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Good day, I inserted a memory into my second memory slot. When i plugged the unit, the slot started to smoke so i quickly removed the power cable. Since then the system has refused to start. The keyboard indicates and also my mouse indicates but the monitor won't show anything. Also, i observe the hard disk indicator in front of the casing is constantly on instead of blinking when i start the system. I tested my hard disk and my memory on another system, they are still fine. Please what could be the problem?

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Hi there,

First of all does your power supply smell of burning?.... if so than you need a new power supply, otherwise you may have blown you motherboard which may include your cpu.

Please let me know what you find and I may be able to help you.



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Lgr40 memory

could be a parity issue. Make sure of the following

Both memory are the same in size (for better performance) and buffer rate (all can be found on the memory card sticker/label.

Note that some can look the same and everything but then then there are not what the machine memory dimm slot should check in the computer manual if you have any.
Also take the memory out (both) and insert them individually in one memory slot after the other and turn the computer on to see if it works. You may have a faulty memory as well or a bad memory dimm slot.

Good luck and do let me know what happens next

May 18, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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What does this mean if you have power one second and the next you dont. If I let it sit for a day it will boot up for a sec. then have to wait for the next to boot up

hi wired_mouse!
sorry to hear about this issue but based on this symptoms, this can be a possible motherboard or memory card issue. if you think you can disassemble your computer's chassis, go ahead and open it and try reseating the memory modules. if you have vacant memory slots on your motherboard, try inserting your memory modules there then restart the computer. if it doesnt work, try one memory module first (if you have a pair), remove the other pair see if it will work. I've had the same issue before and we were thinking it was the motherboard but luckily, it was only a bad memory card. it's cheaper than a motherboard.
for more options, try going to the official website of your computer and see if they have online manuals for your product model for accurate guide on how to go about the process.
you have a good day!

Sep 27, 2011 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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Computer will not turn light on but screen not lighting up.

Hello jaysmith362,
Your computer problem has 3 different cause:
1. VGA cable is not plug-in properly into the computer
2. Your System memory is not properly inserted.
3. BIOS problem

To solve your problem it.
1. Please ensure that your VGA is properly inserted into your VGA port of the computer. Or if you got an Videocard see to it that it is plug-in to your videocard.
2. You have to remove your system memory then return it properly into your memory slot.
3. Or by BIOS resetting, in your motherboard you will see an CMOS reset in it, try to remove the jumper then insert it in the other portion of it (it always has an 3 pins or 4 pins in the BIOS reset, if the BIOS jumper is located in the 1 and 2 pins try to insert it in the 3 and 4 pins). then restart your computer then turn it off after 3 seconds. Then bring it back the BIOS jumper into normal that is 1 and 2 pins.

I hope it will solve your problem
Thanks for using FIXYA...;-)

Aug 19, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Good day sir, hi. you need these 7 things to make your pc start, make sure they are good.

first unplug your pc. open the side panel to access the motherboard. Remove all connections to the motherboard.
  1. Remove and check the memory module, make sure that the memory terminals are clean, you can use an eraser to clean the contacts. much better if you have new ones. or test the memory modules on another PC to confirm that they are good, then snap it in place, you should hear clicks as you place it on the slot.
  2. Clean the memory slot with a clean paint brush, there should be no foreign objects inside the slots, visual inspection is necessary.
  3. make sure you PS is good. Plug in the 20/24 pin connector and the 4 pin 12v connector firmly.
  4. Make sure that the processor is installed properly. the fan is connected on the fan power port.
  5. connect the monitor to the vga slot, (or if you have graphics card)
  6. connect a keyboard,
  7. and a pc speaker (or the thumb speaker)
Power on your PC.
monitor your PC speaker.

You should hear a beep, (good) one long and 2 or 3 short beeps, problem with the display card, continuous beeps, system board cannot detect memory.

monitor your keyboard.

You should see 3 sets of led light, numlock+caps lock+scroll lock, and a few seconds, 1 led light, the num lock only.

Dec 14, 2009 | Biostar G31-M7 TE Motherboard

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About my ram of p4m800-m7 rev 3.1 i have a 512mb ram already installed and i buy a new ram with a 1gb size and i would like to install it but my question is is it okay to put them together? my 512mb ram is...

The black rectangular chips on the side, or sides, of the ram module are DRAM chips. Dynamic Random Access Memory.

('Chip' is slang term to denote IC, or Integrated Circuit)

Each Dram chip is of a specific size, (or can be said as Amount)
There are manufacturers who make the Dram chips, and then the chips are used by the ram memory manufacturer.

Doesn't matter how the Dram chips are arranged. The ram memory manufacturer could put them all of one side, if they designed it that way.

1.Your motherboard will support, (Use), DDR at 333Mhz, or DDR at 400MegaHertz.
(PC2700 and PC3200, respectively)

2.The ram memory module must use 2.5 Volts.
(JEDEC has set the voltage standard for DDR Sdram at 2.5 Volts, so no worries here. Only time to check this, is if you have some High performance ram, that may be set to use a higher voltage)

3.It must be Non-ECC ram, and Unbuffered.

