Ya, so what’s the problem with that?
Well, there isn’t one, assuming you’re a normal person. But for some reason, after I’d gotten back from the party, had my tea, fed my fish and all that, I turned on the P-O-M… and it didn’t actually turn on, as such… it started whirring as normal, hard drives started clicking as they usually do, and a few lights flickered on my motherboard, as they usually do… but the computer didn’t beep to say that it was OK, nor did anything appear on the screen. I tried cycling the power about three or four times, but still nothing!
Now, if I knew nothing about the inside of computers, and if I just had a standard motherboard… I would be well and truly screwed at this point. But, my board has a backup, and that is to clear the CMOS by pressing a little button on the back of the motherboard! Great! But THAT didn’t work either… and it usually does.
So, to help me out a little bit, I got out my LCD Poster that came with the board (another tool I would be utterly screwed without), plugged it in, and turned on the P-O-M. The LCD Poster got stuck at DET DRAM… so I assumed my RAM was the problem. I swapped my RAM sticks around, no joy. I unplugged one, no joy. I unplugged both, no joy and broken ears, as my (ultra loud) PC speaker beeped a warning tone as if to say "WHAT THE FOCK, I CAN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ANYMORE!!" I tried each stick in each slot, until I finally found a combination that booted the PC! WOOT!
Thing is, they’re in different coloured slots. Why is that a problem? Well… actually… I don’t know, as the PC can pick up all the memory, and it’s just as fast as it used to be. Apparently, putting RAM in the same coloured slots speeds it up… but I haven’t noticed a performance difference. It’s pretty annoying, as this is a £200-ish motherboard with now two
(seemingly broken) RAM slots. I don’t get how they just BROKE, when
the P-O-M was powered off… Must’ve blown a fuse or something when I
turned it back on…
So anyway, all of you people who have a motherboard similar to the Striker II Formula motherboard, and who are having a "DET DRAM" problem and can’t boot your PC’s… try moving your RAM around. Mine worked in slots 3 and 4. And so, the moral of this story is… it’s a GOOD idea to buy an expensive motherboard, because otherwise, you’re f***ed when one of your PC’s bad days come, and you have no failsafes. (Plus, it’s ultra easy to overclock with certain boards. )
Anyhoo, I’m off for now, I see yous later!