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Yeah so I was adding a Corsair H80 to my rig the other day, and since I'm working in a tiny case I had to remove the ram to fit a screwdriver in the case to attach the radiator. Anyways after all was put together I powered on my computer and it would start and then shut down right away, then start and either shut down right away again or continue working with no issues. I figured it was no big deal so I went to check my system specs and the computer was only seeing 4gb (out of 12, tri channel) I thought it was the chipset or something since I just reinstalled the OS. After all of the updates the computer only saw 4gb...still. So I decided to open up the case and check out the ram, turns out I didnt put them in all they way, like a little bit was not making contact. After taking the ram out and putting it back in again the computer started off perfectly with no sudden shut downs, and the system info now sees 12gb. Now my question is simply this; did i cause any damage to my components by not having the sticks all the way in? The system seems to be running perfectly now but im just curious. Thanks in advance.
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Since it couldn't make a full connection across all pins you shouldn't have any issues. If you want to be completely safe just run a memtest overnight on them. But I'd say in my experience no, RAM is pretty resilient.
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Nope, should be fine, very common mistake. Normally you should listen for two clicks.
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sometimes it can cause problems with either the slots or the stick itself if you happen to short something but in extreme cases.. IIRC..
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After taking the ram out and putting it back in again the computer started off perfectly with no sudden shut downs, and the system info now sees 12gb.

anyway by the looks of this you are fine and havernt damaged anything smile.gif
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Nothing bad should happen, if not all the contacts were made, then there is no current passing etc. You should be fine; as someone else has said, to be perfectly sure, run memtest86+ overnight to test. thumb.gif
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Considering they boot and work now, you should be fine. If you had damaged them by having them cross a bunch of pins by being sideways or something (I heard of a guy once forcing DDR in backwards, even though it was keyed he hammered them in there lol), they'd cease to function at the moment.
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Normally you should listen for two clicks.

Assuming each end of his RAM slots have movable tabs tongue.gif . Boards like the CHV only have one while the other side is more of a non-movable clasp.
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Assuming each end of his RAM slots have movable tabs tongue.gif . Boards like the CHV only have one while the other side is more of a non-movable clasp.

I have them on my Maximus V Formula, they click and anyways, I said normally for a reason.
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Considering they boot and work now, you should be fine. If you had damaged them by having them cross a bunch of pins by being sideways or something (I heard of a guy once forcing DDR in backwards, even though it was keyed he hammered them in there lol), they'd cease to function at the moment.
Assuming each end of his RAM slots have movable tabs tongue.gif . Boards like the CHV only have one while the other side is more of a non-movable clasp.

Yeah the Rampage III GENE has only one tab per ram slot. Thanks for the answers everyone, makes me feel a lot better.
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