Question Asus G501jw strange Ram issue

Nov 21, 2020
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I have an Asus G501JW that the motherboard died so I bought a replacement off eBay.

Well the first replacement was dead so got another one (after refund).

The second board worked but only shows 4gb of ram (soldered) and nothing else. I tried 1gb, 2gb, 4gb, and 8gb sticks. Both DDR3 and DDR3L. None are detected. Thought I may be going mad so tested them in a Dell I have and the sticks work.

So back goes the board.

I have now tried 6 boards. Different versions. And nothing.

They all show 4gb of ram and don't see any of the sticks in the single slot. All I want is to get this laptop to 12gb (heck I'll take 8gb at this point).

Anyone got any ideas? A gaming laptop with only 4gb of ram is next to useless.

Thanks
 
Nov 21, 2020
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Thanks for replying. I've tried upgrading to the latest bios. Downgraded we to various other versions and nothing changes. I'm very confused.

This isn't the first laptop I have repaired. Just not fair why it's doing this.
 

AlHuneke

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I suspect you have incompatible RAM. Was this removed from the old machine? And the new MB is identical? Is the BIOS up to date?

I'm not sure buying motherboards for E-Bay is a good idea. Have you tried buying one from ASUS?

Are you using good anti-static (ESD) procedures. Handling RAMs is a good way to blow them out.
 
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