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How To Check If Your Computer Has Bad Memory/RAM
Bad RAM can cause a wide range of problems. You might experience a noticeable slowdown, file corruption, random reboots, and many other problems. In most severe cases, you might even get the Blue Screen of Death. Let’s see how to recognize the symptoms of bad RAM and diagnose the problem.
RAM is of vital importance for a computer’s proper functioning. It supplies the operating memory and its failure may manifest in many ways. Here are the most common symptoms of a failing RAM:
Once you’ve noticed the symptoms, you should inspect your computer’s RAM and check whether it’s failing or not. If you’re running a Windows OS, you can use the built-in Memory Diagnostic Tool. You can also opt for the good old Memtest86. Mac OS and Linux users can use Memtest86, as well.
Windows Memory Diagnostic is your best bet if you’re using a Windows PC. Let’s see how to diagnose RAM with this handy little tool.
If there’s an issue with RAM, you should turn off the computer and pull out all but one memory stick. Boot the computer again and repeat the process. Repeat it for every RAM stick you have in your computer.
To use Memtest86, you’ll need a USB stick. Let’s see how to test your RAM with Memtest86.
Bad RAM can often cause problems similar to viruses and malware. However, you can diagnose the problem pretty quickly with Windows Memory Diagnostic if you’re a Windows user. Mac and Linux users should opt for Memtest86.
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