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Installed new ram. Computer won't start. Keeps restarting itself.

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User Info: bubbub01

bubbub01
3 weeks ago#1
I get a blank screen and the computer just continues to restart itself automatically.

I upgraded my ram from 10 gb (two 4gb and one 2gb stick) to 16gb. It's ddr3 and 1600mhz

This is my motherboard: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Z97C/

Any idea what the problem could be? Is the ram bad? I haven't tried putting my other ram in either.

Also, I put the Ram in the second and fourth slot instead of the first and third because my cpu cooler was in the way. Does that make any difference?

User Info: arleas

arleas
3 weeks ago#2
It might.... Depending on the motherboard it might have to have something in the 1st slot.

If your cooler is in the way you should have maybe bought some low profile RAM... I've got the same problem (CPU cooler gets in the way) but I made sure to get low-profile RAM and it just nicely fits underneath everything.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A14ZTWE/

That's what I'm using... except I've got 4 sticks of 8GB now (I started with 2 sticks of 8GB)
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User Info: godplaysSNES

godplaysSNES
3 weeks ago#3
Restore the BIOS settings to default or force the lowest speeds for maximum compatibility.
Try each stick separately in the different slots.

It usually doesn't matter which RAM slots you use (certain motherboards might differ) other than affecting performance if you have them in differently colored slots.

You might have to update the BIOS, RAM compatibility fixes are common
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User Info: PhilOnDez

PhilOnDez
3 weeks ago#4
To clarify, did you go from your 2x4gb+2gb to all new/matched 4x4gb or 2x8gb? Or did you keep your old 2x4gb and add a second unmatched 2x4gb? Based on your mention of some slots being unavailable due to cooler clearance I'm assuming you went with 2x8

I went from 1x8gb and tried to add 2x4gb to it and ended up with lots of blue screens. Both the 8gb stick and the pair of 4gb sticks work fine on their own but they just don't work together at all even when I play with the timings so that they match

The easiest test would be to just go a stick at a time and see if anything runs into trouble on its own. I use memtest32. It's also possible they're just not pressed in all the way. I've seen that happen on more than one occasion
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User Info: bubbub01

bubbub01
3 weeks ago#5
I'm an idiot. I'm always so damn scared about putting s*** into my computer because I think I'm gonna break something. Needed to push the ram down slightly further and push the little clip on the side up to lock it. That fixed it.
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