Originally Posted by imagine2112x
how do i configure memory manually? i see no bios screen on my monitor, do i need to install that myself?
should i see a bios screen if there is no ram at all?
BIOS is already installed on every motherboard. You just need to access yours.
This is how I'd check for memory issues:
1. Power down and plug only 1 stick of memory.
This is so that your system can POST.
2. Reset CMOS.
If you can't find the jumper on the board, refer to the motherboard manual.
3. Power up and tab on the DELETE key when the Num/Caps/Scroll Lock blinks on your keyboard.
It could be another key, but most boards use DELETE nowadays. If not sure, manual.
If no blink on keyboard, shut down and replace the stick with the second one.
4. Refer to manual on where to set manual memory settings or ask any OCN member who uses the same board. Every manufacturer/model has different configurations.
5. While in BIOS, set optical drive as primary boot device.
This is so that you can boot from a CD to run Memtest86+ to check for memory defect. Get the ISO from www.memtest.org
6. Save and reboot with the Memtest CD inserted. Test the first stick for several passes. If it's healthy, shut down, unplug the stick, plug the second one in the same slot, and rerun the test.
You want to install both sticks after you're sure that they are good.
Good luck and keep us updated.