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Is your computer Moody?
Published May 16th, 2010 by Roslyn Garavaglia  

It could be a sign of memory loss….

Does your Windows-based PC crash for no apparent reason?
Does yours crash often? At random times?
Won’t boot? Spontaneous reboots?
You have missing data and other intermittent weird behaviour…

All of the above symptoms are common indicators of a faulty or failing computer memory. The cause is usually one of these three things:

1. Improper Configuration:
You have the wrong part for your computer or the configuration rules weren’t followed correctly. The installer put in mismatched modules, the wrong memory for the system board or modules installed in the wrong order.

2. Improper Installation:
The memory may not be seated correctly, or the memory socket is defective, corroded or dirty and may need cleaning. Careless hardware installations can bump computer memory modules out of place and warp or crack motherboards if excessive pressure is used. In addition, electrical shorts could occur if the installer was not grounded properly. Uninstalling or removing the new hardware should be the first step in troubleshooting this issue. Updating the system BIOS may also resolve the issue.

3. Defective Hardware:
The memory module itself is defective. A portion of the computer memory module is bad because of a manufacturing defect, power surge, overheating or other causes. Improperly seated or bad memory modules are common, as are bad motherboards.

Other causes can be;

4. You have newly installed software or operating system:
If your system was running fine prior to the installation or system upgrade, it could be a compatibility issue, either with the software or the system BIOS. Your technician should check for available updates for your system BIOS.

5. No recent changes:
The system was running fine and simply started acting up. Dust or corrosion of the computer memory socket, damage to the memory module from heat or electrical surges or a failing power supply could be the cause. Temporarily removing or replacing the module and testing it can help isolate the issue.

Computer memory-related errors are often cryptic and hard to identify and the fact that many computer problems manifest themselves as memory problems makes troubleshooting difficult.

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