Can a memory stick break a computer?

Gigabyte / M61pme-s2
October 25, 2011 at 02:00:52
Specs: xp, 3 GHz / 4 GB
My laptop died recently. Completely, not a sign of life. And I who have told others to back up had files on that hard drive without a recently backup.

My solution was to buy another laptop, some model, on an online auction. I swapped the hard drive from my old machine into the new one and all was well....

... until I also put the extra memory stick also into the new laptop. Its demise was sudden and complete. Removing said memory stick did no good; it was just dead.

Can a bad memory stick kill a computer?


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October 25, 2011 at 03:20:35
Are you talking about a USB stick or SODIMM stick of ram?

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October 25, 2011 at 05:08:10
Memory MUST be added or removed with the power completely OFF. On a laptop this means shutting it down and removing the battery. If you did the memory install with the power connected, that probably caused the problem.
It is also possible that a true short on the memory can actually cause a problem with the motherboard on the laptop.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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