RAM burnt, now wanting to test the RAM slot

September 25, 2011 at 21:54:19
Specs: Windows XP
I bought a memory stick from Newegg. Before making the purchase I read carefully the details about the item to make sure its exactly what I needed. I received the package and gave it to my friend who needed the memory. He put it in his computer, turned it on and then came a burnt smell and a warning message on his screen. He immediately shut down the whole thing.

The next day, I physically check the RAM and found burnt markings. cheack the sticker and found out that the voltage says 2.5V instead of 2.6-2.75V which is what it said on the website when I purchased it. I really feel bad for my friend. He was just wanting to do a memory upgrade. IS THERE A WAY TO TEST IF THE MEMORY SLOT IS STILL WORKING?


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#1
September 26, 2011 at 01:41:57
Which type of memory did u purchase? post your friend system specs.

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#2
September 26, 2011 at 08:07:26
I doubt that over volting that much would immediately burn out the RAM. More likely the RAM was installed backward, which would fry it immediately. Or the dWRONG RAM was purchased, same result.

Your friend probably didn't change the BIOS settings to reflect the higher voltage anyway, which is what they would have needed to do. Otherwise the auto detect feature would automatically set the correct voltage.


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#3
September 26, 2011 at 08:52:39
2.5V is the standard voltage for DDR1 memory as set by JEDEC (Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council). If RAM requires "2.6-2.75V" it doesn't comply with the JEDEC spec. It doesn't seem like the RAM itself was the problem. As OtheHill stated, it's likely your friend installed it backwards in the slot.

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#4
September 26, 2011 at 13:29:09
He put the ram in crooked and burned it.

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#5
September 26, 2011 at 22:15:07
I bought this one from Newegg-- G.SKILL 1GB DDR 400 (PC 3200).. here's the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

He's using Presario SR1303WM. We ran a scan from crucial.com and it listed there possible memory upgrades.. This is one of the results that we got-- 1GB DDR PC3200
• CL=3 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR400 • 2.6V • 128Meg x 64. And from this result I based my purchase.


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#6
September 26, 2011 at 22:19:12
I don't know about standard voltage for DDR memory type. I just based the details of the RAM I purchased based on the results that crucial.com gave me.

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#7
September 26, 2011 at 22:24:55
Anyway, assuming that he put in the RAM the way its supposed to and it still burnt, Is it safe to test the memory slot by putting in a known compatible and working RAM?

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#8
September 27, 2011 at 03:29:38
That would depend on weather or not there is physical damage to the slot. If the contacts are damaged then don't do it. FYI, all RAM is keyed. There are recesses in the bottom edge that correspond to raised bumps in the slot. This is so the RAM can't be inserted end for end. Unfortunately it still happens. I think that is what happened in this case. The RAM can not fully seat if inserted wrong but can go in far enough to make contact.

The computer must be unplugged when performing this operation.


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