5 Symptoms of a RAM Problem and How to Fix It

Updated on April 29, 2016
What does a RAM stick look like?
What does a RAM stick look like?

What is RAM?

Random Access Memory, or RAM, is a way for your computer to store temporary data, rather than in a cache or permanent storage. Storage, often wrongly referred to as memory, is permanent data stored on a hard drive or solid state drive. A CPU cache is a small amount of often-needed memory that is stored on a CPU chip. Both the RAM and CPU cache are temporary data stores that are cleared when your computer is turned off.

One way to think of the difference between these different types of storage is to imagine them as paper documents. The cache is a list of names or numbers you constantly refer to and keep close at hand. A folder full of papers you may need for your current task is similar to computer memory or RAM. The file cabinet full of folders for all your projects is like the storage on your hard drive.

Memory problems are less common than other computer problems because memory sticks have no moving parts and thus fewer points of failure. However, due to this many RAM problems go undiagnosed. Memory usually will last longer than other computer components so manufacturers offer longer warranties for it than other parts. If you buy brand name memory it will likely have a lifetime warranty.

Symptoms of a RAM Problem

  • When you first turn on your computer it runs fine, but as you go about your business you notice that its performance diminishes. By lunch time, websites take minutes to load and local programs run at a snail's pace. This type of gradual deterioration of PC performance, especially with memory-intensive programs, may be caused by a RAM problem.
  • Your computer randomly restarts while you are in the middle of something or freeze sporadically. It may also reboot almost immediately upon opening the desktop. This could be a sign of faulty RAM.
  • A blue screen with white text flashes before restarting. Blue-screen errors are annoying because you don't even have a chance to read the error message. Bad RAM is one thing that cause them.
  • Files—particularly ones you frequently access and save—seem to be inexplicably corrupted. RAM issues can lead to this problem, which can worsen over time. The file structure of your hard drive may slowly degenerate and you will no longer be able to boot your machine.
  • Your attempts to install a new program repeatedly fail for unknown reasons. You try to reinstall the operating system, but keep getting odd error messages.

There are certainly a variety of problems that could cause the issues above, but faulty RAM is an often-overlooked root cause of inexplicable issues. If you have one or a combination of the above problems you are likely facing a memory issue.

What Causes Memory Damage?

  • Power surges can damage most computer components, including RAM. You should plug your computer and other expensive electronics into a surge protector. Make sure you know the difference between a surge protector and a power strip.
  • Before you handle any parts in your computer, make sure you ground yourself by touching a piece of grounded metal to discharge static electricity. Electrostatic discharge can damage your computer.
  • Excessive heat can cause RAM and other parts to wear out over time. Individual components can overheat, or heat from one component can cause damage to adjacent parts.
  • If you have overclocked any part of your computer incorrectly, it may cause damage in the form of excess heat.
  • Your memory module may have some fault that passed through quality control and worsened over time. This is the most likely cause behind a damaged RAM.

It is also possible that the memory module is fine, but one or more memory slots on your motherboard are defective, hindering the RAM's performance. The defect may even be so bad that it damages the memory stick.

Diagnosing the Problem

  • If the symptoms started after you recently added more memory, the new module could be faulty. This seems obvious, but any time a problem begins after making a change, first check to see if the change caused the problem.
  • Your computer may produce multiple beeps or a continuous beep when you turn it on. These beeps can indicate many different problems, including being a symptom of bad RAM. Beep codes vary depending on the manufacturer of your BIOS. You can look up the beep codes for your specific computer to figure out its specific problem.
  • If you are not comfortable fixing your computer yourself, I recommend taking your computer to a local repair store rather than a big retail store. Big stores are in the business of selling additional parts, not fixing problems.
  • If you are an advanced user, there are diagnostic programs that can help you figure out if you have a memory problem. Your computer may have one pre-installed by the manufacturer or you can download a third-party program. The Windows Memory Diagnostic by Microsoft is also good if you suspect memory problems on a Windows PC.
  • If the above programs indicate your memory sticks are functioning, but you still suspect a RAM problem or if you need to find which memory module is the problem, you can try removing the modules and placing them in different slots.

Installed RAM

What installed memory modules look like.
What installed memory modules look like.

