Is my RAM broken?

Dell / Xps 420
August 6, 2009 at 21:23:57
Specs: Windows Vista 32bit
Hi!

For about half a year now my computer has been randomly freezing up. Everything will stop and when I try to bring up the task manager, I will recieve a "security" error.
To fix this, I shut down my computer by holding down the button on the front of the tower until the computer completely shuts down. I then let it sit with the side open for a few hours to cool it down. I restart a few times but the problem continues in shorter intervals until the computer won't even start up anymore. I then run start-up repair.
Start-up repair doesn't find any problems so it does a system restore. Once this is complete, the computer runs fine for a few more days. However, the past few days, I have been having this problem every 9 hours or so. Just today, I have had to do four system restores.
When I try to run games which I was able to play fine last week, I will play them for about 30 minutes and recieve an "out of memory" error.
I checked how much of the RAM my computer is using when just sitting on the desktop with a majority of the background tasks closed and it's using about 56% of the 3GB.
I have scanned for virus' and found none.

What's up?


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#1
August 7, 2009 at 00:41:00
Well you might need to run a full check on the Hard disk of the system. See if check disk and defrag can do some things.

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#2
August 7, 2009 at 00:42:28
What virus scan program are you using? Try Malware Bytes to check for Trojan Horses as well and Kapersky. I've had bad memory and usually what you'll get is a BSOD. Some games also leak kernal memory and if you're running right to the end of your RAM with background programs, it could feasibly run out of RAM mid-game. Windows offers a memory diagnostic program that you can run on your system to check your memory sticks. Go to the Microsoft site and download their memory program. You will need a floppy drive or a writeable CD with a program allowing you to create bootable CD's out of blank CD's as you'll need the CD to boot from to run the memory test.

If you have to cool your PC down before starting it again, you might try and check your running temps to see if your PC is overheating.


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#3
August 7, 2009 at 08:43:41
If you have your windows vista install cd, go ahead and pop it in and boot from it. go to the repair section and run a memmory test. also if you think that you are convinced that it's the ram, go ahead and download a memory test such as memtest86+. Search google for it.

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#4
August 7, 2009 at 10:03:01
Thanks, I will try those out!

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#5
August 7, 2009 at 11:55:05
Post your PC's temperatures.

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#6
August 9, 2009 at 22:01:42
Well that is true most of the time Temperature affects the action of a computer.

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