fans was pushing the last ram stick.

Thanks for all your help. If this is in the wrong forum area, it would be great for a mod to move it.

Thanks again!biggrin.gif:D

Here's a video to show you guys what I mean:
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I use to get this.

2 reasons why.

1: If you unplug the computer after switching it off, the capacitors drain. When the system is on, it shuts off the quickly charge the caps back up, then the system comes back on.

2: A bad value has been set in the BIOS. Commonly, the RAM timings cause this. Check your RAM timings! In fact, check everything for that matter! Voltages, timings, settings, devices, everything!
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I use to get this.
2 reasons why.
1: If you unplug the computer after switching it off, the capacitors drain. When the system is on, it shuts off the quickly charge the caps back up, then the system comes back on.
2: A bad value has been set in the BIOS. Commonly, the RAM timings cause this. Check your RAM timings! In fact, check everything for that matter! Voltages, timings, settings, devices, everything!

Was wondering, do you know the default settings for RAM timings and etc?
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Just look on the sticker on one of the sticks.
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Oh yeaa aha, forgot about that. Anyways, I checked all the values and the timings and settings and they all look default.

It seems to still continue with the weird restarts, any other ideas?

Thanks for all your help!
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Originally Posted by lunarpoc View Post

Oh yeaa aha, forgot about that. Anyways, I checked all the values and the timings and settings and they all look default.
It seems to still continue with the weird restarts, any other ideas?
Thanks for all your help!

Revert bios to completely stock settings and retest.
Motherboards use beep codes. Read your motherboard booklet. It will tell you what a single beep means.
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This is what I can suggest:
Check that you applied thermal paste correctly. Run RealTemp or CoreTemp while running Prime95 and check if temps are within spec.
Burn Ultimate Boot CD and run Memtest86+ overnight (check temps first!)
Run OCCT PSU test and see if power draw is not causing voltages to drop and system to reset. Would mean bad PSU.
In my BIOS there's a CPU power management option that say to wake up on PCI-e. I've heard that this solves double-posts somewhere. Check PCI-E power connectors on the video card.


The latest G-Skill ram in my experience is the worst made in history. I ordered 2 x 4x4 GB kits for my P9x79 pro. With one of the kits, the system would not go into sleep or recover at times. Memtest86+ would not detect problems with it. Then I RMA-d it and got a defective kit that would report errors at advertised speed/timing. Then the last kit was ok. In both cases, then the kit was bad - putting the PC to sleep and recovering a few times would tell that there's a problem.

So a good test of stabilty is to enter and exit sleep 10 times in a row. If no failures, than I'd call CPU and RAM ok unless memtest or Prime95 sees errors. Here's what I can guess from it with Windows 7 behavior:
BSOD with entering or leaving sleep. Sometimes IRQL not less or equal - bad ram usually.
Random BSOD with interrupt was not received ... More voltage to CPU.
USB ports lost (need to replug) - Could be bad ram or more juice to CPU.
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Just ckeck your booklet. It will tell you what the beep means.

Edit: Did you update to the latest BIOS?
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