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Question About Using Bad Ram

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#1 Xplosive^


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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:19 PM

Can using bad ram damage the motherboard ? or just computer crashes? thx in advance

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#2 JPHarvey


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Posted 18 May 2006 - 09:44 PM

As far as I know it shouldn't hurt the MB. Don't quote me on that one but!

Woops.... I meant shouldn't! :thumbsup:

Edited by JPHarvey, 18 May 2006 - 09:45 PM.

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#3 The Shadow

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 10:03 AM

Did I miss something here?

How are you going to run a computer with bad ram?

Isn't that like asking if its ok to drive your car with a blown engine?

If you already know that your RAM is bad, replace it at once.
Bad ram will (or can) caues your OS to write bad data to your hard drive, corrupting it.
It can also corrumpt program files or data that you use daily.
Blue screens of death (BSOD's), crashes and lock-up's are common bad-ram problems.

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#4 pascor22234


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Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:45 PM

Using bad RAM is like playing Russian Roulette. Except you can have any number of bullets in the gun. If the OS and apps just happen to not use those bad RAM addresses everything will work. At least temporarily. However, its just a matter of time before RAM usage increases and this will cause a crash.

Now's the time to do memory testing before anything else. Memtest86 is a stand-alone memory tester that is very thorough. The program is available as an .ISO disc image and needs to be burned to a CD with a burning program that can burn ISO images such as Nero, Roxio or the free CDBurnerXP Pro. It's also available in a bootable floppy image.

If you have mutiple RAM modules then test them one at a time to isolates the bad one(s). Let Memtest86 complete a whole set of tests with no errors detected before deciding that module is good.

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