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The W - Internet & Computers - The case of the disappearing memory
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Since: 25.2.04
From: Keystone State

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I noticed my computer was running MUCH slower than usual today, so I did the usual virus check anti-spyware stuff. That all checked out, but on reboot, I'm now missing 256 MB of RAM. My computer had 768 MB of RAM (originally came with 256, I bought a 512 chip about 1.5 years ago).

This is the second time in about a year I've lost a 256 memory console. Is there some problem with mixing 256 and 512 that I don't know about? There's nothing prohibiting it in the book for my motherboard. Everything was running fine (this time) until my computer just rebooted for no good reason. I think I was just on the internet. After that reboot is when everything starting going hinky, so I'm assuming that caused (or maybe was a symptom) of what was going on.

I have some program that came with my motherboard, and the temps have been fine. It also is supposed to warm me if it's about to explode or something, and I haven't gotten one.

Is memory this fragile? Does it go bad just sitting in a computer? Is there anything I can do to see if my memory slot is an evil soul-sucking demon? Or should I just accept it as a fact of computer life and go buy memory tomorrow morning?
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Since: 3.1.02
From: Brisbane, Australia

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Memory can be tempermental.
Try cleaning the contacts, sometimes they get dusty and the memory doesn't get recognised.
If you have a mate with a similar spec PC, see if the ram will work in their PC.
If it is dead, buy another 512.
Roy.
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Since: 25.2.04
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Well it's back. As mysteriously as it disappeared, I now have 768 MB of RAM again. My computer must be haunted. Can't wait until I get a new one...
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