| a few weeks ago i removed a strip of ddr ram from an old pc that works but i rarely use. I placed it in a new pc--both running windows xp. I began to notice that when i would click a link, or try to open a program--my pc would just shut off and reboot. Usually with no problems but sometimes it wouldn't reboot at all. My monitor light would be green and then would just just change to orange. I would get no beeps and my pc power light would stay red and my cd rom would just flash but not operate. |
A few days ago--it just shut off and would not come back up. I suspected a bad monitor--i had recently changed monitors that was given to me. I switched the monitors back and still nothing would happen. The pc would attempt to boot--sometimes i would get to the windows start up but then it would shut off. I must not have turned off the pc when i left (this is at my business) for the evening and the next day it was up and running. Another employee thought I had fixed it. It worked for about 10 minutes then shut off.
One reason i thought it was the monitor was because when I hooked up my older pc (which in the past i could do with no problems) the exact same issue occured. I tried three different monitors---i even moved the video cards from one machine to the other and had no luck---both pcs are doing the exact same thing.
In total i had 3 different sticks of ddr 512 ram. I'm not sure how important which slot is (3 in older machine, 2 slots in the newer one) but, I took the one stick of ram that had always been in the older machine and removed the two in the newer machine. Then i unplugged my cd rom drive and tried to boot up the newer machine. Well...it worked---i quickly plugged in my mouse and keyboard and backed up my important documents. Then I rebooted to see if it would come back up---IT DID. So thinking I had bad ram--and wanting 1024 in the system--i put in another stick....rebooted and back to the same old problem---NOTHING. I removed the ram i just put in and again----NOTHING.
Is it possible i've destroyed my ram? and why didn't my older pc work when it had in it the ram that seemed to work in the new machine.
I'm stumped.....and now i don't even have my back up pc anymore.
any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have three fans in the newer machine---all work. I did see in the bios that my system temp was 175f and my cpu temp was 85f. Also there were two voltage readings. the first one was 11.something and the one below it was (-)12.something.