Memory modules, pictured in the image above, are small circuit boards that lay perpendicular to the motherboard. Note that I removed many of the other components to make the memory more visible. If your computer has more than one module you should remove all of them except one and then run the diagnostic tests above or perform the task that normally causes the problem.

Fixing the Problem by Removing Memory

  • To remove a RAM module you need to press the tiny levers on each end to release it.
  • Test each of your memory modules one at a time to find which ones are bad. When you find the sticks that are bad you can order replacements. It is possible all the memory modules are damaged if your computer experienced a serious power surge.
  • If all the memory modules appear bad, then the problem is likely with the memory slot itself. Try testing each memory module in each of the memory slots to find if one of the slots is faulty. To fix a faulty slot you would need to replace your motherboard.
  • When replacing a module, make sure the indention on the bottom is lined up correctly with the slot and then press it in until you hear the levers snap. Note that some levers do not make a snapping sound.

RAM Slot Levers

The levers for the memory slot are white in this example.
The levers for the memory slot are white in this example.

Other Possible Problems

RAM problems often go undiagnosed, but they also can be misdiagnosed. Some common problems that have nothing to do with memory can cause the symptoms listed above:

  • Many of the symptoms listed above can actually be caused by a hard drive problem. You can run a utility called CHKDSK by pressing the Windows button and R at the same time, typing CHKDSK into the dialog box, and pressing enter. Alternatively, you can click on Computer, right-click the drive you intend to scan, click Properties, then the Tools tab, and click Check now. Note you will need to restart your computer. Also, be aware this process may take an extended amount of time to finish running. If you hear your hard drive making lots of noise during normal operation, it may be the cause of your problems. Defragmenting your drive every few months is a good idea as well.
  • If the performance problems occur during graphic-intensive programs such as games or rendering, your graphics driver could be outdated. Be sure to always keep your drivers up to date.
  • Excessive heat in your machine can cause a variety of problems.
  • Random reboots can be cause by a failing power supply.
  • Dirt and dust can also cause issues that look like memory problems. It is a good idea to clean dust out of your computer at least once a year, more often if you have furry pets.
  • Your computer can also have a virus. Note that many people automatically assume any problem with their computer is caused by a virus and many large retail repair stores frequently misdiagnose hardware problems as viruses. Make sure you have a good anti-virus program and run scans on a regular basis.

About Me

I became interested in computers at a young age and took formal computer repair classes. I repair computers on a regular basis for family, friends and friends of friends. I have also worked in technical support and repair roles for various companies.

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      abc 2 months ago

      it is very easy to learn for us.thank u

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      SpicyWizard 4 months ago

      @Yassinne Corsair has a lifetime warranty on RAM

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      Shikamounty 5 months ago

      After the memory test with "chk..." ,my computer refuse to boot,apparently windows is damaged.What can i do please ? Change hard drive ?

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      yassine 5 months ago

      my ram started not working after 3 months its the corsair vengeance 2x8gb at 2400 and i really need help is there any way of contacting them to get some sort of refund?? i cant spend another 90$ on a new stick

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      k.Rajnesh kumar nair 6 months ago

      good information , i have read it carefully , thank you

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      Dennis J. Scheidt 6 months ago

      What a wonderful post! I loved it. I learned a lot. From now on I will not just rely on my erasers to clean the memory when computer is not starting. Surely, i will use all of your tips.

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      infiniti25 7 months ago

      Some of the comments and issues listed could be fixed by simply accessing the BIOS/UEFI on bootup and setting the correct vDIMM voltage so the RAM has the power it requires, especially for the out of specification gaming RAM.

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      HARRISON EDWARDS 8 months ago


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      Wilbroad 8 months ago

      Thanks, this is very helpful

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      seyam 9 months ago


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      owais bhatt 9 months ago

      i have 6 gb of ram installed in my PC but m still getting no recommended resolution for my screen. also when i play any game it crashes in between. need help

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      Harris Levin 9 months ago

      I built my own computer but that doesn't help me diagnose problems of some of the sub-components. This little blog certainly was helpful. thanks so much

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      Anonymous Shit bag with a long username 11 months ago

      I have a question.My PC has had it's other RAM slot corrupted.How long does it last for my PC to get it's normal performance back?

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      Rahul Sharma 11 months ago

      The symptoms you mentioned were very similar to the ones I faced. I checked my ram slots and found that one ram slot is not working. Since I had two rams and both were working in the other slot, I am forced to use only one memory module. Is there any way to fix the faulty slot other than replacing the entire motherboard?

