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Silly question perhaps...

Greetings. I've just recently rescued a system (containing an absolutely pristine looking SuperMicro P4DCE+ motherboard complete with processors) from destruction. The system contained everything except hard drives, a video card and memory. Just to see whether I could (confidence) check the system out, I installed an AGP graphics card and powered the system up. My question is, should I be able to access the BIOS without any memory installed? I get nothing visual (at all) on the monitor. The speaker emits long beeps (indicating no memory fitted) - at least that's working correctly. I get the feeling that I'll not be able to view anything on the monitor as the graphics card requires system memory (to be present) to operate correctly? I've no memory available to install at the moment and I'm reluctant to purchase any until I can be (reasonably) sure that the system's got a chance of operating. Please advise Regards

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Re: Silly question perhaps...

Hello if you want the homepage its here:

The ram can be bought here:

This ram type is strictly for servers also called ecc ram (error correction code)
The non ecc can not be used here.

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Re: Silly question perhaps...

Ooh! That motherboard uses RIMMs, not regular DDR memory. And you'll need a matched pair to get it to fire up and permit access to the BIOS. Checking eBay I see you can get a pair of 256 MB modules for less than $10, so your curiosity won't cost you too much.

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