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Windows 7: PC Tower suddently died...! Do you think this is my best approach:

22 Jan 2013   #1
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
PC Tower suddently died...! Do you think this is my best approach:

My PC kept giving me errors on boot about a memory problem but stupidly, I didnt write them down. The errors on boot only happened twice and then boom, just a black screen of nothing on boot. I do get ONE beep which I am told is good. My very strong suspicion is that the RAM modules have failed. My machine takes DIMM DDR3 RAM (4 slots) so I figure I should just buy another set of 4 which I found on ebay for like $50. Now, I did swap the RAM modules around, and tried to boot from just 2 modules but still nothing. I know its virtually impossible to offer advice with such scant information in this post but would you also think that it is a RAM issue? Worst case it isnt and I just re-sell the RAM on ebay. One beep is a good thing though from a mother board point of view right? Thanks !


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22 Jan 2013   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Can you try booting up your computer with only 1 new RAM stick? Try the new RAM stick one by one on all 4 slots to verify if the motherboard slots are working fine. Also, remove the CMOS battery once and reinsert it and then boot up your PC.
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22 Jan 2013   #3
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

thanks.... Can a pc just boot from one stick of RAM?
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22 Jan 2013   #4
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Yes it will boot up.
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22 Jan 2013   #5
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Yes it will boot up.
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22 Jan 2013   #6
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

If my CMOS battery has no charge then would that prevent the machine from booting? - I still get the beep so perhaps my CMOS battery is ok?
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22 Jan 2013   #7
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
If my CMOS battery has no charge then would that prevent the machine from booting? - I still get the beep so perhaps my CMOS battery is ok?
Yes the pc will still boot even if the battery has failed.
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22 Jan 2013   #8
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

A dead or missing CMOS battery will not prevent your machine from booting up (my computer at work doesn't even have a battery installed, as one of the terminals has broken off). It will mean, however, that if the mains is disconnected you might need to alter some BIOS settings if you are not using their defaults. The BIOS date/time will certainly need updating.
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22 Jan 2013   #9
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

I guess i just need to get the new RAM and see what happens..... Ill try and boot from each RAM module individually and report back - thanks!
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22 Jan 2013   #10
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

How common is it for RAM to fail?
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