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      Cyan 11 months ago

      Hi sir,i have a dell 620s pc,it had some issues so i ran it by a local repair shop.now i suspect they have replaced my graphics card.is there anyway i can find out the truth?

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      Ciscoguy 12 months ago

      Thanks, this helped alot..

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      Pamela 14 months ago

      My Asus notebook freezes on the desktop after it boots up. Sometimes it says battery not detected. I can do nothing on this computer. tonight I found that after I left it on for almost an hour I can finally use it. Please help.

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      rakesh nayak 15 months ago

      nice suggestions

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      zeleke marew 15 months ago

      This is helpful to me Little Tanks .

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      Mike Miller 16 months ago

      Thank you for writing such a detailed article explaining many different things, its obvious that you not just know these things but understand them, and as a technician in an unrelated field the difference in knowing something and understanding something is night and day

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      Senior IS Specialist 17 months ago

      I've never seen more misleading publication, written by somebody who has never completed even starting base of A+ in computers!

      Hey, Administrators, where are you?

      Ban this perdoon forever!

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      jj95 17 months ago

      when iopen mycomputer in desktop it takes too much time to show the localdisk' is it problem of ram

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      Ankit 18 months ago

      the same things happened to my PC. i added a new RAM in the second plot. At first, it worked smoothly but after a week it my PC showed the above symptoms. From no.1 to no.5 everything happened the same. I took my PC to a local shop but without the new RAM. They repaired it in few hours. thenafter I inserted the new RAM again and it showed the same symptoms. So, i immediately removed it. Now, can't I use that RAM nomore? Is it totally damaged? Need help!! Please!!

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      Jyoti 18 months ago

      My laptop is not working properly. Like if i want to search somthing and if I press T something else start running and not performing the key function. It is happening with most of the keys (T,P,R,V) and other than these, all works perfectly. Pls help me how can I solve this problem.

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      sphinx3217 18 months ago

      I find this blog useful for everyone. So as a tech guy also I subscribe to your blog. This is a good blog.

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      Shubham 19 months ago

      Thank you for this helpful article. My question is that I have Asus Notebook X550C. I Removed its battery for one month and when I put it on and power on with charging It turned on. But when I enter my window password its display automatically shutted off and RAM was got heated. I have virus in my notebook and all drives are full memory including C drive. Please help me with this.

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      kazakslv 20 months ago

      i stick one ram then i flash a bios the stick back second ram and it works for my fine.

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      shravan 20 months ago

      i have Two rams each one is 512 mb

      i have tried to install operating system but i shows nothing

      only booting,then the blank screen and it gives a small beep sound

      is that a problem of RAM?

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      Raphael 21 months ago

      Ran memtest86,

      bootable it found more than 900 errors,

      1) are errors repairable ?

      2) the cache is on, how can I disable this ?

      3 how can I update the bios if I cant run any OS ?

      4) the bios does not have usb boot option.

      Machine info hp desktop, 64 x.

      ran a test diagnosis , no hard disc errors , no memory errors. , no cd /dvd errors,

      hdd one main nfts primary partition, formated.

      I tried to install linux , this is the result

      BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at fffffff68d5b6470

      ffffffff814f80 ? panic+0x193/0x1d7

      RIP: fffffff810b0837 cpuacct_charge+0x27

      CR2: fffffff68d5b6470

      Could you please send me answer to my internetcourrier.att. gmail

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      kera 21 months ago

      When I try to switch on my pc and press on the power button, the monitor does not give any signal of switching on. It just black out and doesnt display anything at all.

      Could u please help me how to fix this problem.

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      harsh 21 months ago

      Windows diagnostic detected a problem,after that I cleaned my pc ,but that hasnt changed a thing. Is there any thing else I can do other than replacing the RAM

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      Syd 22 months ago

      I've had problems with a certain thing inluding the app Steam, I play CS:GO Constantly and It always gives me vpk file errors, I've tried everything the forum has said for me to do and nothing works longer than a week, Ive read the article and I have several problems leading straight to a ram problem, Ive had my computer since 2012 and it has worked well but It has forced me to factory reset it a year or so ago and Im thinking that may be the source of my problem. It's as if I can't keep the files from corrupting and I have no idea what to do at this point. I just want it to be fixed so I can play my game with no worries anymore. If anyone has any suggestions that could lead to this problem I would love to hear them. In kind regards, Syd.

