Power on failure when both DRAM slots used

By 2wartz ยท 5 replies
May 2, 2008
  1. I have purchased a 2Gb kit on Ebay( 2 x 1GB DIMMs). When both DIMMs installed system beeps on power on probably indicating RAM failure. With 1 x 1GB in slot 1 system boots ok. With same 1 x 1GB in slot 2 system boots ok. With the other 1 x 1GB the system will boot up ok in slot 1 or slot 2.
    When both 1 x 1GB DIMMs are installed in slots 1 and 2 the system fails to boot.
    On the Gigabyte GA-K8VM800M MoBo I have, there are only 2 memory slots.
    It is Award Software BIOS & I cant find any reference to dual channel vs single channel memory anywhere in the bios pages.
    As both slots 1 & 2 will work independently the fault is not the MoBo. Both new 1 x 1GB DIMMs will work independently in either slot 1 or slot 2 so the DIMMs are proving ok.
    Somehow I need to switch to dual channel memory instead of single channel.
    Any Ideas folks?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    Type: DDR400/ 333/ 266 / 200MHz
    Max capacity: Up to 2GB by 2 DIMM slots

    AWARD BIOS Beep Codes
    1 short: System boots successfully
    2 short: CMOS setting error
    1 long 1 short: DRAM or M/B error
    1 long 2 short: Monitor or display card error
    1 long 3 short: Keyboard error
    1 long 9 short: BIOS ROM error
    Continuous long beeps: DRAM error
    Continuous short beeps: Power error

    Nothing about Dual Ram reported on that board
  3. 2wartz

    2wartz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Hi Kimsland
    Yep, I'm getting continuous long beeps.....DRAM error which is what I thought. This is only when both new 1gb DIMMs are installed in slots 1 & 2. I have tried them in my other machine which has a Gigabyte 7VM400M mobo & the system boots perfectly & detects 2gb with no trouble at all thank you very much. In this machine it just won't detect 2gb if both slots are used.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    All I can say is, some manufacture Rams don't suit some computers
    Also it may be the voltage rating on the Ram
    I don't know what your voltage rating is suppose to be, it may be in your motherboard manual.
  5. Bruce2

    Bruce2 TS Rookie

    Adjust voltage to the spec of the rams.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

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