Gigabyte G41M Combo Ram Problem Solution?

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April 5, 2015 at 03:19:17
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit, G skill RipjawsX 4 GB 1333Mhz
Hi everyone,

There are two G skill rams and

Both have the exact same specs. Only is a ripjawsX and other is a value ram.

A friend has the same Gigabyte combo G41M mobo as me but with core 2 quad processor while I have core 2 duo processor.

His CPU's fsb is 1333 Mhz while mine is 1066 Mhz.

Now I tried the ripjawsX ram on my mobo but it didn't work(another thread I made for that).

But my friend is using the Value ram on his mobo and it is working fine without tweaking any bios settings.

Is it because of my CPU's 1066 fsb that a 1333 Mhz ram is not working? Or

Should I try the value ram on my mobo which has the same exact specs as the ripjawsx that I tried- implying that there are other differences in ram than the specifications listed?

Please Help!
Thank You

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April 5, 2015 at 05:25:01
Are you still getting the continuous beeps? Do you have a video card installed? Make sure the video card is fully seated in it's slot. You make have knocked it loose when you switched out the RAM.

EDIT: have a look at this:

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April 5, 2015 at 06:08:03
Yes But I am quite sure it is not related to the fitting of video card and ram because 1) the pc is working fine with DDR2 ram and 2) I have tried thrice fitting the ram in place.

My best guess is that it has to do with my CPU's fsb which is 1066 and maybe that's why it is not taking a ram which is 1333 Mhz without tweaking the bios.

Also could there be a difference between the two rams I have mentioned?

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April 5, 2015 at 08:57:05
I suggest you try resetting the BIOS as follows:

- make sure the only external devices you have connected are the keyboard & monitor, nothing else
- unplug the power cord & then press/hold the case power button for at least 20 seconds
- open the case & remove the memory stick from slot DDR3_2, leave the other in slot DDR3_1 & make 100% sure it's fully seated. Press hard until you hear an audible clicking sound from each locking clip (lay the case on it's side if necessary)
- move the Clear_CMOS jumper from the normal position to the clear position, wait a few seconds, then move it back again
- plug in the power cord & attempt to boot. If it works, use the keyboard to immediately entire the BIOS & correct ALL the settings.

If the above works, shutdown & insert the 2nd memory stick, once again making 100% sure it's fully seated. Then try booting again.

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April 5, 2015 at 09:09:30
But I have only 1 ddr3 memory stick.

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April 5, 2015 at 09:12:09
If the above gets your system working again, I highly suggest you overclock the CPU frequency to match the RAM frequency rather than underclocking the RAM frequency to match the CPU frequency. To do that, try the following BIOS settings under MB Intelligent Tweaker:

- lower the CPU clock ratio from 10x to 9x
- lower the Fine CPU clock ratio from +0.5 to +0.0
- set CPU Host Clock Control to Enabled
- set CPU Host Frequency to 333MHz
- set PCI Express Frequency to 100MHz
- set (G)MCH Frequency Latch to Auto
- set System Memory Multiplier (SPD) to 2.00

Assuming the above work, the CPU will then run at 3.0GHz (a very mild overclock) @ 1333MHz FSB (333MHz freq) with the RAM also running at 1333MHz (667Mhz freq). That will give you the ideal 1:2 frequency ratio & optimal system performance.

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April 5, 2015 at 09:14:10
"But I have only 1 ddr3 memory stick"

OK, you'll only be able to run in single channel mode & performance will suffer slightly, but I guess you have no choice. Just make sure it's in the DDR3 slot closet to the CPU.

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April 5, 2015 at 09:50:24
I can certainly try that. Do I really have to reset the bios to do this?

Because I have read almost 10 instances on different forums about this same problem with this mobo and the first thing all these people did was reset the bios but to no avail.

But if resetting the bios is mandatory to overclock the CPU, then no problem I'll do that.

One other thing is that I am actually not after any substantial performance gain and I would rather have a RAM downclocked than my mobo and CPU both overclocked.
And also if we downclock the ram to 1066 Mhz, then also 1:2 ratio will be maintained.

So if you believe that downclocking ram would be easier for a novice like me, please tell me how I can do that?

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April 6, 2015 at 13:43:46
I gave you the best advice I can give. If you don't want to follow it, maybe someone else will make some suggestions you'll be willing to try.

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April 7, 2015 at 00:29:59
I didn't mean to offend you. I am sorry if I did.

I just meant to say that all these steps seem a little difficult for a novice like me.

I just thought that downclocking ram would be easier than all this and since I am not after substantial performance gain, it would be a better option.

Certainly I will follow your advice. I know nothing compared to what you know about all this stuff.

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April 8, 2015 at 03:05:07
Just a little step check,

1) With DDR2 in place, reset the bios.

2) Start the PC with DDR2 Ram, change the settings as you have stated.

3) Shut Down

4) Change the ram to DDR3.

Are these steps in the right order and correct?

Also if the PC still doesn't start with DDR3, will I still be able to start it with DDR2?

Thanks Again

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