Blank Screen after installing DDR RAM

April 28, 2010 at 12:06:37
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4
My mother board is ECS Elite Group P4VXASD2+. After I have installed my new low density 2 X 1GB PC2100 DDR ram, my computer boots up, but I am getting a blank screen. My monitor is not being detected.

I then installed my old ram back (2 X 256MB SDRAM PC133) and my monitor is detected and computer works again. --> So I believe it is not the video card issue. I am positive the new RAM I am trying to install is compatible. I have had the website from the RAM manufacture telling me it is correct, plus I have done the research.

I just don't know what seems to be the issue here.


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#1
April 28, 2010 at 12:28:14
Huummm?? Put in ram doesn't work. Put old ram it it works. Hummm???

This should be simple enough for me. There is either a problem with that ram or how bios see's the ram.

There is nothing wrong with the video card.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
April 28, 2010 at 12:56:12
Yes, but in the past I have tried to install incompatible DDR rams which resulted in the computer beeping. I have also tried using high density DDR266 PC2100 which did not work. So, the new ones I have currently are low density DDR266 PC2100.

Could it be that I have fried the DDR ram slots? Because the old rams I am installing back in the SDRAM slots are working.


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#3
April 28, 2010 at 13:14:14
You really have to look at your manual. There are major differences between the old PC133 SDRAM & newer PC2100 DDR RAM. Before you can use the new RAM, numerous jumpers have to be reconfigured on the motherboard. Hopefully you didn't damage the new RAM by overvolting the hell out of it.

If you don't have a copy of the motherboard manual, go to the ECS site & download it. Start on page 7. You'll need to adjust the jumper caps on jumpers JP1, J2A, J2B, J2C, J2D, J3A, J3B, J3C, J3D.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Do...

I understand the need to increase the RAM amount, but why would you get PC2100 (DDR266)? Does your CPU only run at 400MHz FSB? If you have a 533MHz FSB P4, you should have got PC2700 (DDR333). Even so, it's a pretty big investment for an outdated machine. I hope you got the RAM really cheap?

http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...


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#4
April 28, 2010 at 13:16:20
"I have also tried using high density DDR266 PC2100 which did not work"

If you never changed the jumpers, the RAM probably wasn't incompatible. It pays to know your hardware, or at least RTFM!


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#5
April 28, 2010 at 18:28:00
Jam,

Thank you for your help!! I adjusted the jumper caps on the motherboard and the new ram worked!

I guess I need to read the manual beforehand. =D


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