Hello, I have an ASUS G50V laptop which from what I can tell has a bad RAM socket. With both RAM modules installed, it won't boot up...screen is black, no POST or anything else. If I remove the module from the upper socket, the machine will boot up. I have tried both sticks of RAM in the lower socket and the machine will boot up with either one, it just won't boot when there's a RAM stick in the upper socket. So I guess that has to mean the socket is bad, right??
Also, even though the machine will boot past the POST and start loading Windows it will crash (quickly blinking a blue screen which I have no time to read). It then wants to try to run a startup repair which even after finishing successfully does not resolve the issue. I'm guessing it's a hardware issue though since I can place the HDD in my desktop and boot it up just fine.
Any ideas of what could be done in this situation? Should I run MEMTEST86 or some other scanning utility? Should I reset or flash the BIOS? Is there anything I could try before replacing the motherboard?
Thanks for any help, insight or ideas that you guys can provide.