RAM issue

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by BouncingSoul, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. BouncingSoul

    BouncingSoul Stranger Than Fiction Political User

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    I've had enough bizarre system crashes in my day to know when I have bad RAM. But I've never seen a stick die completely and the system keep functioning. That appears to be my situation right now. I have 1 gig (two 512 sticks) installed but system properties only shows 512 total system memory. I guess what I'm wondering is if I should just order more ram or do I need to thoroughly examine my system and see if there might be a problem with the ram slot or maybe the whole motherboard. I keep delaying my plan to build a new system but if this is more than just a bad stick I'm going to have to get on it.

    **EDIT**

    Opened the case and checked for loose connections. Everything seemed fine, rebooted and it's showing a full gig again. I have no idea what (if anything) that means.
     
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  2. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    A memory stick was loose in the socket and you reseated it when poking around.

    There is a bad trace/RAM socket on the MB and pushing and pulling made it reconnect for now.

    There was oxide build up on the socket/ram stick pins and moving it broke the oxide.

    I'd vote for #1. Either leave it alone and hope it keeps working until upgrade day arrives or if you're feeling lucky pull both sticks and reinsert them. To make sure they have a good connection.

    Next time it dies run CPUz and see which stick is not reproting. It will help in trouble shooting.
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2007