How to Replace Corrupt RAM on Your Computer
Random Access Memory (RAM) determines the speed and memory of your computer. If RAM is corrupt or distorted, the applications will not open at all or they'll run slowly. If the RAM is found to be corrupt, remove it immediately. In order to help solve this problem, the first step is to use memory testing programs. Follow the steps below to replace corrupt RAM on your computer
Replacing Corrupt RAM
1.Know the indications of a corrupt RAM for replacing it. The major signs of bad RAM are long beeps, blue screen or random crashes when you run programs such as Photoshop or games.
2.Run the memory test software to determine if RAM is corrupt. You can easily download this software online. Visit "Microsoft Online Crash Analysis" (See link below), which leads you to "Download Windows Memory Diagnostic." You may also try Freedownloadscenter or Snapfiles (see links below).
3.Remember that if you have multiple memory sticks, you need to run the memory test software individually for each stick.
4.Verify the type of existing RAM. Depending on the type of RAM, you will need to install either SIMM (single in-line memory module) or DIMM (dual in-line memory module) chips. You may have a single 1 GB chip or a pair of 512 MB chips.
5.Learn more about different types of RAM and notice differences between them in speed and parity. The most common types are SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic RAM) and RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic RAM). Pentiums and Celerons have SDRAM installed in the CPU. Newer machines have DDR (Double-Data-Rate) and RDRAM.
6.Become familiar with the installation process. First switch off your computer and shut down the power completely, if it is on. Disconnect all cables originating from and to the CPU carefully.
7.Open your computer case by using a + screwdriver.
8.Understand your motherboard. Locate the RAM socket, video card, hard drive and the processor box before you begin the installation process.
9.Examine the RAM socket (memory slots) and clean any dirt before inserting the RAM chip. Never use a cloth or liquid spray to clean. Carefully use a vacuum cleaner instead.
10.Open the RAM socket latch. The latch will often be secured with the clips to hold the RAM chip in place. Open all the clips. Your computer may have a 72-pin or 164-pin RAM socket, depending on the year of manufacture.
11.Place the chips securely in the latch and re-clip it. You should hear a "snap" sound that indicates proper locking.
12.Test the RAM installation. Put the covers on but do not screw the case closed. Reconnect all cables and switch on your computer. Look for BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) by pressing F2 or F8 on startup. Navigate the menu to locate RAM memory and make sure that the RAM you installed is detected.
13.Reboot your computer. Use My Computer to authenticate the newly installed RAM. Put all the screws back to the original position. Your computer should now run smoother and faster with more RAM
Note: You should always start with: Before opening your computer, always turn off all power to it, and touch an earthed metal object to remove any static electricity in your body to prevent a static spark from damaging components. You may even want to use a special anti-static wrist strap, which you will find in any good electronics store.
Use the correct tool kit when installing RAM. Be patient and handle the RAM chip with care..Refer to the user's manual that comes with the package..Ensure that the work area is clean before you begin the installation process. Keep all liquids away as they can damage your computer's components..Do not touch, alter or remove any component from the motherboard, other than the cables, in order to create clear access to the RAM socket
Download Windows Memory Diagnostic
Or try this:
I have tried many different memory testing utilities but finally I stopped on Memtest 86+. So far it is one of the best free memory test utilities and I use it everyday. You can find this utility on the Memtest 86+ homepage.
To test your memory modules you have to do next:
1.download Memtest 86+.
Choose Download Ė Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip) if you want to burn it on CD.
Choose Download Ė Pre-Compiled package for Floppy (DOS Ė Win) if you want to place the utility on a floppy disk. I usually use CD because most computers have a CD drive and itís much faster to start the test from a CD disc.
2.Change the boot order on your computer to boot from a floppy drive or from a CD/DVD drive.
3.Insert the floppy disk or the CD disc with Memtest 86+ into the computer.
4.Start the computer.
If you did everything right, you computer will start from the floppy or the CD and the memory testing utility will start automatically.
If your memory passed the test, you will not see any red error messages.
I usually allow a memory module pass the test 4-5 times. Iíve seen many times that a failing memory doesnít fail the test on the firs pass and then fails on the second or third pass.
If your memory failed the test you will see red error messages
Note: if your Mem is okay try this (because a driver or hardware may cause the problem):
please try to perform a clean boot and check
whether the issue occurs under clean boot:
Please do as follows:
1. Click Start->Run...->type msconfig and press Enter
2. Click Services tab and select Hide All Microsoft Services and Disable
All third party Services.
3. Click Startup tab and Disable All startup items
4. Click OK and choose Restart
5. After reboot, check whether the problem still occurs