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Thread: Did I break it?




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    I think I may have broke a dimm slot on my new epox 8kha+ mobo. I will make no excuses. but I inserted my ram backwards into the slot closest to my cpu. The mobo would not even pwr up. so after much troubleshooting I found my error and turned it around. the board powered up but gave me an error code for bad memory. I then placed the ddr into the far right slot and it boots up into the bios as it should. No aparent faults. Did I have the memmory in the wrong slot as well as backwards? My slots are not numbered and I assumed that #1 was the one closest to the cpu. Could it be that #1 is the one farthest from the cpu and the only fall out from this is giving you folks a good laugh?

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    usually it doesn't matter which slot you put your ram in, it works reguardless. However your Mobo might be an exception.

    I'd get a torch and have a good look at the slot you shoved the ram into, see if u can see any bent pins etc.

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    ok, I tried your torch Idea and I find that it was a good idea. there was a piece of plastic in the slot from I dont know where. Also I found the markings for slot 1, which was in the first slot I tried. My memory is now in the correct slot but I keep getting A post code of FF. I looked it up and it says Boot Attempt (INT 19h). Anyone out there running an epoc board have any idea what that means. I personally think that the code means very little since all I have connected is my 20g hard drive(unformatted), a suspect floppy from the dark ages, and my pine mx400 agp video card. What do you guys think?

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    oops!!

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    Its always best to put your ram in dimm one becuase it'll end up searching through all the slots just to get to your ram...even though this is all done in nano seconds and its astronomically impossible to tell a difference no matter how hard you tried...its still time and that's what matters...another thing you should always put the largest stick of ram in the first slot then the lower stick as you count outward....my board is the 8kha+ and FF means boot attempt as you previously mentioned I'm not sure as to what it means...however my only possible guess is that its booting the system? Right now as I write this post my board has FF...I guess it means its booted? Other then that I don't know for sure

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    I have an EpoX 8k7a+ and the "FF" is the normal state if all is well. If something is wrong, it will usually stop on some other code during boot up. I don't imagine that it would be drastically different for 8kha boards.

    Anyway :cheers:
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    the slot closest to the cpu is always the #1 slot you got lucky you didn't destroy the memory and the board.i think they should have made a different kind of slots on the memory the one slot is kinda difficult to master after you get used to memory with two notches.

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    i agree, you are lucky if your system is up and going (FF is normal state as said), then u should be thanking the hardware gods u hadnt fried ya mobo and ram, as is the norm with backwards ram..

    can i ask this tho - you never stopped and double-checked after u had to use all that great force to insert the ram, u didnt think maybe there was somefin wrong then?

    its definately not a design flaw that allows these mistakes... (btw i dont mean a personal dig at anyone if it soundds that way)
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    No offense taken even though I do deserve it. Believe it or not there was not really that much force required to achieve insertion. It went in rather well and each time the comp wouldnt boot up I would press on the ram to make sure that it was seated properly. Sounds bad, I know. Anyway, I still dont have it running. After inserting all my hardware it takes about 3minutes to recognize my ide devices HD and CDrom. This all started after I added 2 fans powered by my mobo and added the Cdrom. Now my comp wont detect my hard drive. I think I messed up some settings in the bios. After adding the cdrom I went in and just to see what would happen I selected detect hard drive on my cdrom which is my secondary ide master. That is all I did. So anyway. This is my first attempt at building a comp, so mistakes are bound to be made.
    Athlon 2000+
    epox 8kha+
    768MB crucial/micron DDR pc2100
    Pine geforce 2 AGP mx400
    SB Audigy mp3+
    20 GB Western Digital
    Creativelabs 52x CDROM
    Buslink 40x12x48 burner
    Asynchronus digital subscriber loop

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    I'm gonna make you feel right at home. Back in septempber I built my computer with the FIC AD11. This was the first time I had used DDR EVER. I was always used to SDR. Well guess what...I put my ram in backwards. Nothing booted up, then I started having problems with the board like quake 3 would lock up with gl extensions turned on, 3dmark2001 would lock up half way. Sometimes when just using the computer and surfing the web my computer would go into a BSOD with a memory stack overflow. heh I thought it was my ram. But oh well, I know better now, I hope.

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