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      Nightmoan 22 months ago

      Hi, my laptop gets glitches in video and sometimes in videogames. It happens randomly after an hour or after a few hour of using it and it gets worst. If I restart it goes away. I have two 8Gbyte ram memories. Windows Memory Test said one of my memory is bad. I took out one, same problem, switched it with the other same problem, put the second in the other slot, same problem, put the first one back in the same slot as the second and still same problem. Can it be that, both of my memories or both of my memory slots are faulty?

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      alvin koshy 23 months ago


      I am not able to detect what is the problem with my computer. Earlier it kept giving me BSOD and the computer was getting slow and kept hanging when i played any game. So i changed my HDD and thought it would work well now. It has gotten better but it still keeps hanging every now and then and sometimes gives me BSOD. THe mouse cursor works but i am not able to refresh (F5) the screen. It keeps on showing the circle icon. I can access My computer but i cannot play anything. I am able to work the computer for 1 -2 hours or so normally but after that it keeps giving me problems. My config is Dell XPS L502x, i7 2nd gen. 6 GB RAM. 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. NVIDIA 2 gb Graphic card GT540m.

      Please help me to find what cud be the main cause. Also i did get the laptop cleaned 2-3 months back. Thankyou

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      Mohammed Arafath 23 months ago

      Well somewhat I'm able to understand , I'm using a transcend ram which works and sometimes does not work when fixing into the slot , the manufacturer on replacing me with new motherboard told me that there is a problem with ram , however I didn't respond to it , eventually after a few days mistaken my mother dropped the cpu , on turning on the smps shouts a lot giving a fast fan noise , and drastically the system slowed down , Is this a problem of Ram or HDD ,Kindly help me with this issue

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      fgt123 23 months ago

      guys pls i need some free ram i is very poor!!! tyyyyyy'

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      dan 2 years ago

      I had a Packard bell laptop resent ones made in 2014, after I have used it for a period of 13moths, it went off like a TV when power cut off. and since then it never start up. help…

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      MANIGANDAN 2 years ago from chennai

      Excellent post.Thanks for sharing this message.Really,Your blog is not only instructive but useful too. http://sukere.com

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      sam 2 years ago

      Whenever i try to start

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      Ashish Chaudhary 2 years ago from New Delhi

      Very Nice!!!

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      amogne 2 years ago

      good notes

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      Zahib Imtiaz 2 years ago

      Does putting the desktop computer to sleep instead of shutdown degrade the RAM? My computer sleeps after 30 minutes, I have allowed hybrid sleep, hibernates after 60 minutes.

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      mico 2 years ago

      Hi my cpu is turning on but im hearing 4 beeps and my monitor is turning into power saving mode

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      mannu 2 years ago

      hi my laptop has 8 gb of ram but it is showing 3.49 gb usable. is this a big issue of concern? how can I make sure dat it show me full ram to be usable

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      Nishant 2 years ago

      Hi my problem is that some time before i am getting blue screen but i ignored because it would come sometime. I ran anti virus nothing found then now i getting it blue screen much and much so i just install a new windows also clean pc at home but not able to clean motherboard . sometime the windows setup would stop in between get some error but when one time it install it started pc also before i have tried every slot of ram i only have one ram stick of 4 gb. So when i started pc it ran for some time then i connected net to update driver or i work some time on it again blue screen theen every time it give blue screen also repeated the process but nothing work i think that it might be my ram has some problem what do you say

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      Nikhil 2 years ago

      I was using my cpu with 1gb ddr2 ram. When I change it's slot and start my cpu it is giving a beep like sound . Will you please give me the reason and solution of this problem

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      Caro 2 years ago

      My cpu gives out 2 beeps after start up. The RAMs seems to be loose. I took them out and replace. But still the same.

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      drprasad 2 years ago

      Very good article & is very useful

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      deepesh 2 years ago

      i have a problem in my new pc it shows me blue screen it shows memory management problem i run mtest86 to check my ram but it found no errors...should i replace my ram i m running windows 8 and i reinstall window also but again i get this blue screen problem..please help me to solve this problem..

