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Memory Issue

Hi all

I have some suspect corrupt memory modules. If I take these modules and place them in a good, fully functional motherboard is there a chance that the memory might screw up my motherboard or is it safe?

Many thanks
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woodendudeCommented:
http://www.memtest86.com/   try memtest.
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jim25Author Commented:
This does not really answer my question...

If the memory is bad will it screw up another motherboard?
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tosh9iiiCommented:
Unlikely, it just won't work.
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jim25Author Commented:
is 'unlikely' 100% it will not screw up my motherboard?
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woodendudeCommented:
So, figured why risk maybe screwing up a board, thought you could test it and find out if it's faulty.
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ptelliniCommented:
I have never heard of a case of a bad memory module causing any damage to a motherboard. The only thing that is likely to happen is either the memory module will not function properly or will not function at all.
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elconomenoCommented:
from theorethical view , it is possible that your motherboard can be corrupt after the use of bad RAM

but in my 10 years of pc experience i never had problems after using bad RAM
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cyrusunccCommented:
i agree with elconomeno 100%

i've been in the business for 7 years and have never seen RAM physially damage a motherboard.

It is theoreticaly possible though.. but so is being given $10 million as a tip :)
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tosh9iiiCommented:
"is 'unlikely' 100% it will not screw up my motherboard?"

Well, like my dad always said, "nothing is 100% guaranteed."

If some of the "transistors" or whatever you call them are dead, then I doubt that it's going to shortcircuit your motherboard.  It just won't work.

However, when you said corrupt and meant that the RAM was "bent" or that it might "scratch" your motherboard, then that's something totally different.

But like the others said, it's highly unlikely that it'll screw up your motheboard.
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rindiCommented:
If the contacts on the memory don't have any kind of gooey residue on them which could ruin the contacts of the other board it is highly unlikely the modules will kill that board.
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jim25Author Commented:
Ok thanks for that all you people.

An additional question. What are the chances that the motherboard was faulty and screwed up the memory causing it to become faulty?

Cheers
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elconomenoCommented:
thats very difficult to say,
but like rindi says,


first do a physical check before you start with testing
we at our company have an old motherboard (but still a good one) to test such things like bad hDD's, memory and PSU's

you can buy hardware especially to test RAM
http://www.simmtester.com/page/news/showcstnews.asp?title=CST+to+start+shipping+DDR2+Memory+Tester&num=69
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rjhawkinCommented:
Well if the Powersupply is bad then that can affect the motherboard and or the RAM.  If the parts are lower quality and may not be able take the heat as it were. Another solution if you dont want to 'risk' your board is to see if there is a local PC shop that has a Memory testing device. The ones I've had the best luck with were from DarkHorse.  they would be at a shop that has a high volume of either repairs or new system builds.  They may consent to test the memory for you for a fee.  The three things that could behave like bad memory are the memory bad, the motherboard bad or the supply bad.  Most people will check the memory then the supply then the board, because the board would fail only after being acted on by an external issue.  I've seen modems take out boards after being struck by lightening for instance. Or too much power in a serial port when that was the method of connecting devices
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rjhawkinCommented:
I agree that tosh9iii is the best choice. He answered the first question that should have been done as answered and then a new question be started for the second issue.
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