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I think I fried my motherboard...

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  1. Sheaver

    Sheaver Thread Starter

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    Greetings.

    I'm not positive but I think that I might have fried my motherboard and am looking for some other input. I have a self built desktop with this motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166

    My problem started when I went to upgrade my ram about a year ago and wasn't able to get the new ram to work with the old. So I gave up. I recently tried again and in the process I changed a couple of bios settings, nothing major and when I restarted it froze at the motherboard boot screen. I restarted again and my screen stayed blank (no signal to monitor) and my fans went into turbo drive.

    here was my old ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146890
    here was my new ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227031

    does my diagnosis sound reasonable?
     
  2. Hughv

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    Your links don't work.
    If the RAM fit properly and there was no sparks/burning, it's unlikely you've damaged the board.
    Does the old RAM work?
     
  3. Sheaver

    Sheaver Thread Starter

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    Hmm not sure why my links don't work. I'll try them one more time.

    The ram did fit properly and there were no sparks. If you numbered the slots 1-4 the old ram would only work in slots 2 & 4 and the new ram only worked in slots 1 & 3.

    <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136166">Motherboard</a>
    <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146890>Old Ram</a>
    <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227031">New Ram</a>
     
  4. Hughv

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    See this comment from your first link:
    Other Thoughts: If you are having trouble with this board (things like trouble installing/loading Windows, stability, crashing while playing games, please note the following:

    For some reason, and I have called DFI and asked them about this with no answer ever given, the LANPARTY boards do not like to dual-channel memory in slots 1 and 3. If you are having troubles, try and move the memory modules to slots 2 and 4. Despite what you may read otherwhere, Corsair and Corsair ValueSelect RAM works great with these boards. Also, DO NOT install the IDE driver that is on the utilities CD. It isn't needed and causes BSODs in WinXP. One more thing; the chipset fan can get loud after time. Removing the fan and lubricating it helps keep it quiet again for months, however, I recommend this heatsink (item number: N82E16835109131) for these boards, as they will fit between the video card and just about any heatsink, even the Zalmans which can be very wide
     
  5. Sheaver

    Sheaver Thread Starter

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    Well that is certainly an interesting piece of information. But both of those sets of ram were dual channel. The fan was loud before, but as soon as it wouldn't boot it went at super speed. Part of the reason I think my problem is the motherboard is that the cmos controls and regulates the speeds of your fans. I also have 4 lights on my motherboard and all four lights are on which represent and "System Startup" problem.
     
  6. Hughv

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    The fan problem may be because the board hasn't properly booted, and the fan is never actualyy controlled.
    I had a similar problem with my ASUS board, and their tech guys told me to lower the memory speed, which solved it.
     
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