New System doesn't boot with 2 RAM sticks

June 8, 2009 at 14:42:54
Specs: Windows XP Professional
I just bought a barebones kit from Tiger Direct. It included a "Biostar MCP6P-M2 GeForce 6150 Socket AM2 Motherboard", a "AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Socket AM2 CPU", 2 "ULTRA 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHZ", and "WD Caviar 320GB SATA-3G HD 7200/8MB/SATA-3G". I assembled the kit, and the system doesn't boot. I tried just one stick of RAM at a time, and both work. The system doesn't do anything with both sticks of RAM installed. There are just lights and fans on, no beeps or video output. How would I fix this problem? Is the motherboard just bad? Is it a jumper that needs to be changed?

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#1
June 8, 2009 at 15:26:47
I don't know why TigerD would include DDR2-667..it should be DDR2-800. That's not what's causing the problem but IMO, it sure is stupid.

Are you entering the BIOS & manually inputting the memory settings? What power supply do you have? List the make/model/wattage & amperage specs.


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#2
June 8, 2009 at 18:44:14
No, I haven't gone into the bios to manually enter settings. I had looked in the bios for it once I had gotten the system to at least display something on the monitor. That was with only the one stick of RAM. I didn't see anything in there that would help.

The power supply is an Allied ATX 300W Switching Power Supply (model #: SL-8320BTX).


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#3
June 8, 2009 at 19:30:09
"The power supply is an Allied ATX 300W Switching Power Supply (model #: SL-8320BTX)"

There's a huge part of your problem...weak, low end, piece of sheit power supply. It doesn't have enough amperage on the +12v rail(s) for a modern system.


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#4
June 8, 2009 at 21:48:13
So, what you are saying is that if I upgrade the power supply, the problem will take care of itself?

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#5
June 9, 2009 at 05:53:29
Pretty much, that's what he's saying. Get a decent PSU.

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#6
June 9, 2009 at 06:13:28
"So, what you are saying is that if I upgrade the power supply, the problem will take care of itself?"

It may, it may not. What I'm saying is exactly what I wrote...your PSU is a low end piece of crap. It's not capable of putting out the necessary amperage needed by a modern system & you're putting all your hardware at risk by using it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Other than that, you need to manually configure the BIOS memory settings, especially the RAM voltage.


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#7
June 11, 2009 at 20:02:46
I purchased and installed a 620W Liberty Eco ATX12V Power Supply Unit. The system will still not boot with both sticks of RAM installed.

I understand that I need to change the BIOS settings, however I am unsure of what to change. Any help with this?


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#8
July 11, 2009 at 10:59:25
Every motherboard they sold that day had the dual ram bug. Biostar told TD that they had this bug, and recommended them to be refurbished and fixed to be resold, but instead they bundled it with other not-so-great parts and sold it for a really low price without acknowledging that some parts may have been damaged for the consumer.

Lesson, don't buy from TD. They are the epitome of lying rats. If you haven't already read the fishy stuff that they've done, I'd recommend you do it now.


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