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    Yikes! Did I kill it?

    I threw together a new system, motherboard, CPU, etc... and it actually worked.
    Until I hooked up my old hdd to retrieve data from it, that is.
    The mobo is an ASUS p4b266, and now when I power it up all I get is a beep alert that indicates that no RAM is detected.
    The RAM chip worked beautifully before I added the hdd, and I didn't even touch it during that addition.
    I'm assuming it isn't a fried mobo, since it does give out that annoying, unrelenting beep reminiscent of a British police car...
    but all the same I'm in a quandary - funds are low (because of all the new parts I've added, of course) so I'm hesitant to just buy a new RAM chip in the hopes it will do the trick. If I had another handy, or if I knew anyone who would let me borrow it just to see, I'd swap the current one out to see if that was the problem.
    I guess I'm answering my own question right now...but until I started to type this post I didn't even think of that. And I DO have some older PC-100 chips - if the motherboard can take them, I will use them as a test.

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    Re: Yikes! Did I kill it?

    Can't stand the suspense and you didn't say: is it still whacko after you TAKE BACK OUT the hard drive?

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    Re: Yikes! Did I kill it?

    Yep...the PC100 chips didn't fit, of course (that would've been TOO easy) and after reverting to the configuration that worked, I still get that dad-blasted siren.

    . . . - - - . . .

    Of course, I could always order another RAM chip, and then even if it wasn't the memory I'd have beaucoup memory... if my wife lets me live...
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    Re: Yikes! Did I kill it?

    My inclination is that the drive is not formatted for your new system.
    When it hits the boot sector, it simply doesn't recognize it.
    Especially, if you've got a more modern drive already working as it's master.
    You may have to configure the second as a slave and tweak the settings in the BIOS.

    You may also want to verify the jumpers have been switched on the back of the drives,
    which will enable your old drive as a slave in a master/slave configuration.
    There are a host of BIOS issues you may need to address like LBA, 16 or 32 bit, etc... <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Yikes! Did I kill it?

    Well, the drives were jumpered and BIOSed correctly. The problem, as it turns out, was that the CPU had come unseated.
    And was stuck to the bottom of the Heat Sink Fan. Fortunately, when I peeled it off and re-seated it, and then hooked everything up
    again, the system booted up just fine.

    Whew
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