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Windows 7: New hardware not working

20 Dec 2015   #1
Internet Badass

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New hardware not working

I bought some new hardware for my computer, 2x4gb ddr2 ram, a zotac nvidia gt 730, and an amd phenom 2 b59. No response from my computer at all after turning it on. No lights from keyboard or mouse and nothing on monitor. I have a sense that this issue is linked to my processor, as I bought an am3 processor and my motherboard has an am2+ Socket, but I was under the impression that am3 are backwards compatible with am2+?? Let me know what you all think.


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20 Dec 2015   #2
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Everything else was brand new but processor was used and was not shipped in static proof packaging
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20 Dec 2015   #3
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Did you really mean DDR2 thats old stock, possibly incompatible with motherboard.

Roy
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20 Dec 2015   #4
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torchwood View Post
Did you really mean DDR2 thats old stock, possibly incompatible with motherboard.

Roy
Yes I meant ddr2, motherboard is ddr2 compatible. Idk if processor has a ddr2 controller
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20 Dec 2015   #5
Internet Badass

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Do I need to do anything software wise when using am3 processor in am2+ socket?
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20 Dec 2015   #6
Internet Badass

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Just installed old processor, and computer is working. I also have am2 socket not am2+
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20 Dec 2015   #7
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

An AM3 CPU will not work in an AM2 socket. You may have caused electrical damage to your CPU.

However, an AM3 chip will work in an AM2+ socket, apparently...

From Wikipedia:
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AMD confirmed that there is an upgrade path from Socket AM2+ to AM3:
  • AM3 processors work on AM2+ motherboards due to the presence of both the DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers on the processor
  • AM2+ processors do not work on AM3 motherboards due to the processor's lack of a DDR3 memory controller
The pin configuration of the AM2+ socket (940 pins)[2] is mechanically different from the AM3 socket (941 pins)[2]
Even though Wikipedia isn't the greatest source for reliability, it seems to have a point here. I highly doubt that this is a good idea, though. The best practice is to use the correct socket for the processor. In your case, I would buy an AM3 or AM3+ motherboard before you damage that CPU.
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