New Motherboard, Wont Start

February 23, 2009 at 14:24:29
Specs: Windows XP SP3

So i recently built a new rig from scratch... This is what i have:

GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core

SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


So i put it all together, installed xp, and it kept throwing errors...

i ran memtest, and it seemed one of the sticks of ram was bad... i rma'd the ram, got the new one in and still errors...

we tested the sticks one by one, as well as other sticks(not sure what kind, these worked perfect on my friends computer) and the problem seemed to be that it couldnt run dual channel memory, but seemed fine when only running 1 stick of ram...

next i ordered a new mother board:

ASUS P5QL PRO LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard

and swapped it over and now nothing will start. the led on the mobo turns on when the power supply is on... when i press the power button, nothing happens except the fan attempting to turn on but never does.

so my question is is going on? lol my ideas are either a doa mobo or a faulty psu.

if anyone has any ideas (ie: incorrect jumpers[left them stock] or anything) plz let me know and thanks in advance

im tearing my hair out for this
/sigh


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#1
February 23, 2009 at 15:07:36

oh and i have the system running stable atm with 1 stick of the rma'd ram and the gigabyte mobo. with 2 it throws errors

after i tried installing the new mobo and it didnt start, i swapped back to the lod mobo and worked perfectly


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#2
February 23, 2009 at 15:55:01

"we tested the sticks one by one, as well as other sticks(not sure what kind, these worked perfect on my friends computer) and the problem seemed to be that it couldnt run dual channel memory"

It doesn't matter if they worked in your friend's computer...they need to work in YOUR computer. And there is no such thing as dual channel memory. Dual channel is a function of the motherboard, not the RAM. What you bought is a "Dual Channel Kit" which is basically a matched pair that is guaranteed to run in dual channel mode in boards that support it.

Are you sure you're installing the RAM in the correct slots to enable dual channel mode? You should have one stick in DDR2_1 & the other in DDR2_3. Did you manually configure the memory settings in the BIOS? Make sure the timings & especially the voltage are setup according to the manufacturer's specs...do NOT rely on "by SPD".

BTW, why did you get DDR2-1066? Try underclocking it to DDR2-533 to match the CPU.


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#3
February 24, 2009 at 02:44:36

the reason i tested it in my friends computer
was to see if the ram was functional... but
anyways i did some messing around and its
running fine now.

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