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RAM Not Recognized by M5A97 EVO Motherboard

Level 7
Briefly, I set up my ASUS M5A97 EVO Motherboard in another case where it ran perfectly with identical hardware. After moving it to a much larger HAF case, it no longer recognizes either my Corsair XMS or Vengeance RAM. Please understand that I have been building computers for 25 years such that:

1) I always use vinyl gloves and a static strap.

2) I only purchase 1st class components, though this is my cheapest motherboards - others are Crosshair IV and V's

3) PSU is Seasonic - brand new (yes, I tested it and also switch it for another brand-new Corsair)

4) I push the RAM Test button and the motherboard goes through all the acceptable voltages - and then freezes at solid RED

5) Reset the BIOS

6) Tested all RAM sticks one by one as per normal procedure

My only conclusion, based on Process of Elimination, is that the DIM modules are defective.

Question: Has this problem been experienced by others on this board?

Level 40
I would suggest you swap out a working AMD CPU and see if your CPU is dead.
To help us help you - please provide as much information about your system and the problem as possible.

Yes sir, that is a possibility, though not if one listens to the beep codes.

One long and two shorts mean "No Memory Detected". (please see snippet)

I can only conclude that the DIMM's suddenly went bad. ASUS has been very good about the whole thing and suggested I RMA the board. Please understand that I was very thorough with my testing before I contacted ASUS so they really had nothing left to try.

Thanks for your suggestion. I actually encountered that problem before, and you were correct: bent pins on a poorly mounted CPU.

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If you have an opportunity to do so, please inform the website designer that websites are designed to communicate - Not Obfuscate. You know there is a reason why books have always been black print on white pages - down through the ages.

This website might be "cute" but so was the overuse of Flash and Banners a few years ago.