4.Cas Latency should be 2.5 to 3.0 (Ram Timings)

Short solution?

Computer off, and unplugged from power. TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case to relieve your body of Static.

Handle the ram 'sticks' by the body of the stick, and refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins, on the bottom.

If the 512MB stick is in SLOT 1, remove it. Install the 1GB stick in Slot 1. Make SURE it is seated!

(Slot 1, is the ram memory slot that is closest to the Processor. It is the first ram memory slot that the Processor reads)

Leave the computer case open. (Refrain from putting your hands in while the computer is plugged into power)

Plug the computer into power. Wait 30 seconds. Turn the computer on.

Computer boots up? (Starts)
Unplug from power. Install the 512MB stick in Slot 2.
Plug into power, wait 30 seconds. Turn the computer on.
Computer boots up?
You're good to go.

1GB ram memory stick is in Slot 1, and the computer does not boot up?
Incompatible ram memory. Remove it. Reinstall the original 512MB stick in Slot 1.

Nov 26, 2009 | EliteGroup P4M800-M7 Motherboard

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At start you 3 beeps and fans come on and nothing else

You have a memory error...MABYE:

Look for the motherboard online and see who's bios it has, and its error codes.

Remove all memory...
Now, you dont know if its the slots or the memory, take ONE stick of memory, and place it in the first slot, start er up. then take that same stick, and place it in the second slot? Same result? Then take a diffrent memory stick and place it on the second slot.

Oct 04, 2009 | Foxconn (755A01-6ELRS) (K8S755A6ELRS)...

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3 beep at the start

Thats a standard mother board warning...back when i built a few computers i got this all the time it meant "no Memory" or no ram chips were installed or that the memory was not compatible it should just beep three times with about a second delay in between each beep...then thats your problem...your ram might be dead! if it has 3 short beeps and boots up fine it could just be a start up beep i know of older computers beeping quickly 3 times before booting....though ive never delt with asus boards only Intel. but i doubt it would be much different
hope this helps,ben

Aug 13, 2009 | ASUS P5S800-VM Motherboard

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When start on asus motherboard 1beep+1beep sound total 2 beep sou

The problem is the system memory, get yourself a clean, dry soft paintbrush, remove the power cord from the back of the unit, remove the memory and clean the brass contacts on the memory modules, next clean the memory slots of any dust that may have built up and reseat the memory.
Put the side panel back on and plug in the power cord then power up.

Good luck

Jun 19, 2009 | Intel Motherboard

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(GRA) code on monitor. tower just beeps

Hi there.
GRB means the 3 primary colours and just means the monitor is working and able to receive a signal.
I think in your case it could be related to memory. Remove any new hardware if any and any external devices like printers etc.
Now remove the power cord from the back and remove or open the side panel from the tower so you can get to the motherboard, remove the ram (memory) from the slots and clean the dust from both the memory modules and the memory slots, when they are free of dust just put one module back at a time and restart the PC (if you have more than one)
If it boots up the problem would have been dust, if it doesn't start up at all it well be faulty memory.
Please post back if you need more help or advice.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

May 24, 2009 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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Checked all of those...any other thoughts?

Lets address the video. Display is more important.
If your only using one PCI-E you do not need to plug in the 4-pin power connector pg. 20 in manual, see notes no# 4.
However it is unclear if this is true by reading your manual.
On other boards the 4-pin 12v power connector is not needed un less you are running 2 PCI-E cards.
(You will have to test this statment).
Disconnect the power connector pg. 20 in manual, see notes no# 4.
Remove your installed PCI-E1 video card & re-seat it, (making sure it is seated evenly). (If you have a second PCI-E card do not install it.
Start PC & enter bios. Check that your bios is set to PCI-E for video display & not VGA. Pg. 32.
While in the bios disable the audio. (for now).
Set Plug & play Aware O/S, to No. (This allows the bios to set IRQ's rather than windows).
Save & re-start the PC. Did you get video? No?
Shut down the PC & connect the 4-pin 12v connector for the PCI-E1. Start the PC. Did you get video display?
Other reasons for not to getting video display.
CPU not seated correctly / bad or bent pin. Socket locking arm not engaged. Thermal grease not applied. HeatSink not locked.
1. Video card needs cleaned. (use house hold Alcohol & cotton sawbs). Clean copper contacts. Clean out PCI-E slot.
2. There may be a short between the board & the case.
3. Connection is loose, (either end of the video cable).
4. Connected to the wrong video out-put. (Switch cable to second video out put on a dual out port card).
5. Have a bad video card. (Swap it if you got another).

Memory check.
1.Can include not correct voltage for board.
(you'rs must be 2.5v). No higher.
Over clocking memory in bios. (Set to Auto)
3. Bad DIMM. (remove one DIMM if two is installed), (swap slots in-between restarts).
4. Download free Memory Tester (click the link).

Give the stuff above a try Stephen.
It's late & I'm wired.
Have a good day!

Mar 15, 2008 | EliteGroup (ECS 915PL-A2) Motherboard

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