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alleballe January 20, 2012 11:08 AM

Does a red DRAM led light always indicates bad RAM?
 
Hi Linus,

Hope you can help me out with this one.

Ive been experiencing some problems with my computer for a while now. I think that the memory is "harassing" me. But Im not sure.

Before describing the whole story...
Does a solid red light (the DRAM-light) on the motherboard (ASUS Rampage Extreme III) indicates that the memory is faulty?


Had my mobo replaced recently from II to III so I doubt it's the mobo? The RAM is on the QVL for the mobo so the memory is def. compatible.

It can boot up, but it may takes a few restarts - with the DRAM light being red all the time. But then suddenly, the monitor gets action and it all boots up. After it have been "restarting" by itself for a while. Strange...

Nothing on the POST either. Ran a memtest that gave me nothing on 1.5hours (2 of 3 sticks only though).


Hope you know whats goin on... This is annoying!


Thanks in advance

Regards
A




ps. The symptom Im experiencing is similar to these:
Asus P8P67-Pro wont boot - Red DRAM led - [H]ard|Forum
ASUS M4A77T/USB3 DRAM LED flashing light - Asus - Motherboards-Memory
No video...Dram_LED Solid Red - General-Motherboard - Motherboards-Memory
Asus P8P67-Pro cannot boot - Red DRAM led - Motherboard Processor & RAM

alleballe January 20, 2012 11:09 AM

And yes... Ive reseted the BIOS, updated the BIOS, every driver installed, disconnected everything etc etc... The ram is inserted correctly aswell. Ive tried every "common" tip given on the internet, nothing of that works.

stoanee January 20, 2012 11:32 AM

Did you manually set ram timings & voltages in bios? Sometimes that is necessary.

alleballe January 20, 2012 11:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stoanee (Post 592715)
Did you manually set ram timings & voltages in bios? Sometimes that is necessary.

Thanks for your reply.

Actaully, there is a problem with that. Im a noob when it comes to set the ram timings & voltages so I prefer to use the XMP profile thats on there. But when I try to use the profile, it says "Overclocking failed" and I need to run my memory on 1066mhz instead of 1600mhz? The settings are on auto at the moment. Shouldnt that work? Thought it couldnt be the timings/voltages because its on auto (no more, no less, should be fine then).

The XMP profile worked on the Rampage Extreme II before though.

Can it be the RAM that are faulty? Or will just the correct timings do the trick?

enaberif January 20, 2012 11:57 AM

XMP profiles have caused me issues before. Set it to Auto or learn to set the timings up properly in your bios with proper speeds and see what happens.

alleballe January 20, 2012 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by enaberif (Post 592727)
XMP profiles have caused me issues before. Set it to Auto or learn to set the timings up properly in your bios with proper speeds and see what happens.

It's on auto at the moment. Could that be the problem?

alleballe January 20, 2012 12:41 PM

Second question:
Could the memory be faulty even if the memtest doesn't give any errors?

dandelioneater January 20, 2012 01:58 PM

Try booting with one stick of ram to see if they are good. Also make sure they are in the right slots. Check manual for that. You are supposed to populate one of the colored slots before the other. Check your manual.

Also, you should be able to change the memory setting from 'auto' to 'manual'. just highlight the auto and hit '+' on you numpad or hit 'enter' and use arrow keys to select the other setting. Then you can go into your memory settings and set your timings and voltage to what the memory sticks say on the label.
ie: 9-9-9-24 1600MHz @ 1.5V (DRAM voltage)

GL

headsh0t January 20, 2012 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dandelioneater (Post 592752)
Try booting with one stick of ram to see if they are good. Also make sure they are in the right slots. Check manual for that. You are supposed to populate one of the colored slots before the other. Check your manual.

This. Make sure they're in the right slots, and yes, try 1 stick at a time. I'd leave everything on Auto in BIOS while troubleshooting at first.

SuicidalPanda January 30, 2012 08:34 PM

The light only indicates an error in that area. On my board, what happened was the memory i used were fine but the dimm slots on the motherboard itself was faulty.


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