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post #11 of 20
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Ok, so:

I used this guide from ASUS to help my problem:

http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?...Language=en-us

Putting 1 stick of memory into the B1 slot caused it to boot perfectly! I had to load default settings which was probably due to my many CMOS resets. However, when I put another stick in the corrosponding slot (IE B1 and B2) no POST. Take the second stick out, POST. I don't have time to test each stick individually at the moment but I will later on. Currently, I think the one stick is in slot A2. So, is it bad DIMM slots, or bad memory?

What could this be? The PSU is good, the GPU is still good. Is one of the sticks faulty? DIMM sockets faulty? This wouldn't be the first set of OCZ to **** up on me.

This gives me hope for the other computer as it may just be a case of a new PSU.
    
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I'd say from your RAM issues you may want to check a non-OCZ set. I had an issue kind of like this way back with an Asus P5B. Using a stick of DDR2-667 got it back up and running for me, and I was able to diagnose that one of my Crucial Ballistix sticks had gone bad by trying each one in succession.
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post #13 of 20
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Yeah, that's the next step. I did try some other RAM in A1 before getting this far and got no joy, but I have no idea if that stick was working or not.

I'm going to grab memtest86 and run that, too. How many cycles is considered good?

At least this is ONE of the rigs back on it's feet (in a fashion) =D
    
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Yeah, that's the next step. I did try some other RAM in A1 before getting this far and got no joy, but I have no idea if that stick was working or not.

I'm going to grab memtest86 and run that, too. How many cycles is considered good?

At least this is ONE of the rigs back on it's feet (in a fashion) =D
Quite honestly, I would memtest the remaining working stick and throw out the other two. From how you isolated the problem, the culprit is definitely the other two sticks. Save yourself some hair and buy 4GB of memory. It's pretty cheap right now.

I would go about 4-6 passes. 1 pass is not enough.

To test if it is bad DIMM slots (I doubt this is the case) simply throw in the working memory stick into the other 4 slots and if you post, the problem is most likely the memory sticks and not the slots.
Edited by youra6 - 12/27/10 at 9:02am
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post #15 of 20
I remember having to downclock my RAM on an Asus motherboard because the board wouldn't work with certain types. It would either not POST, or blue screen. Once downclocked though it worked fine.

Probably not related, but silly Asus RAM problems.
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Quite honestly, I would memtest the remaining working stick and throw out the other two. From how you isolated the problem, the culprit is definitely the other two sticks. Save yourself some hair and buy 4GB of memory. It's pretty cheap right now.

I would go about 4-6 passes. 1 pass is not enough.

To test if it is bad DIMM slots (I doubt this is the case) simply throw in the working memory stick into the other 4 slots and if you post, the problem is most likely the memory sticks and not the slots.
Please read the rest of the thread

I'm currently testing one stick of RAM, after that I'll test the other stick of RAM. They are a 4GB kit (2x2GB) of OCZ Gold. When one stick is in DIMM A1, no POST, same stick in B1 or A2, POST.

Also, 4GB of DDR2 is not cheap right now

Here's the system specs because I failed to post them initially:

Asus P5Q
Intel Q8200
4GB OCZ Gold 800MHz
Antec Earthwatts PSU

The other system is:

Asus Striker II Formula
Intel Q9450
4GB OCZ SLI Ready 1066MHz
OCZ StealthXStream 600W

I haven't gotten anywhere near testing that rig, though, as I was trying to get the family computer back up as I thought I'd broken it (no idea how because I've been building PC's for a decade, but you know how it is when you break something and get paranoid!)
    
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post #17 of 20
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DIMM slots B1 and A1 work perfectly and will accept both sticks of RAM (in single channel mode) but the other two will not accept them nor boot/POST.

Hmm. So, DIMM's definately buggered?

Oh and both sticks of RAM passed memtest twice.


CPU | B2 | A2 | B1 | A1 |

Like so. So the two slots nearest the CPU will not POST.
Edited by Viridian - 12/27/10 at 11:22am
    
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post #18 of 20
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Tried various RAM sticks, all work ok except for those two sockets. Hmm.

Damnit. I spend all my time in help threads helping people out, never get repped for it, never complain and threads about a school having 760's is more popular? Damn.
Edited by Viridian - 12/27/10 at 1:47pm
    
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post #19 of 20
I have a P5Q as well, but the manual isn't to hand so I can't remember if the mobo *REQUIRES* that memory be in certain sockets to boot.
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I had it in slots 1 & 3 with dual channel enabled beofre it decided to have a fit
    
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