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Windows 7: Just upgraded RAM/Graphics Card

23 Aug 2011   #1
markvis14

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Just upgraded RAM/Graphics Card

Hello,

I just added 2 extra 2GB modules to my computer and an better graphics card.
However now my computer doesn't seem to boot up.

Whenever I press the on button it starts like it should but it doesn't show anything on my screen. Like if my monitor doesn't see the card.

Also note that I don't hear any error beeps.

Anyone who could help me?

Regards,
Mark

EDIT: my new graphics card is an Asus GTX450 and should work just fine.


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23 Aug 2011   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For the video card did you remember to connect it to the power supply with the 6 pin PCI-E power connector (or using an adapter that should have come with the card if the power supply doesn't have one)?

Also you listed power supply of 400W "I think", doesn't help much. Really need to know what that is and if it is even capable of running that card and everything else attached to the motherboard. If it is a good quality power supply with a decent 12 V rail(s) with sufficient amps it should be OK. If it is a no name 400W power supply with a poor 12V rail I wouldn't trust it to power a light bulb, never mind a computer.
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23 Aug 2011   #3
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

According to ASUS 400w system power is the minimum. Check that a 6 pin power cable is connected to the video card and reseat the ram just to be sure. If it still doesn't boot try only one stick of ram first. Then the other.
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23 Aug 2011   #4
markvis14

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Hi Stormy,

I forgot to update my pc specs It is an 400W for sure.
And yes the power cable is connected properly and the fan of the card is spinning fine.

Mark
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23 Aug 2011   #5
markvis14

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quick update: I just took my 2 new ram modules out and now it boots fine.
I checked my mobo specs and it should be able to handle 8GB.

What should I do assuming ram is the problem?
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23 Aug 2011   #6
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

You can run memtest86+ or since just bought them I'd just exchange them from the store or RMA depending on where you got them. You can also check your bios settings to see if there's any settings for the ram. Those are some of your options.
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23 Aug 2011   #7
markvis14

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

How would I run memtest when the system doesn't boot properly?
I will try adding the new memory modules 1 by 1 and see how that goes.

Thanks for your help.
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23 Aug 2011   #8
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Sorry, that's what I was implying. Use memtest86+ if you can troubleshoot each stick. Some people don't want to go through the whole trouble of trouble shooting RAM. Since it's clear that was the issue when removing them and booting.
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23 Aug 2011   #9
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by markvis14 View Post
How would I run memtest when the system doesn't boot properly?
I will try adding the new memory modules 1 by 1 and see how that goes.

Thanks for your help.
Before you "add" modules, trying swapping modules - take the two "good" ones out and replace them (in the same sockets) with the two new ones, then see if it boots up. Post back your findings and we'll go from there.

Regards,
GEWB
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23 Aug 2011   #10
markvis14

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Ah I understand now

I think I will just add one of the new modules now and then see if it boots up or not. Easier than memtest86+ I guess.

Thanks for your help metalmania, i'm glad it wasn't my new gfx card.

EDIT: OK, will give that a try GEWB, thanks for your input
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