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Solved RAM slot bad on motherboard?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by metallica5456, Oct 24, 2019.

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  1. metallica5456

    metallica5456 Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    hey guys bro has a gigabyte H61-M-USB3-B3 mobo.

    We have ran into a bit of an issue that I have never had be a hard fix. Seems like all of a sudden the 2nd ram slot is inoperable. With either ram chip in the DIMM 2 slot the system will boot, but with both slots full the system powers on , no picture, fans spin....then dead. Cycle repeats.

    We have tried resetting BIOs back to factory setting as well.

    I’m not sure how to move forward...any help?

    We did find some dust in one of the slot but we cannot remember weather it was the 1 or 2 slot.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    It certainly could be a failing motherboard given the age however since the memory controller is part of the processor, I would do a simple test.
    Put a ram chip in whatever slot will allow the system to complete POST and boot. With all settings at stock, run prime95 and see if you have a problem with one core [you will see pretty quick if prime95 shutdown one core]
    If it runs prime95 for a few min without any core shutting down, then the board is probably failing.
     
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    metallica5456 Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Crj, can you explain the reasoning behind that last post for me?
     
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    If the processor [which has the memory controller] has a problem it can cause what appear to be ram problems. Most likely the motherboard is failing however this test costs nothing and can confirm a board problem.
     
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    metallica5456 Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    What am I too look for ? I haven’t used prime in years?
     
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    How do I know if it is/isn’t failing?
     

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    All 4 of the cores passed the test. We selected the one for memory controller, was that sufficient?
     
  8. crjdriver

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    Yes, that points at a failing motherboard. Time for an upgrade; at least you get to build a new system....
     
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    Yay! But no money so where could I get a new board cheap? Any recommendations?
     
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    Boards that old are not available on Newegg. You are going to have to go to either ebay or amazon for a used board that supports your processor.
     
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