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motherboard mem question

Posted on 2004-08-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
Hi I have a computer here that I put memory in pc100 memory 2X 128mb + 64mb that was in it from factory. Anyway put the memory in and worked fine for a couple of weeks then went to turn it on and all it would do is beep. checked the beep codes online and found that it is memory so I took the memory out and reseated it and worked fine again. now every week or so have to take the memory out and put it back in. as a last ditched effort I took out the 64mb stick and tried reseating the memory in all different ways and nothing seemes to work. I am wondering could it be the motherboard or is it a defect in the ram or what should I check/try?
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Callandor earned 125 total points
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Given the age of that system, it could be either, but more likely the RAM.  You can run the diagnostic program at www.memtest86.com and see if it fails.  If it does, it's bad RAM; but passing is not a sure indicator of good RAM.
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>>> memory in all different ways <<<    dumb questions. Does that include just the 64meg by itself? Is the 64meg PC100 or PC66? With just one 128meg at a time?

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Remove the RAM from the slots.
Remove the dusts from the motherboard and RAM (if any) using some blower or any other methods.
Reseat the RAM into the slots.
Try and see, it used to work for me, i used to manage about 100 PCs which were in a dusty environment.
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the system is approx 5 years old, of the three sticks in the system one is the origional and has marked on it that it is pc 100, I will try that memtest and post back the results, as far as memory in all different ways I removed the 64 meg and went with the two 128 sticks and tried leaving one different slot open each time and each time after a while the computer just beeps. as far as dust there is none in the computer plus i used a compressed air can just to be sure. If it was bad ram wouldn't you be getting memory errors all the time????

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have u checked the bios settings for the memory settings ?

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I loaded bios defaults or setup defaults.
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It wasn't clear whether the RAM consistently fails now or not.  Try cleaning the contacts with an eraser.

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have u tried a new battery for the bios cause that may be reverting back to old bios settings or something like that if the battery is near the end of life

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