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I just POSTed a new build (my first!). It went well, but I heard a single, short beep. http://www.bioscentral.com/beepcodes/amibeep.htm#
The memory in this machine is not on the motherboard's QVL. I've read differing opinions regarding the likelihood of untested RAM being incompatible with a motherboard. I'm wondering how to proceed. Here are the specifics on my hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS P5Q SE2
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5Q_SE2/#specifications

Memory: OCZ DDR2 PC2-8500 1066 MHz Gold Edition 2 x 2GB
http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-ddr2-pc2-8500-gold-edition-4gb-dual-channel-eol.html

Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9400
http://ark.intel.com/products/35365/Intel-Core2-Quad-Processor-Q9400-6M-Cache-2_66-GHz-1333-MHz-FSB

Should I fight the good fight (if there's one to be fought here), or should I throw in the towel? Does one beep indicate a fatal flaw for this mobo/RAM combination? ("DRAM refresh failure. The programmable interrupt timer or programmable interrupt controller has probably failed.") Are there settings in the BIOS that could be changed to fix this? Is the problem necessarily with the RAM, or could the motherboard be flawed? Are there any diagnostic utilities that would be of some help in distinguishing where the problem lies? I don't want to buy replacement RAM if the mobo is at fault. Should I "bull" ahead and try to install the OS and see what happens?

Thanks for any assistance that you can offer.
post #2 of 4
BIOS update will probably get you the compatibility.
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It's normal for a mobo with an AMI BIOS to give one beep at boot. Is it possible that your graphics card isn't seated all the way down in the PCI-E slot? You may want to try another graphics card, even an ancient PCI model, just to see if the computer is basically working.

Has that OCZ memory ever worked? What if you try only one module at a time, in each DIMM slot?

I had to go through 3 pairs of 2x1GB OCZ Gold before getting a pair where both modules worked, and each time I went back to the store, somebody else was also returning this memory. Also it was rated 4-5-5-15 on the label, but CPU-Z said it was 5-5-5-15, and it couldn't run as fast as my Crucial 6-6-6-18. OCZ is no longer shipping replacement memory but instead is paying for it. Unfortunately they're known for lowballing customers, but people have reported getting much higher prices if they haggle.
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It is completely normal to have one beep at boot with AMI BIOS. My Pentium IV, back from 2000 lasted 8 years, it would always give one beep at boot. When I had several beeps there was something to check.
I don't hear any beeps now but I guess it's because now we're UEFI BIOS. Frankly I wouldn't worry about one beep, I would worry more about no beep at all.

Now, sometimes there are some memory incompatibilities or so I heard, it never hppened to me... But apparently it happens indeed. If this is the case then it's your memory.

You said It POST? Does it recognize the motherboard, CPU IDE ports and the RAM, ys or no? If yes just install your OS and don't worry about one beep.
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