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      Alex 2 years ago


      I have a Mac and recently it's has been very slow and often freezes so I have to force quite applications. It also doesn't make the chime it usually makes when I turn it on. It now has completely frozen and even when I restart it it just loads up with the spinning wheel. I did a diagnostic start up and it said there was an error in the memory module. How do I fix this and how did it occur? Thank!

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      Bhabna 3 years ago from bangladesh

      surely this great article will help us lot.but i think it is practical thing rather then theoretical.

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      Ed 3 years ago

      Hi, i have a dell inspiron 580 one day while working on my proyet the scren wen black and my power buttom star flashing amber!! After that happen i have been able to start my computer a couple times ,but some other times i try the power buttom just keep flashing amber and beeping noise ..please help

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      Robert Sacchi 3 years ago

      Thank you. This gives me some areas to check out.

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      Angela Kane 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I have owned computers for years and I have all those problems at one time or another. Many were attributed to other things, but the main cause seemed to be the RAM. I will definitely use these tips the next time I have an issue with my RAM.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i saw the technicians used erase to rub the ram and install again. No problem with that

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      Karl 3 years ago

      I have a Dell D630 which started displaying pink lines across the screen as it was in use, then started to turn off by itself, then it wouldn't boot up at all I suspected a bad hard drive to be the reason, replaced the 160 gb HDD with a larger capacity (1TB HDD) one. Now I press the On button but it will not boot up, I can hear the fan spinning and the HDD attempting to start but no booting up at all, I should mention I noticed the new HDD does not have a 4 pin block in next to the SATA data and power connectors. any advice will be very much appreciated.

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      ravi 3 years ago

      Sir .some time my computer make continue beep when i start my com....but some time my com work correctly.......is there ram's fault.

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      wawie 3 years ago

      I have a problem with my desktop.. when i turn on i heard 3 beeps..

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Excellent advice about RAM, which can cause all sorts of problems. Adding extra is also a great way to speed up your PC, but it's important to get the compatible variety. So far, no problems with mine. :-) Touch wood.

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      ttayo 3 years ago

      Sorry my hp system usually display blue light nd restarts immediately but now when I switch it on the caplock would blink several times and the screen wouldn't display anything!...what can u diagnose from this please?

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Nice Hub, when ruling other issues out with PC problems, or by process of elimination, RAM is the last thing I look at. Maybe it's something I should consider a little more.

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      Freaksense 3 years ago

      I gain more knowledge from your blog. Now, I can fix Upgrade RAM memory. Thanks a lot.... Please post more blogs related it. If you want to know more about it, then visit on this link http://freaksense.com/2014/08/error-ram-memory-mac...

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      Nancy 3 years ago

      Thanks for giving me ideas how to fix computer.

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      akashay 3 years ago

      Hi i have problem with my pc. Its starting motherboard & processor fan & smps is on condition but keyboard & mouse is off condition bios not appear monitor screen does not show what is the problem pls help me

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      Aman 3 years ago

      RAM problem is a big issue in computer. Due to my faulty RAM, I was getting Blue screen memory dump error in my PC till I solved the problem through http://www.infocurse.com/fix-blue-screen-memory-du...

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      perumal 3 years ago

      hai friends im using dynet ddr3 ram now this is can't proper work so i need a help how to cure the problem

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      charlie 3 years ago

      my pc froze on me last night the screen became a light blue.Now I can't get in my pc.What would cause this problem.Was reading a lot of post and I removed one ram and the screen black is it a bad ram or worse.

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      Michi 3 years ago

      Hey :),

      i got a 'BSOD' with 'NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM' error on Windows 8.1. I added to my laptop a second HDD 1 TB and 8 GB RAM. After a few weeks i get this smiley blue screen, do you know how to solve this? (I hope my motherboard is ok)

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      kittu4805 3 years ago

      Hi i have problem with my pc. Its starting and with in 2 seconds its getting turn off.. i removed ram and tried system is getting started. What's the probleme how could i get rid out of the problem

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      Mike 3 years ago

      Hi . i have a amd pc & i know it have a overheating prob. i game on it so u can understand my prob. my question here is would a new fan replacement will solve the issue? if yes then what kind of fan should i buy ?

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      Arpan Gupta 4 years ago

      my system problem is diffrent-

      i have a pair of 1 gb ram, if i apply one of them my system works but if i apply both of them my system starts restarting after using it 5 to 10 minutes. please give me some suggestions to solve this problem .

