What did I break in my PC?

By Timlaptopm101
Nov 8, 2006
  1. I am working on an old Dell Dimension 4100. Their seems to be some problems when I removed the RAM. I removed the RAM to clean off the access dust, inserted the RAM back and now the PC wont work. I dunno if I damaged the RAM or the motherboard. Anyway to tell.

    Ive unplugged everything except power supply, video card, and RAM. PC will power on, cds will light up, fans turn on, accesses HD, but I never hear any beeps or disk drive being read. Monitor wont turn on. Tried different video cards just to make sure

    When I remove the RAM, the computer will beep twice.

    Any ideas?
  2. Op2

    Op2 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    My first suggestion would be plug it harder to make sure that you really plug the RAM in.

  3. Timlaptopm101

    Timlaptopm101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I plugged it in where both of the white clips clicked in. Im assuming a PC cannot run without ram right. I was wondering perhaps I damaged the RAM as I might have put it in in the wrong direction at first.
  4. Op2

    Op2 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Is your monitor blinking yellow light? Seem like a RAM problem to me, but it's not really easy to damage a memory card. Try to plug it in one more time to see if it works.
  5. Timlaptopm101

    Timlaptopm101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My monitor just stays yellow. The monitor is fine, I use it on my new PC I just purchased.

    I mean the PC was working fine. All I did was remove the RAM and boom no longer working. I reinserted the RAM as far as it will go and no go. I assume when no ram is installed the PC beeps and when its installed it wont beep?
  6. Op2

    Op2 TS Rookie Posts: 86

    My brother and me agree with each other that there is a big chance one of the thing was not really pluged in yet.

    Unplug everything you can, clean them all. And then put them back together. I hope that your computer will work after that.
  7. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    perhaps use the 2nd slot?
  8. Timlaptopm101

    Timlaptopm101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    tried second slot. No different
  9. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

  10. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    The ram will fit in only one way and your system will not even boot if its not in all the way.

    Did you touch the chips on the ram with your sweaty hands?:haha:
  11. Timlaptopm101

    Timlaptopm101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My hands never sweat. I did everything N305 that the tutorial said. Im thinking its the RAM thats bad but cant verify for sure. Its that or thr motherboard as I replaced each other component CD, HD, Soundcard, video card etc and everything worked fine. Couldnt check rsm or motherboard on other PC as they werent the same.
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Everyone's hands sweat from time to time... Anytime we handle computer components, we take a chance in damaging them. If your hands were sweaty, this would have probably dissapated any damaging static charge
  13. Timlaptopm101

    Timlaptopm101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    LOL thats not what I meant. I mean, I wear latex gloves when I work on PC parts! :) Yes my hands sweat occasionally. Rarely :)
  14. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    latex gloves usually have weird oil on them. I always worked with air-dried hands, and make them not sweat(lol :) ) Thats what I did on my first PC build, and it works at optimal levels. It perfect :) :) :) :)

  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I never wear gloves when I assemble or repair a PC. I work on a steel cart that is grounded, but the PC is on a wood plank base. I leave the power plug connected, but the master ATX power switch off. I also wear a grounded wrist strap when working with ungrounded motherboards
  16. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Why would you were latex gloves, never heard of that before? If you do not wear a grounding strap then you need to ground yourself before you transmitt static to your equipment. It only takes one volt to fry your equipment
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    A static discharge is a lot more than 1 volt. More like 10000's of volts at very low amperage. If the motherboard is mounted in it's case, it is more protected against a static dicharge than if it is on a table by itself. I always install the CPU and it's HSF, and the memory before I install the motherboard in it's case
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