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ASUS M5A97 Evo - Will not accept RAM

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Briefly, I have an ASUS M5A97 Evo motherboard that had no trouble accepting RAM before. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005584ZD0/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Even if I put in the Corsair XMS3 RAM on the QVL, I get the RAM test light blinking (see snippet). So I push the button and the motherboard runs through all the possible speeds - and then either shuts down or goes full on Red, indicating the RAM is a problem.

So I tried Corsair Vengeance RAM (2 X 8 GB) in the #1 and #3 RAM slots of course - same thing: Fail. But it worked before I moved the motherboard. Completely no changes.

Nothing changed on the motherboard. I simply moved it into a better HAF tower case.

Never encountered this before. Any thoughts?

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Maybe the motherboard just decided it hates you?

It might be going bad, or maybe the CPU. Does any RAM you have used with it work?
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This sounds rather odd. Have you tried your other ram slots? Perhaps resetting the BIOS?
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Have you tried 1 ram stick at a time?
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All of you have made some very good suggestions. Quite honestly, I'm a bit embarrassed that I haven't tried any of them yet. They are just good old "computer sense".

I'm a bit stubborn in that I know nothing has changed. Motherboard is new and so is the CPU and all the RAM I tried.

Logic dictates that it's highly unlikely both sets of RAM that worked before are suddenly bad. What is likely is the possibility that one of the RAM slots on the motherboard suddenly went bad (doubt it cause everything is new and worked perfectly before).

So I will reset the BIOS, though I doubt that will work. Will try anyway. Nothing to lose.

And will try the RAM - one at a time. That should tell me if one of the RAM slots suddenly went bad.

Will report back. It's been a bad day. redface.gif

Thanks guys! thumb.gif
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