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      adam 4 years ago

      i m having problem whenever i extract zip file (1 gb or more) it gives CRC failed error at some point during extraction and sometimes i get BSOD while surfing and playing games i tried running memtest but i could not reach any conclusion about this problem bcz whenever i tried memtest on combined ram it fails and when i tried memtest on individual ram.,No error found and tried on every slot as well so what should i do in this situation???Any suggestion ??

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      Josh 4 years ago

      Ok let me get your advice on this. I had a computer at work I was using to program Plc. My boss's son got on the computer's and invited a rather nasty virus in which crashed all the computers in the office in one day. Since then the teck came in and cleaned house. My boss asked if I could build a computer to use for myself rather then buying one. Knowing a "little" bit and being and idiot I said I would try. I build the computer and pulled what data I could off the old hard drive. "It had files on it worth far more then ten computers" it worked fine for 2 month then the "blue screen of death" which was how the old computers started dying. So my first guess was" virus" it must have been brought over with the data. No problem I have made paper copy of the programs by now. So while it is painful I could retypt the programs back in. I then reformate hard drive and reinstall os "windows 7 home " . It then works for 2 weeks then bsod. Ok I googled the problem and read that in some cases it can live through a format and still be on the hard drive. Ok so I pull hard drive out and replace it with a brand new one. Again 2 weeks and bsod. So more googling .I call motherboard manufacturer they say to update bios I try that still 2 weeks in bsod. Ok by this time I am mad. time to pull out the big guns . I Pull out the credit card. New mother board new hard drive new power supply.Install all this and again 2 weeks later bsod. I didn't get new ram I used the old one from the computer that I just build. Not from the computer that had the virus . I talked to a guy he says" you probably just had bad ram and it just looked like a virus was transferred " so ok I put new ram in it and again bsod 2 weeks later. I ask him again. He said well some times when you have had bad ram it can corrupt the virtual ram and just replacing the ram won't do it. You need to reset the virtual ram as well . That is we're I am now. O I also upgraded to windows 7 professional durring all this. What do you think?

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      Sapatya 4 years ago

      Comp. starts, but not showing anything on screen. Give me some extension plz.

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      Tim Anthony 4 years ago

      @adam You do not need to clean your computer once every week. It's a good habit to take care of your system so nicely. Once a couple of weeks shall do just fine.

      About the BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), I suspect it is just a RAM slot issue. I recommend you to inspect recently installed/uninstalled software that may concern the system files. You mentioned that there was some kind of conflict with the registry, hence I recommended you so. Please tell me which operating system you have? Windows 7 or Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, and the operating system version please.

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      adam 4 years ago

      Hi there I recently encountered a problem. My computer started freezing them blue screened I restarted the computer and it wouldn't get to windows. I thought it may be a ram problem. I took the ram out of the 2nd slot and it booted no blue screen I also cleaned the registry as it had conflicts. So I assumed it was the 2nd slot was bad. All seemed well and then the next day it started freezing again. Any suggestions.

      I have 2x4gb ddr3 ram.

      Oc. 3.8ghz athlon ii x4 with uprated cooling. Cleaned on a regular basis I mean weekly I haven't checked the ram slot for dust yet though.

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      Tim Anthony 4 years ago

      @carla... a little bit of cleaning took care of the problem, I got to say I never suspected that... ;) By the way, I would be more than happy if that link I gave helps you in any way to add to your knowledge of computers.

      This hub entreri28 is really very nice and informative. I am confident many people will surely find it very helpful and informative. :)

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      Tim Anthony 4 years ago

      @nicomp... It is safe. All you need to get the thing working is a reboot. But, be clear about the knowledge of virtual memory. Peace.

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I wouldn't mess with virtual memory size on a Windows box...

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      Tim Anthony 4 years ago

      @Carla. I am sorry I could not come online for three days. I was not feeling well. I hope the issue is resolved by now. But, just in case it isn't, here is a link to help you out of it.


      All the best.

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      ZU 4 years ago

      since last day my laptop is showing weird!once my screen became black n cpu usage increased,n after 1 hr while surfing,suddenly screen became blurred like in tv when there is no channel signal coming...

      what can be cause of it?

