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One short "beep" and won't load unless only 1 ram stick (moved from Windows 8)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by TechHeathen, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. TechHeathen

    TechHeathen Thread Starter

    Sep 6, 2019
    Hello everyone, new here. Hoping to figure out what's going on with my computer.

    I have a Dell Alienware Aurora R4

    it's been working beautifully since I got it, refurbished from a LAN center last year

    Last weekend it randomly restarted while being used, gave a single short "blip" of a beep, and then refused to boot.

    I checked google which said it was probably a ram problem, so I went out and bought 4 brand new sticks of 8g RAM, DDR3 like the device likes, pretty red heat sinks, all the fun stuff.

    Came home, replaced my old RAM sticks with the new ones, and woohoo, loaded up Beautifully, and I'm happily running my games and art programs, speeding along no problem.

    And then last night, it does it again. Blip! Reboot. I play around with the RAM a bit and eventually find that if I only have 1 RAM stick in, in Slot 1 of course, that the computer loads and functions, but slowly since it only has 8g RAM instead of the 32 it's used to.

    But if I add any additional RAM sticks, you guessed it - Blip! And refusal to load.

    Could this be a motherboard issue? What do you think? Thanks!
  2. SeanLaurence


    Sep 6, 2019
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    It sure sounds like a motherboard issue. You may want to try testing the system with another power supply just in case it is a power issue, but my money is on the MB.
  3. lunarlander


    Sep 21, 2007
    Probably one ram slot is dead. Try others.
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