Computer turns on but no display

January 19, 2012 at 06:56:18
Specs: Windows XP, 1GB ram DDR2
So this is what happened, my brother inserted the RAM into the slot the wrong way, when we booted up the computer everything sounded normal, there were no beeps but we had no display showing on the monitor. So we turned off the PC and removed the RAM and inserted it back in the right way, now when we boot the PC up we get continuous beeps that never stop beeping unless we turn the computer back off.

We only have this 1 RAM for this PC and yes it was working with this PC before. Also the monitor is working fine.

We have tried resetting CMOS, graphics card etc but that didn't seem to indicate anything was wrong so we guess our problem lays with the RAM itself?

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January 19, 2012 at 07:21:08
Have you took the ram out then turn the comp on? then turn it off and put the ram back in then turn on.

Make sure you unplug the power cable from the back of the comp each time you do it.

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January 19, 2012 at 07:29:45
Yes I have tried that, when I remove the RAM the beep remains the same and if I reinsert the RAM in again the same beep still persists!. My idiot brother tried putting the RAM back in the wrong way to see if it wouldn't beep and it didnt!

This is beyond weird because now when he puts the memory back in the wrong way, we get no beeps and still no display, why is this??

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January 19, 2012 at 07:51:53
The memory & memory slot are notched so that it's almost impossible to insert the RAM incorrectly. If the RAM is inserted backwards, it will NOT lock in place properly because the notches won't line up. And if you attempt to boot with the RAM installed backwards, the voltage will travel in a way it wasn't intended. Chances are good that you fried the RAM. Hopefully you didn't fry the RAM slot too. But if you keep trying to boot with the RAM installed backwards, you''re going to end up doing even more damage.

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January 19, 2012 at 08:02:03
Thanks for the comment, yeah he did insert it the wrong way and some how managed to lock it into place(its a ddr2)!, what I dont understand is why the PC doesnt beep when the RAM is placed in the wrong way, but when it is it does beep!

If I have to buy a new RAM im okay with that, I just want to know why its acting strange

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