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      carla mae tucz 4 years ago

      @westelCS hi sir yep i tried that method already but i don't see any changes.. And i don't know if my #'s is correct.. Can u teach me how.. Got new already but still the same :(

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      entreri28 4 years ago from Joplin, MO


      The only advice I have is to make sure you put everything back in properly.

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      john 4 years ago

      I have a problem I remove my ram then I returned it back then whe I turned on my laptop my computer screen went to black..

      please help

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      Tim Anthony 4 years ago

      Carla, you can try to increase the Virtual Memory of your system. It sure does help.

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      carla mae tucz 4 years ago

      yes sir entreri28 but still the % of ram still high [cpu meter].. maybe you're right.. i guess i will need to buy new one..

      your hub-pages is very helpful... thank u so much sir entreri28

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      Tim Anthony 4 years ago

      This is really a very helpful article. I did not knew this much. Dust does effects the performance and hardware, specially RAM. Sometimes the system seems to be dropping the processing speed, but cleaning RAM can just solve the problem.

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      entreri28 4 years ago from Joplin, MO


      Try to shut down any programs you are not using. Programs running in the background still take up RAM. It would probably be best to buy more RAM. Even if the game recommends 1GB it would probably run slow if that is all that is available.

      Make sure you run your anti-malware scans to make sure you do not have programs running you do not know about.

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      Carla Mae Tucz 4 years ago

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      entreri28 4 years ago from Joplin, MO

      Carla, does your computer recognize the 4GB of RAM?

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      Carla Mae Tucz 4 years ago

      hi i have a problem with my ram also and i don't know if its ram .. i know you can help me with this ... every time i click the launcher and i got some message pop up and its says

      ''you currently do not have enough RAM.

      you are recommended to have at least 1GB of available RAM for optimal gameplay. any lesser than that my render your game unstable''

      but i have 4Gb n ram and i have 1 online game installed on my drive C .. and my drive D is empty ..

      i tried to follow the 3 ways to fix virtual memory but my ram is still in 87% which is not

      good i think.. because if it's normal it will 30% only

      sorry bad english... pls help me

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      entreri28 4 years ago from Joplin, MO


      I want to make sure I understand completely. Your problem only occurs in certain programs(Chrome and a chess game)? If you run Firefox and other programs it runs fine?

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      Narendranbarath 4 years ago

      i have a strange problem for years, totally changed 3 hard disks,, but the problem is not in hard disk. i start my computer and work with chrome mostly, within 15 minutes my computer will turnoff, (not shutting down or restart) it shows no signal in monitor but the cpu will run even after that. I have to use restart button to work on it again. My first hdd. it corrupted after several turnoff. i dono anything abt pc at that times, service center man just told there my hdd is corrupted and that's the problem. I believed that. and bought my 2nd hdd. Again several turnoff occurred. My 2nd hdd shows error msg indicating there is a problem with hard disk of this computer. finally it also failed. i contacted a different service man, he said ram slots are not good and that's causes the problem and we paid 1200 for him, He confirmed me there is no heat problem and mother board is just fine and he even assures me that there will be no problme anymore. So i bought a new 3rd hdd. The problem started within 1 day itself. again system getting turnedofff showing no signal msg in monitor.. The 3rd hdd is running for past 3 months, till now there may be approximately more than 30 turnoff occurred. An now i am in fear that this would also may get corrupted soon. One more strange thing is if i opened mozilla no problem occurs, but i only use chrome, the problem will also occur if i open microsoft preloaded chess game. I don't know what exactly going on my pc. Can anyone help me??

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      nicomp really 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I have Ram problems too. Its a 2012 and it won't start in cold weather. I think it's the fuel filter. Next time I'll buy a Ford.

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      James Richton 4 years ago from USA

      I have had some ram problems. I took my ram into a shop and they couldn't do anything. I'll be trying out some of these options.

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      entreri28 4 years ago from Joplin, MO


      It seems you have tried many different ways to fix the problem. I don't really know what else to recommend you try. The RAM may or may not be faulty. Sometimes even RAM that is supposed to be compatible does not work. I would try to return it and try different RAM honestly.

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      Jessica Bosari 4 years ago from Plymouth, Massachusetts

      You're really awesome to be so responsive on this page. It's hard to find someone who knows a lot and is willing to take the time to share that knowledge too!

