Cleaver Posted October 31, 2006 Share Posted October 31, 2006 I purchased my computer about 2 years ago with a single 512 MB stick of RAM. Everything worked fine, but the games I was buying were beginning to get more intense and I found the need for more RAM. Therefore, I bought an identical stick of 512 MB ValueRam. Everything worked fine. Somewhat recently my computer began to have issues starting up. It would often lock up on bootup, and if it failed to boot on the first try it would progressively boot to a lesser point in the startup process (ie, first try might get to login screen then freeze, second try might get to Windows Splash screen, load a bit, and freeze, third try might just get to splash screen and freeze, etc.). This would go on until I completely cut power to motherboard and tried again. Brought it to a local computer shop expecting Power Supply problems. They tested my computer with a different power supply, still didn't work. Technician decided to try to run a MemTest and verified that I had a bad sector in one of my sticks of RAM. Apparenlty the sector was later on in the sequence, and only proved problematic when a lot of memory was in use. Once the faulty stick was pulled out the computer ran perfectly, and even booted a bit faster. I suspect that the RAM has been faulty for awhile, as I often had problems such as random crashes while playing memory intensive games like Battlefield 2, however I never identified the problem as the RAM, but instead I figured it was just the computer overheating. It's only recently that the startup problems began to occur. However, the computer boots and runs perfectly minus that faulty stick. Kyle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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