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RAM won't go in.


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Metalive

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I have an Asus A8n SLI deluxe mobo, and am trying to install some corsair XMS pc3200 on my board. I lined it up correctly, but it won't go all the way down to where the latches snap, I pushed really hard too, it just won't go in. Why? What am I doing wrong? Everything is compatible, and I'm lining it up and doing EXACTLY as the instructions say.
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On some of those motherboards you have to push down really hard just kinda brace it so that you don't snap your motherboard in half.
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Are you sure youve got it the right way round. Check a couple of other mobo manuals get one of the nf4 msi ones they have some pretty pictures in them on how to line it up. just download them off the site. Did the RAM come with instructions you could check as well, also you could contact Asus for help.
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I got it in, I REALLY had to shove though.

New dillemma. HOW THE [bleep] DO YOU INSTALL A CD DRIVE. WOW. I've been trying to figure this out for over an hour. I have no idea how to use a drive rail, or any of that stuff, and no tutorial will tell me how to mount one. There is just a giant hole where the drives go, how do I get it to stay?
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Well your case should have a manual if not it can be obtained from there website.

They are all different but follow the same principle.
You either slide it in from the front and screw them in more a half breed rail than a real one. Or if you have proper rails they attach to the sides of the drives and you slide them in. Well thats usually how it works. What case you got and it will be easier to tell you how exactly.
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Okay, I figured the drive out, but now connecting it is becoming a problem.

The back of bothe the HDD and CD drive have those ribbon cable connectors, I believe it's called IDE, anyway, I'm trying to connect this ribbon to the mobo or the drive, and I just can't get it to go in. I lined up the pins and gameps, it goes in a little but then won't budge, no matter how hard I shove.

I should note that I am VERY close to tossing this against the floor. I haven't been this pissed off in years. I've been at this for over 4 hours. I'm at the end of my sanity here.

Edited by Metalive, 06 July 2005 - 04:08 PM.

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Right first things first maybe you should take a little break and go get a cup of tea. Your mind after 4 hours work tends to not work as well and the simplest of problems become impossible. They should fit ok have you tried them the other way round as well just a thought.
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the cup of tea is a good idea.

please don't force the IDE cable.

a picture might help. the red stripe on the IDE cable will most likely install adjacent to the red wire on the power cable.

IDE cable

if you are connecting the HDD and CD to the same IDE cable, jumper the HDD as master and the CD as slave.

Edited by bdlt, 06 July 2005 - 04:27 PM.

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"The error returned was:

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The image didn't work. I am logged in as well.

Anyway, I took a break, but I still cannot get the cables in. I know where they go, and how to put them in, they just won't go into the CD Drive the HDD or the mobo (These are the cords that came with the mobo) They just won't go in. It drives me crazy.

If I push any harder the mobo will snap. It sucks becuase all I have left to do is just install the vid card and connect the power cables.

I'm in a room with carpet flooring, if I were to sit in a chair (metal bottom, and fabric cushion) with my feet on the metal legs of the chair, and touch the PSU frequently, would I still have to worry about static? It would be much easier to build, and I would be right next to a PC.
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here's the image as an attachment.

do your cables resemble the cables in the image?

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Yes, just no red stripe.
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how many pins on the 'IDE' cable?

how many pins on the HDD connector?

how many pins on the CD connector?
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The same amount, it's the IDE cable that came with the Asus board, and it won't even connect to the mobo it came with, I tried all the connectors in every IDE orifice, and they just won't go. Is there some kind of latching mechenism or something I'm missing?
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the IDE cable may have a notch on one end. this end goes into the mother board. check the mother board connectors - there should be a cut out for the notch on the cable on the mother board connector. see a notch?

look for pin 1 on the IDE connector on the mother board. if you can gently install the ide cable into the motherboard, mark the cable with a red stripe(or other indicator) at the pin 1 end. the red stripe goes to pin 1 on the mother board and to pin 1 on the devices. find pin 1?

are there 40 pins on the cable?
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Yes, it's a 40 pin, I've lined up the notches and colors, EVERYTHING is lined up, but it still WILL NOT go in. WHY!? This is driving me insane. I can't see whats obstructing it. Do IDE's have a latch you have to switch or anything?
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