I left on business for seven months, and my computer was off and unplugged the whole time. I got back and attempted to turn it on. The power turned on and all the fans started whirring, but the computer produced no video output, then repeated a one-short-one-long Beep Code.
I looked up the code, and it was listed as a "Memory Error," so I started troubleshooting. At one point, I took out all but one of the 2GB sticks of RAM, put it in the first slot, and tried to boot the computer. It started up without a hitch (aside from being a bit slow because it only had 1/4 of the RAM).
I shut it down and tried to load it with a second 2GB stick. I got the "Memory Error" beep code again; the computer refused even to load the BIOS.
I tested multiple sticks of RAM in all of the slots. The slots function perfectly individually, as does the RAM. But if I try to load more than one stick at a time, I continue to get the Memory Error beep, and no boot. I even bought new RAM and tried replacing it. No dice.
I read a bunch of stuff about altering the voltage to the RAM slots, but my BIOS doesn't seem to have that option. Please help!
HP Pavilion Elite HPE-400y
- Motherboard: Foxconn N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX
- BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. v6.04, dated 9/7/2010
- Processor: AMD Phenom X4 945 (Quad-core)
- RAM [current]: 1 x 4GB PNY DDR3-1066
- GPU: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
- PSU: Thermaltake TR2 (600W)