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Hey all, wow its been quite a while but I finally built a new pc. My last one lasted me 7 years or so before the gpu died. Anyways, I put my new rig together and kept getting mobo errors before realizing it was an issue with the ram. I'm currently reusing my old set of 4 x 4G of Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 and have an issue with one of the sticks.

On my old system I had to remove the heat spreader from one of the sticks to get the CPU cooler to fit. Now it's that's same stick that gives me errors. It's a simple fix to go buy a replacement stick, but I was just wondering if anyone has ever run into something this strange?

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Could just be coincidence, or the DIMM may well have been damaged during removal of the heatspreader.

How were the heatspreaders attached? BGA solder balls are fairly fragile, and too much flexing of the PC or pulling heatspreaders attached with adhesive off can damage them fairly easily.
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Could just be coincidence, or the DIMM may well have been damaged during removal of the heatspreader.

How were the heatspreaders attached? BGA solder balls are fairly fragile, and too much flexing of the PC or pulling heatspreaders attached with adhesive off can damage them fairly easily.

iirc, just some adhesive:



I was using this stick in my old system w/o the heat spreader and it worked fine. Guess something just derped along the way.
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Are you certain it's the RAM and not the slot?
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Are you certain it's the RAM and not the slot?

I've swapped it around all four slots. Every time it's in, I can't boot tongue.gif
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I've swapped it around all four slots. Every time it's in, I can't boot tongue.gif

How hard would it be to test it in the old system?

Looks like you need new RAM in any case.
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How hard would it be to test it in the old system?

Looks like you need new RAM in any case.

Not that hard. Just need to find some time to clean out the old system. I'll probably just pick up a replacement stick if it doesn't work.

Thanks all, issue has been resolved. Was just curious if anyone has ran into anything like this before.
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Did you pry the heatsinks to remove them? Even a couple of the review sites that remove heatsinks have ripped chips from the circuit boards. Try placing clothes pins over the chips, and if the module improves at all, then the problem is a solder joint. Resist the urge to reflow the solder, but if you can't, be sure to place the modules perfectly horizontal so the components will be less likely to slide off. Also you need a heat source that's temperature controlled or else plastic will melt or burn -- don't use a regular heat gun that has just high and low settings.
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