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Gigabye x58-UD3R not seeing DIMMs

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I have an i7 950 and a Gigabyte x58A-UD3R Motherboard.

Everything worked fine, even after I had my water cooling loop in. Finally I decided I wanted to go back to air cooling and once I did, I got a DRAM failure during POST and it rebooted. After testing all the dimms, I found the two center ones are blown. I've looked at the cpu and the motherboard socket and see no visible damage, so I'm trying to figure out how I can test to see whether the motherboard is dying or the IMC is dying.

Any suggestions? I can have another x58 board from ebay for about $150 so I'd like to go that route if I can find a way to confirm that the board is, in fact, the culprit.

Thanks.
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Remove ALL of the pci cards, the ram modules and the mouse (yes, the mouse as well) and bare-boot the board. (If you are using a separate graphics card then unplug that too for the moment). If you have a speaker connected to the board then when you try and boot you will hear a long series of continuous beeps , which means that the board is trying to tell you that you have no ram installed. This is good because it means that the board's BIOS chip and the CPU are working just fine at this point.

If you get past this point then switch off and plug the ram back in, and then try a re-boot. If you have more than one module then switch off and try each one separately before booting. If the problem is the ram then this will soon show up. If you get to this point then you should hear a different set of beeps (usually one long and three short). This means the board is looking for a graphics card.

Now switch off, plug in the graphics card (if it is off-board) and try booting again. If you get a hang-up this time then you have a graphics card problem. If all is ok at this point then you can turn off the pc, replace each pci card one-by-one and try booting every time you plug one in. If the problem is with one of the cards then this will soon show up. I suspect you may fall over at one of the first two options, which means either board or CPU.
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Should I undo the optical bay as well as the hard drives/SSDs?
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Originally Posted by Callist0 View Post

Should I undo the optical bay as well as the hard drives/SSDs?

I don't think you should have to .Just any cards and ram
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