Me a few days ago:
Wonky ram is the wooooorst. It's given me untold headaches over the years.
So I was having weird issues with my computer that necessitated a Windows reinstall. Or so I thought.
PC worked fine after this for a few days then straight up wouldn't POST. So I sighed, cracked my case and started fiddling with my RAM sticks.
I'm currently running a pretty old system with an i5 4590 and 2 x 4GB sticks of RAM. Motherboard is an Asus H97M-E
I managed to trace my issue to one of those sticks so I pulled one and it's been stable although brutally slow since then.
I ordered an 8 gig stick (I know, sub-optimal single-channel etc etc I just want to get things running better) which arrived today and I can't get it to work.
Not all RAM slots seem to be working, I've tested my working 4 gig stick and it only works in some slots.
The 8 gig however doesn't seem to work in any of them. It just power cycles before POSTing.
So, here's my question/s:
Is the new RAM dead?
Likely incompatible? it's a weird brand Arktek but DDR3 is hard to find locally. PC-1600 1.35v nothing unusual though.
Might my system need a BIOS upgrade for the bigger sticks?
Is the whole thing just on it's last legs?
Budget is super tight so I'm considering maybe replacing the motherboard. But I really don't want to make a half-assed replacement.