iCUE Not Detecting RAM, What to Do?

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

Corsair’s iCUE software is a cool way to make your Corsair products look and work the way you want, like changing the colors of your RAM lights or tweaking hardware settings. But sometimes, it doesn’t pick up on RAM, which can be a bummer if you’re trying to get your Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM modules to light up just right. This guide will help you figure out why that might be happening and how to fix it so your RAM and iCUE are chatting like old friends.

Also see: Does Faulty RAM Cause Freezes or Crashes on PC?

iCUE Not Detecting RAM

Potential causes for iCUE not detecting RAM

When iCUE can’t see your RAM, it’s like missing a piece in a puzzle, especially if you love having your PC light up in sync. The main headache usually comes from software clashes. Other programs that handle RGB lights or hardware might mess with iCUE’s ability to talk to your RAM.

But it’s not just software squabbles. BIOS settings or driver hiccups could also be playing hide and seek with your RAM. Let’s go through some ways to bring your RAM back into the spotlight and keep your PC looking sharp.

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iCUE is not seeing my Dominator RAM

Solution 1: Verify BIOS settings

The BIOS is like the backstage of your computer, where settings help your hardware and software communicate. For iCUE to see your RAM, the “SPD Write” setting in the BIOS might need to be turned on. Some people on Reddit say this has helped them, especially if a BIOS update or reset threw things off track.

Steps to check and modify the SPD Write option in BIOS:

  1. Start by rebooting your computer. Keep hitting “Delete” or “F2” as it boots up to jump into the BIOS.
  2. Look for sections that talk about RAM or memory once you’re in the BIOS.
  3. Find the “SPD Write” option within those settings.
  4. If “SPD Write” is turned off, switch it on. This helps iCUE and your RAM get along. If you see “SPD Write Disabled,” you might need to choose “FALSE” to get it working right.How to enable SPD Write in BIOS

After you’ve done this, save your changes, reboot, and see if iCUE can now see your RAM. You might also want to jump into iCUE’s settings and give the iCUE Service a quick restart.

Restart Corsair iCUE Service
Note: If messing with BIOS settings sounds scary, or if you can’t find the SPD Write option, peek at your motherboard’s manual or reach out to the manufacturer for some help.

Useful guide: How to Check RAM Brand, Model and Specs in Windows 11

Solution 2: Check for conflicts with other RGB software

If iCUE’s playing hide and seek with your RAM, other RGB software on your system could be the playground bully. Apps that control RGB lights or hardware might step on iCUE’s toes, causing a standoff.

List of known conflicting software:

  • Razer Synapse
  • ASUS Armoury Crate
  • EVGA Precision XOC
  • Logitech G Hub
  • Thaiphoon Burner
  • ASUS Aura RGB
  • MSI Mystic Light and/or Dragon Center
  • Gigabyte RGB Fusion

Corsair iCUE Software Conflicts with other RGB tools

1. Identify and uninstall conflicting software:

First, see if you have any of the troublemakers installed. If yes, try uninstalling or turning them off for a bit to see if that lets iCUE recognize your RAM.

For instance, if you’ve got “ASUS Aura RGB” and iCUE on the same computer, they might not be getting along. Here’s how to sort it out:

  1. Head to “Add or Remove Programs” on your PC.
  2. Look for the software that’s causing the issue, like “ASUS Aura RGB.”
  3. Hit “Uninstall” and follow the steps that pop up.Uninstall Razer Synapse to fix iCUE not detecting RAM
  4. After uninstalling, reboot your PC and see if iCUE spots your RAM now.

See also: How to Uninstall & Disable Gigabyte App Center from BIOS

2. Deactivate RGB controls in the conflicting software:

If you’d rather keep the other software around, try turning off its RGB controls to avoid the clash with iCUE.

Like in “Razer Synapse”:

  1. Open it up.
  2. Find the “Lighting” section or something similar.
  3. Look for a way to turn off RGB controls and click it.
  4. Save your changes and exit.

Now, give iCUE a whirl and see if it can find your RAM.

The trick is to make sure only one app is bossing around your RAM’s RGB to keep things smooth.

Related resource: Razer Synapse Not Detecting Keyboard, Mouse or Headset

Solution 3: Update or reinstall iCUE software

Maybe the issue is with iCUE itself. If it’s out of date or got corrupted, that could explain why it’s not seeing your RAM. Getting the latest version or reinstalling might just do the trick.

Steps to update or reinstall iCUE:

  1. Open iCUE, head to “Settings” or “Updates” to look for new versions. If you find one, download and install it.Force update Corsair iCUE software
  2. If that doesn’t help, or you’re already up to date, try reinstalling iCUE.
    • Go to “Control Panel” > “Programs and Features,” find “Corsair iCUE,” and uninstall it.
    • Head over to Corsair’s website, find the iCUE download page, and grab the latest version.Download latest version of Corsair iCUE
    • Run the installer and follow the steps to get iCUE back on your system.
  3. Reboot your PC to make sure all the changes take effect.

After restarting, open up iCUE and check if your RAM is now showing up. If not, there’s still more you can try.

Note: Always grab software from official or trustworthy spots to keep your computer safe.

Suggested read: Why is My Memory Usage So High When Nothing is Running?

Solution 4: Modify the RAM placement

Where your RAM sits on the motherboard can sometimes make it shy in front of software like iCUE. If you’re not using all the RAM slots, playing musical chairs with your RAM modules might help.

Steps to reseat RAM:

  1. Power off your PC and unplug it. Give it a minute to make sure all the energy’s gone.
  2. Open up the case. You might need a screwdriver, and don’t forget to ground yourself to avoid any shocking experiences.
  3. Find the RAM. It looks like long, thin cards in slots on the motherboard.
  4. Try moving the RAM around. If you’ve got more than one stick, swap their spots. If you’re unsure about where they should go, check your motherboard’s manual for tips.Reseat RAM modules
  5. Make sure they click into place properly when you put them back.
  6. Put everything back together, power up, and see if iCUE notices your RAM now.

If you’ve tried all this and iCUE still isn’t cooperating, there might be something else at play.

Faulty RAM modules or RAM slot on the motherboard

If you’ve gone through all the above steps and nothing’s worked, you might be dealing with a dodgy RAM stick or a cranky slot on the motherboard.

  • Try the RAM in a different computer to see if it’s recognized.
  • Move the RAM to another slot to see if the problem is the slot itself.
  • If it’s still invisible, it might be time to chat with the manufacturer or where you bought it for help.

Some thoughts

A lot of the time, getting iCUE to see your RAM is about making sure the “SPD Write” setting is turned on in the BIOS. Other times, it’s about making sure other RGB software isn’t stepping on iCUE’s toes. Keep these tips in mind when troubleshooting, and with a bit of luck, you’ll get your RAM glowing in no time.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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