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How'd You Know If Memory Is The Problem?

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#1 miguelj


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Posted 26 June 2006 - 04:33 PM

For more than a week now, I've been having a hard time starting my computer. When I turn it on, I would just beep a lot of times without stopping. I brought it to the computer shop and he just removed the memory and reinstalled it and said it was the only problem. When I got home, the computer just beeped and it won't start. He said I should remove it again and reconnect it. So far, it's starting up fine but I'm not sure if the problem is really over.

How'd you know if the memory is not properly connected? How can my ram become unseated even when I've been using the computer for 2 months without problems? I don't move or shake my PC so how can it not be properly connected?

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#2 JPHarvey


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Posted 26 June 2006 - 07:02 PM

The connections on the RAM and MB can become corroded after time. Try using a simple pencil eraser on your RAM chip connectors (rub as if someone had drawn on them with pencil, but not too hard) to clean them. Also use a can of compressed air to clean the RAM slot on the MB. It may solve the seating problem...but at least wont do anything bad!

Hope that helps! :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 June 2006 - 07:25 PM

I would try cleaning the memory stick first as suggested, however, if your PC is only two months old I would not expect to see much corrosion on the contacts.

When I first built my computer I had memory issues that seemed to be "cured" by reseating, but they kept coming back. After a few random incidents, I bit the bullet and ran Memtest86+ -- yup, the memory module was bad. :thumbsup:

I suggest you go to http://www.memtest.org/ and download either the precompiled ISO in zip format (this makes a bootable CD) or the precompiled package for floppy (to make a boot floppy). Both downloads have readme files with instructions on making the boot disk. The webpage has loads of information on using the program. But please, do the download and make the disk on a healthy computer, not one whose memory is suspect.

The good news is that most memory comes with a warranty, and will be replaced at no charge other than shipping (if applicable). :flowers:

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