I think I did something bad

By AzureOctive ยท 8 replies
Apr 14, 2008
  1. Okay, situation is:

    Got crappy e-machines, I understand I have a crappy computer to start with.

    I got a graphics card Ge Force 7900 GTX because I'm not going to put in a direct x 10 graphics card in my crappy computer

    Got a new power supply to run the card

    but those were running fine here's the new element that I think crashed the computer:
    I bought new ram for the computer a gig of ram and after installing that into my system the computer blipped off when I was going to sleep and would not power back on: did my ram upgrade burn out my processer? The lights will flash for a second and then blip off and I won't be able to try to power on again. I think I will try to ensure that the connections to the board are good one more time when I go home tonight.

    so all things compressed into one question:
    Does a ram upgrade put new stress on the processor or should it ease the processor?

    :edit: forgot to include my system specs
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Any hardware change can stress the crappy eMachines... You have replaced the power supply. Other than the new RAM may not be the correct type/speed for the motherboard, the motherboard itself might have gone bad from the stress
  3. AzureOctive

    AzureOctive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what part generally goes bad on a motherboard? Capacitors? is it something i could re-solder a replacment on?

    :edit: or would this be kinda silly becuase I'd be duct taping my proverbial straw house in a flood? >_< :edit:
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Did you try removing your new RAM? If it's a new system, just have it replaced/fixed under warranty. You don't have to tell them that you have messed with the innards and suchlike ;)

    Anyway, the symptoms point at a short somewhere. It could something as simple as a misplaced wire/cable or a screw collar touching a track on the PCB.

    Start from a really barebones system (PSU, mobo, CPU outside of the computer case) and see if that one powers off by itself. If it beeps like crazy, but stays on, start putting the thing back together piece by piece.
  5. AzureOctive

    AzureOctive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's actually the first thing I did, I pulled everything out of it to get it back to the failsafe point but it still had the same result.

    I actually ended up going out to wall mart and picking up just a cheap replacment so I could fall asleep last night, think we all know how sick and abandoned you can feel without a computer >_<

    I also kinda figured that it's been pretty much on non-stop for the past 2 years and I think it's time had kinda come...

    so I'll try a few more things tonight before I proclaim it dead

    Also! another thought in my mind, How hard would it be to bring my old hard-drive onto my new machine? The new one has one of those new fangled hard drives that dosen't have ribbon cableing. Which one will it make the slave drive?
  6. AzureOctive

    AzureOctive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    *bump for hard drive solve?*
  7. kl8on

    kl8on TS Rookie

    Is it a sata hard drive ?
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

  9. AzureOctive

    AzureOctive TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay, to fix my mobo problem I got this:

    With this for ram:

    and this for processor

    I went to the MoBo's website for compatible products -

    I found the processor on the compatible processor list and I pulled the ram model directly from the ram compatibility list... will these equal a computer since I have CD drive power supply and case?
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