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Ram not working after reformat

By darkashes_3 ยท 6 replies
Aug 31, 2007
  1. like title says i reformated my hard drive and reinstalled windows xp home,
    now only one of my sticks of ram is recognized can any one help with this issue pls :(
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Remove and reseat each module, slowly and carefully, while wearing rubber gloves or plastic bags.
    Try each memory module alone. Try switching slots, and try again.
    Then download and run the free MemTest86 for four hours or 7 passes, which ever takes longer.
    There is no reason why a reformat would normally cause this problem, but if it pushed part of the test into the upper ranges, it could.
  3. darkashes_3

    darkashes_3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what do you mean by reset module, i have tried each stick by them selves they both register just not when i put them both in ?
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Although I don't know why it would affect the ram, did you happen to install your motherboard drivers after reinstalling XP? Also what size are the ram modules and are yo running SP2?
  5. rickk1

    rickk1 Banned Posts: 68

    I've been installing ram for at least 10 years and have never worn rubber gloves, plastic bags, or anything covering my hands and/or my fingers and have never heard of such a thing. I do, however, make sure I am grounded.
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    i've been putting things in my pc for about 3 years now and have only just bought an esd wristband. with ram i always made sure that i held them on the edges that the clips hold on to. i'd recommend buying an esd wristband because it will make your life easier and anything plastic, e.g. a plastic bag could hold static which will break your components. not sure if rubber conducts static electricity or not though ;)
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    you could have a bad slot, a bad stick that doesn't crop up unless it is paired.... replace both sticks...
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