      So, here's my problem... I'm loathe to give up on the RAM I bought for my upgrade and am hoping you can spot the problem. Here's what I've done so far:

      I purchased a used PC that was described as functioning except for a bad PSU. The machine came with:

      Asus M4A78L-M Mobo (64 bit)

      2 GB (1 x 1) installed DDR2 RAM

      PowerColor ATI 5670 graphics card

      AMD Phenom II 955 black Quad Core CPU

      No HDD

      I replaced the failing PSU with a Corsair CX500M (500 Watts)

      I installed a Western Digital black caviar 1TB 7200 RPM HDD

      These two improvements had the system up and running (I'm writing you from the machine now). When playing Minecraft on 32 bit windows, it had some intermittent, jerky, stop-and-start type lag, but was playable.

      I decided that upgrading the RAM may help with this lag.

      I ordered generic RAM because DDR2 is so ridiculously expensive. I know generic is not ideal, but...

      The memory is 8GB (2X4GB) NEMIX RAM Memory DDR2 800MHz PC2-6400 Desktop DIMM 240 PIN - I checked with a Tom's Hardware geek (I mean geek in a good way) and the seller of the card. Both thought the RAM should run in this system.

      Mobo specs page (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M4A78LM/#specific... says the mobo can take the following:

      2 x DIMM, Max. 8 GB, DDR2 1200(O.C.)/1066*/800/667 ECC,Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory

      Dual Channel memory architecture

      *DDR2 1200(O.C.)/1066 is supported by AM3/AM2+ CPU only. Refer to www.asus.com for the AM3/AM2+ CPU models.

      *Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Hence, a total installed memory of less than 3GB is recommended.

      ** Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for Memory QVL (Qualify Vendor List)

      So, when installed, the computer would boot, but not post, no beeps, no bios, just blank screen.

      I tried the following trouble shooting measures:

      Flash update of BIOS to most recent version.

      Reset CMOS (which also resets BIOS to default) by removing and replacing coin battery.

      Tried each stick individually in each slot, also tried switching the slots while running both sticks.

      Upgraded to 64 bit Windows 7 instead of 32 bit, updated all drivers and ran all windows updates.

      Wash and repeat of trying each stick in each slot, etc.

      Tried running without graphics card.

      Visually compared the card configuration against FBDimm to be sure it is the right type of card.

      The card was made in US by Texas Instruments.

      So, with a heavy heart, I reinstalled the original 1x1 RAM, which has the system running again.

      So, I'm sure the board is fine and the slots are fine. What I don't understand, even with generic, is how both new sticks of memory (not used or refurbished) could fail. Wouldn't just one or the other fail when you have a matched pair like this and try them individually in each slot? I understand that new memory failures are rare, so both failing seems twice as rare.

      Another confusion comes from looking at the Qualified Vendors List for memory from Asus. The machine is supposed to take up to 8GB, but the list only shows up to 4096MB(Kit of 2). Is that saying 2 sticks of 4GB or 2 sticks of 2GB to make 4GB? Just want to be sure there isn't something I'm missing as far as how much RAM the machine can handle.

      So... I very much appreciate you taking the time to try to help me out of my pickle. I can return the generic ram, but I'd rather get it running, Also, I really don't want to go spend $250 on QVL ram and have that fail on me too. Thanks so much!

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      Carolina 4 years ago

      when i watch a movie after almost 1 hour the sound quality gets really bad and the laptop strats to work really slow.. sometimes it may start running slow after i spend some time on it.. is it a RAM problem? if yes how can i fix it?

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      entreri28 4 years ago from Joplin, MO


      I think you probably have a problem with the new video card drivers. You should start in safe mode and try reinstalling the drivers and/or updating them. Power on your computer and hold the F8 button to start safe mode. You will get a prompt and select Safe Mode with Networking so you can access the internet to get the new drivers.


      I would call Dell tech support. If it is still under warranty they will have you run through some steps to check if it is unfixable and will have yous end it in to be fixed. If it is not under warranty, take it to a local computer repair store.

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      Kim 4 years ago

      Hey, my desktop lets me turn it on and it just turn off after a few minutes and have beeps sound. It's from dell. I know it is a ram problem and I really would like to know how can I fix it? Should I bring my computer to a shop where they fix it? If I can fix it myself, how should I fix it? Any replies will be appreciated.