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Title: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: pstokely on May 26, 2008, 08:04:01 AM
 I think the RAM on my laptop has gone out. My BIOS shows over 2GB of RAM but I think Memtest is detecting errors on only one of my sticks of ram (4 X 512). I'm getting the 0x0000008E code on the BSOD. I can still boot into safe mode in Win XP. Could it be the motherboard or hard drive and not the ram? How long is RAM supposed to last?
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: mrbasehart on May 26, 2008, 08:06:34 AM
If it goes past it's sell byte date, then yes...

 :rimshot:
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 26, 2008, 09:08:42 AM
It depends on if EWE is always whining, and won't shut up.  If EWE is always criticizing RAM, how is RAM to stay sane.
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: RVR II on May 26, 2008, 09:14:23 AM
I think the RAM on my laptop has gone out. My BIOS shows over 2GB of RAM but I think Memtest is detecting errors on only one of my sticks of ram (4 X 512). I'm getting the 0x0000008E code on the BSOD. I can still boot into safe mode in Win XP. Could it be the motherboard or hard drive and not the ram? How long is RAM supposed to last?
Yes. RAM can go bad; either by age, or something as simple as like a type of software that 'accidentally' corrupted it.
I am never sure about RAM issues, and I have had friends with much more expertise than I to have them check it out to make sure.
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: AmandaGal on May 26, 2008, 09:26:52 AM
Like RVR said, RAM can fail but a more common cause of failure is some kind of corruption.  Sometimes corruption can be fixed.

If memtest is detecting errors, it is likely a bad stick (not fixable), but not always.  I'd have to see it and play with it to tell you for sure.

Dust can cause ram to act corrupt.  It may help to blow out the RAM slots, etc.  Not likely to help, but I once encountered a PC that had been in a house fire and they had cleaned the outside up really good, but the inside was caked with soot.  Of course, it blue screened.  I would too. I'm told that's a fairly common thing (dust messing with the connectors).   My PCs are pretty dusty and never had problems :)
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: RVR II on May 26, 2008, 09:48:05 AM
My PCs are pretty dusty and never had problems :)
You just 'jinxed' yourself now... :scared:
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: mike5150 on May 26, 2008, 11:04:56 AM
It depends on if EWE is always whining, and won't shut up.  If EWE is always criticizing RAM, how is RAM to stay sane.
(http://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/BDX/BDX322/bxp58613.jpg)
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 26, 2008, 11:31:15 AM
It depends on if EWE is always whining, and won't shut up.  If EWE is always criticizing RAM, how is RAM to stay sane.
(http://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/BDX/BDX322/bxp58613.jpg)

Baaaaaahhhh!
(http://bedford.extension.psu.edu/Agriculture/Images/preg%20ewe.jpg)
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: mike5150 on May 26, 2008, 12:22:36 PM
It depends on if EWE is always whining, and won't shut up.  If EWE is always criticizing RAM, how is RAM to stay sane.
(http://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/BDX/BDX322/bxp58613.jpg)

Baaaaaahhhh!
(http://bedford.extension.psu.edu/Agriculture/Images/preg%20ewe.jpg)

now I know why they call them ewe......

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwe!
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: jewishcarpenter on May 26, 2008, 12:28:02 PM
Leave it to BTA to exploit nature. You sick bastard.
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: mike5150 on May 26, 2008, 12:33:04 PM
I just hope in some small way, that all of this has helped pstokely fix his laptop:)
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 26, 2008, 12:53:35 PM
I just hope in some small way, that all of this has helped pstokely fix his laptop:)

Me too!

Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: AmandaGal on May 26, 2008, 01:52:58 PM
Probably forced him to destroy it and give up the Internet all together.

That works too.
Title: Re: Can RAM suddenly go bad?
Post by: bettertomorrowamy on May 26, 2008, 02:15:31 PM
I help people!  I'm a helper.   ;)