Solved RAM failure

July 6, 2011 at 04:38:09
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
If my RAM fails and it's damaged and I need to replace it-will that affect my system and the data-files on it? Just-would I need to re-install my system when I get my new RAM?

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#1
July 6, 2011 at 04:55:59
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Changing the ram shouldn't affect anything. You won't lose data, and you shouldn't have to reinstall the OS.

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#2
July 6, 2011 at 05:01:35
Thank you very much!!! This was very important for me to know!

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#3
July 6, 2011 at 05:12:23
Changing the ram shouldn't affect anything. You won't loose data, and you shouldn't have to reinstall the OS
This is because ram is volatile memory(no power no information stored).

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#4
July 6, 2011 at 06:03:55
Good computing practices dictate that you maintain at least 2 copies of your personal files. If you aren't doing that I suggest you start now.

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#5
July 6, 2011 at 06:58:27
"RAM failure" is not common. What makes you think your's has gone bad? More than likely, something else is wrong.

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#6
July 6, 2011 at 07:37:52
mickliq

The first time I read this post I thought as you did, but rereading indicates there is no problem at this time but the OP is concerned if that should happen.


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#7
July 6, 2011 at 08:42:27
That's the only explanation I could get from what I read around.

My computer just won't start. It works till one loud long beep is heard and nothing after it. The screen is blank. And before it went like that- I was getting errors of random stuff crashing on my system. Symptoms of the RAM failure?

I don't know anything about these things, that's why I only read and ask till I get the chance to bring my computer to some place where it could be fixed.


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#8
July 6, 2011 at 09:56:12
Alera

You should have just asked us what we thought. RAM failure is low on the list of reasons why your computer won't run.

Failed power supply would be number one on my list.

Post the brand and full model of the computer and describe what, if anything, happens when you try to start up the computer.


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#9
July 6, 2011 at 10:15:42
Yes, but I saw people with the same problem as mine and made the conclusion from there. I know it might be wrong though, but I was most worried about my files at this time to think about the computer itself.

A problem with the power? But I hear it work perfectly fine, the fans and everything.

And unfortunately- my computer is custom made and I'm not sure about the details- I'll have to dig trough my documentations to find out that. *FAIL*

But when I try to turn it on- it starts well, then one long beep and the fans continue working while nothing is shown on the screen.


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#10
July 6, 2011 at 10:55:22
I agree with OtheHill - you should have stated right from the start that you were having problems & what the symptoms are. All this talk about RAM has been a waste of time.

You need to post your complete system specs in as much detail as possible. Since you say it's a custom system, we'll need the make/model of motherboard, make/model of CPU, amount & type of RAM, make/model of video card (if you have an actual card), make/model/capacity of hard drive, & make/model/wattage of the power supply.

Also, explain what you have done to troubleshoot so far. And I don't mean internet searchs. I mean what have you physically done - remove RAM, check connections, blow the dust out the heatsinks, verify that the monitor works, etc. When does this single beep occur? There should be one single long beep at startup, that's normal. It means that the System has passed the POST (Power On Self Test) & that all is well.


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#11
July 6, 2011 at 11:58:03
I didn't mean to waste your time. I'll bring my computer to specialists (no, I don't mean that you're not specialists-don't get me wrong.) to figure and fix the problem. I just asked a question. And got my answer for which I'm very thankful.

As for troubleshooting- I've checked all my cables-removed and put them again several times. I tried running the computer without anything attached to it except it's power cable- I still was hearing the beep which is not the normal one I hear every time- it's longer and loud now. Dust-removed it all. Checked the monitor too-fine. Just I haven't actually opened my computer and bugged in it simply because I don't understand enough to do so.


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#12
July 6, 2011 at 18:29:06
"Dust-removed it all"
"it's longer and loud now", maybe because the dust is gone? Since you are now inside, did you pull the ram and reinsert it?

larry


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#13
July 7, 2011 at 03:54:48
How did you deal with the dust?

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