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Acer Aspire ast180-ud381a desktop
July 17, 2010 at 14:42:13
Specs: Vista Basic, AMD 2.4 1 GB
I got a used computer yesterday from a local shop. I got it home it showed 768MB ram. So I added a 512 MB stick. It worked for a few minutes showed 1.25 GB of ram. Then all of a sudden the system locked up. I shut it down by the power button. I turned it back on and lines in the video. I have played around with it and I have both the original 512 MB sticks in it but it only works with both the sticks of I skip a slot. Maybe a bad memory slot? If they are side by side I get 3 beeps when I start the computer. If I have 3 512 sticks I get bad video with the lines. And I have tried all 3 with a PCI video card and no lines. The system comes with a 90 day warranty do Monday I will carry it in to see whats wrong. I hope it is just memory and not the motherboard. I heard people say they have seen systems like Acer do strange things. I will run memtest. Something I have never figured out about memtest is how do I tell if the memory is bad? Last time I ran it on a system it ran and ran for hours. How long does it take?

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#1
July 17, 2010 at 16:01:24
"How long does it take?"

It takes as long as you want it to take. There is no end to it, it just repeats the test in a loop. Some people let it run for hours & hours, some just a few tests series, it's up to you. But it will NOT stop until YOU stop it...that is, unless it encounters a problem.


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July 17, 2010 at 16:11:55
Thanks Jam so if there is a problem it will stop? I just want to be clear.

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#3
July 17, 2010 at 17:07:14
"if there is a problem it will stop?"

If there's a major problem, the system will lock up, otherwise it will just continue running but will log a list of errors in red, like THIS.


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