We discussed last time what and what the memory (or RAM) is. The inevitable question “Do I have enough RAM?” also appeared in our eyes in the life of any machine. But how do you know it works, and if it doesn’t work, what can you do?
Memory has both positive and negative attributes. Good: if it’s faulty, almost instantly your computer will have problems, and you can’t ignore them. Bad: It’s not always easy to decide if the problem is memory. In any case, if your memory is faulty, repair it; it is not set. Some of the signs you need to find here.
Death Blue Screen (or BSOD)
You have seen or read about a BSOD if you’ve been using a computer for some time now. It’s bad for most people because it always means something disastrous for Windows that stopped everything they did and stopped (in fact, they used to be called STOP errors). The blue screen won’t tell you much, but seek an error-code from 0x. Put this code in a search engine, and you can find more information about the context of the mistake. The blue screen can also explicitly link to the memory. This typically means that there was a problem reading or writing memory content. It could be a physical flaw or a problem with the software.
(Hey, Rock, might this be one of the electric recharge stuff you alluded to in your reboot post?
Errors with Windows
Although less dramatic than the BSOD, memory loss can also lead to error messages from Windows. Record any codes or memory references. Copy the message exactly, put it in your favorite search engine, and see what’s happening.
The PC will not start.
It’s a normal one. Fortunately, most systems can say whether the memory has a boot time problem. Often you listen to a beep sequence, and on the screen, a message appears. The message is typically more descriptive than the BSOD, so read attentively.
Okay, so the memory seems to be terrible. What now?
The measures above are a general guide, not a memory problem solving all in all. But if you find that you have memory trouble by studying and investigating, this is a successful sequence of events to follow.
DISCLAIMER: This requires the openness and management of your PC. Your guarantee may be revoked. If not done safely, it can also be risky. I don’t have any bad outcomes (although you shouldn’t get them if you do it right). Often turn off the power and unplug the device before hardware adjustment. Consult a technician in case of doubt.
RAM modules trouble solving
More than one memory stick is in most modern computers (you can see what RAM slots look like here, with and without RAM in them). Remove a stick from the monitor, turn it up. Have the same problem still? Try the other sticks. Try one of them. If you remove a RAM stick and you get misplaced, then you know that either the RAM stick you just removed or the slot inserted into the troublemaker (we’ll call it the slot and RAM suspected of being removed for the time being). In the suspect slot, reinsert the suspect stick of RAM. Try to put the suspect RAM stick in a different slot if the problem is returned. Have any issues yet? Then the RAM stick is defective. Don’t have any issues? The suspicious slot is presumably the guilty one. In this scenario, the slot or a new motherboard would have to be avoided. If there is no problem with going away with some combination of RAM/slots, then you either look at a) a bad motherboard, b) many bad RAM sticks or slots, or c) not at all a RAM question.
Faulty RAM replacement
There’s a lot of different memory forms. I recommend you look up online if you’re unsure what it takes to fix your defective stick. This information is given on the website of your manufacturer. You can search the model or a serial number of the device if you have the brand name computer you have purchased before assembling and place it in the search box on the factory website. You will find the model number on the motherboard and visit the manufacturer’s website if you have designed your machine or have not had a manufacturer name. You will find what sort of memory your machine supports in either case. You can go to your local computer store and get your needed replacement component.