|"even when I restart it with RAM out .. it won't beep ."|
See the part about installing the ram modules backwards in response 1.
If you DID do that
- you will see one or more damaged or missing contacts on the module that was backwards
- the ram slot the backwards module was in is ALSO damaged
- if you DID do that, follow the instructions after that about what to try that may allow the mboard to work again.
If you're SURE you didn't do that........
In that case, the ram cannot be causing your problem.
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:
If you don't see any sign of that, the most likely thing is the power supply is failing or has failed completely
Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
They often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you may get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
See response 4 in this:
If it is failing, you can usually replace it with any decent standard sized standard ATX PS with the same capacity or greater.
Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.
Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
See response 3 in this:
I no longer recommand Cooler Master, AOpen, or Sparkle power supplies.
If you can temporarily borrow a power supply from another system to try with your mboard, do that before you buy a power swupply.
A frequent mistake people are making these days is they have installed a video card their power supply hasn't got enough capacity to support.
Your power supply must have at least the minumum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD!)
You can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements.
If the power supply does not have enough capacity, the video card often works fine at first anyway, but the PS is overloaded 100% of the time the computer is running and the PS is damaged and will eventually fail completely.