Put ram in backwards now I need help.

Hewlett-packard / Presario v5000 (rg324ua#a...
September 25, 2009 at 19:28:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.989 GHz / 1406 MB
I received a dell dimension as a gift two weeks ago. The case was tore up so I bought a new one and finally received it. Its a long story but I tried drilling through one of the motherboard holes to screw it to the case. Chipped the motherboard the littlest bit and guess what the thing dont work now. The Dell dimension didnt come with any ram so I took a piece out of my other computer and after I broke its motherboard I put it back in my other computer backwards without realizing it. Started the computer up and smelled smoke so I immedietly unplugged it and noticed what was wrong. Now when I start it up it does the beep every 2-3 seconds non stop. I tried putting a different stick of ram in all 3 ports and it does the non stop beep no matter where the ram is. Did I break the motherboard on this one too or is there some dumb step I'm missing like taking out the battery thing. I'll try anything so please help.

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#1
September 25, 2009 at 19:32:08
sounds like you destroyed the ram and motherboard.

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#2
September 25, 2009 at 19:56:07
beeps during a boot up are normally caused by either a RAM or video card problem. The motherboard is working 'to some extent' because it is able to put out the beeps. Since you tried 3 RAM sticks, checkout the video card (if there is one).

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#3
September 25, 2009 at 21:13:27
Funny you say that. One stick of ram doesnt beep if I use it in the two other slots I didnt put it in backwards in. It seems like its booting up normal but the thing is my moniter has no picture now. The graphics card fan is running I'm not to sure whats going on but I will be hardcore pissed if the graphics card got shot due to putting in ram backwards

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#4
September 25, 2009 at 21:27:55
I believe the ram may be fine. I know at least one of this sticks are. Graphics card may be shot. I hope not. The mobo is definitely shot. I dont know if $100 is worth the repair or not. Well Im gonna go cry myself to sleep now haha.

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#5
September 25, 2009 at 21:58:03
Considering you can get several good refurbs for just a few bucks more, you're right---it isn't worth $100 to invest in your system that may or may not work afterwards...

http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?c...

http://www.pacificgeek.com/showcate...


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#6
September 25, 2009 at 22:04:30
The best way to know if video card and ram is defective take it out and try to instal them in onother pc

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#7
September 25, 2009 at 22:49:59
I installed a SDram module backwards in a ram slot once, and only once - there were data cables in the way and the lighting was not good - I was at another person's place. Like you, when I booted the computer, I immediately heard something fry, saw smoke, and smelled something like burning plastic only worse. I unplugged the computer as soon as I could.
DUH!

I can tell you that
- the ram slot the module was backwards in is fried and can never be used again.
- the ram module that was backwards is fried and can never work again - don't install it in anything - throw it away.

You will see physical damage on both the module contact edge and in the ram slot.

Unplug the computer/power supply.
Take a close look at the ram slot you had the backwards module in, using good lighting .
You will probably see what I saw - black carbon deposits, and places where the plastic had melted, possibly bridging contacts on one side of the slot, and damage to some of the metal contacts in the slot.

This worked for me but there's no guarantee it will work for you......
What I did is clean up all the black carbon deposits and scrape away all melted plastic that bridged two or more contacts in the ram slot.

When I installed good ram in the other two ram slots, plugged the AC back into the compter, and tried booting, the mboard worked fine.

If that doesn't work you have fried the mboard.
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It sounds like you're getting a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.

If you're fortunate that should go away once you've cleaned up the ram slot.


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#8
September 26, 2009 at 06:35:03
"I tried drilling through one of the motherboard holes to screw it to the case"

"Put ram in backwards"

Maybe working on PCs isn't your thing. Try finger painting instead.


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