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Old 05-06-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
I could use a little help with this nagging issue I have with my computer that I built myself.

Everything has been fine for years until the PCI-E slot of my last mobo died and I replaced it with an MSI G41TM-E43 with my Core 2 Duo 1.8 processor. I have 2 sticks of RAM - Corsair, 1 gig each.

It worked fine for a bit but lately the CPU has been in dangerous territory temp-wise and I realized I may have neglected to reapply thermal paste - so I went back in and did that today. However, upon rebooting - had the same issue as before I had the mobo - no signal to the video card - so after testing a million things, went back to Fry's and got another motherboard.

So everything is fine - everything was put back in perfectly... however now - my computer will only boot up with one stick of RAM in. I've tried both sticks - in either slot and it will power up everything - but when I put both in - the computer starts up, shuts down, starts, shuts down, etc..

Could I maybe have something off with my power supply? something not connected right? I've made sure everything is exactly how it should be. I am using a 650w Cooler Master power supply that I purchased about 3 years ago. Also, the only thing plugged into a PCI slot is my Wireless-N card. I'm using onboard audio and video.

Any help or ideas as to what it may be will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Try pulling it out and doing a bench test> Bench Test
If it still won't run in dual channel either the ram is not compatible(unlikely if ran in dual channel on the old board) or you have another defective board.

You can check the voltages and temps in the bios on the PC health page, but this doesn't sound like a power issue.
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