Tightened RAM timings and now my computer won't start

By Silvo72 · 4 replies
Mar 3, 2006
  1. In a poor attempt to OC my RAM, I tightened the timings and increased the voltage. When I saved and exited the BIOS, my computer wouldn't start up, and instead, I got a long, drawn-out, repeating beep. To try and fix this, I reinstalled my old RAM sticks. Nothing went wrong in the sense that I didn't get any beeping or funky sounds from my computer, but the monitor wasn't getting any signal from the computer. It read, "NO INPUT SIGNAL". My computer set up is:

    P4 2.8 ghz with HT
    Biostar P4TSV mobo
    2 x 1 gig Corsair XMS PC3200 (Old ones were stock)
    Phoenix BIOS

    Is there any way to restore the default RAM timings or am I in trouble?
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Try resetting your cmos. If you didn't fry the ram, it should boot up.

    How to reset cmos depends on your motherboard. Check your user's manual to see if you have "cmos jumpers". If not, then you have to find the cmos battery and remove it from your motherboard for a few hours.

    Good luck!
  3. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Any tips on how to find my cmos battery?

    Edit: Just found my manual, located the cmos jumper.. but uh.. how do I use it?
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,186   +469

    Refer to your manual for pin numbers and locations. See page 10.

    Clear CMOS Procedures:
    1. Remove AC power line.
    2. Set the jumper to “Pin 1-2 Close”.
    3. Wait for five seconds.
    4. Set the jumper to “Pin 2-3 Close”.
    5. Power on the AC.
    6. Reset your desired password or clear the CMOS data.
  5. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I got my computer up and running again, thanks a lot guys.
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