RAM fried mobo !

Gigabyte Ga-890gpa-ud3h motherboard
August 20, 2010 at 16:58:47
Specs: Linux i686
so i just built my system and installed the ram. when i turned the pc on i smelt something burnt so i turned off the pc and opened the case to see if could see any busted capacitors or burn marks but nothing. but i did notice the ram was not completely pushed in the ram slot. my ram has red leds and they would not come on i switched them out and put them in the two open slots and nothing. so i bought a 1 gig stick that is compatible with my mobo and it would not post , i hooked up a speaker and i got beeps that were not listed by the bios maker. so is it possible that my ram fried my mobo's ram slots. and is it safe to try them in my replacement mobo? my mobo supports DDR3 PC3-12800. also its strange that the red leds did not come on with my second stick. and i found that the required voltage is 1.64 and my default mobo ram slot voltage is 1.50.

ram : Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ Red LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TR1337

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August 20, 2010 at 17:51:32
The only way RAM could possibly fry a motherboard would be if it was improperly installed, which is exactly what you did - "the ram was not completely pushed in the ram slot". Normally the RAM would fry though or possibly the DIMM slots.

"i hooked up a speaker and i got beeps that were not listed by the bios maker"

The fact that you're getting beeps is an indication that the board & CPU are *probably* good. It would be nice to know the make/model of your motherboard, which BIOS it uses & the exact beep code pattern.

And it would appear that you violated PC building rule #1 - ALWAYS benchtest your hardware BEFORE installing it in the case.

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August 20, 2010 at 19:12:24
Gigabyte Ga-890gpa-ud3h motherboard with award bios. i know the board is still working because of the beeps and i can charge my cell phone through the usb. i would bet my bottom dollar that either the first ram slot is dead stopping post or all the ram slots are dead.

im going to go to frys and see if they can test my three sticks. if they still work witch the crucials probably don't ill put them in my new board

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August 20, 2010 at 19:25:59
"Gigabyte Ga-890gpa-ud3h motherboard with award bios"

You didn't state what the beep code pattern is? From page 110 of your manual:

"Q: What do the beeps emitted during the POST mean?
A: The following Award BIOS beep code descriptions may help you identify possible computer problems. (For reference only.)

1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
Continuous short beeps: Power error"

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August 20, 2010 at 19:39:57
3 long beeps followed by one short beep. i got this when the slots were empty and with my 1 gig stick and with my two crucial sticks

i also got this beep code on a bare system with just the psu the cpu and the mobo on the cardboard box

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