RAM How To Boot Test Diagnose and Replace It — Part-2

RAM Card 2GB DDR2
Fig.1. RAM Card, 2GB DDR2 800MHz. You should avoid touching the gold connectors.
In this post we do a walk-through of the process of installing new RAM. The first post explored how to diagnose faulty RAM.

RAM that is faulty will occasionally cause your system to reboot. To correct this problem the RAM must be replaced.

Now, if you’ve got this far then you you know that my system occasionally reboots without warning. You know that I have established that malware is not to blame. No known driver issues and I’ve even made peace with the fact that my RAM failed me.

In Fig.1 at right is a top and bottom view of the replacement RAM card, 2GB DDR2 rated at 800MHz. You should take care not to touch the gold connectors, and rather handle the card by it’s short edges. For the replacement RAM I went to a local supplier here in Hermanus. You can find them online here.

Juan-Pierre of Matrix Wharehouse says: “It’s a 2GB DDR2 PC6400 RAM module that runs at an effective speed of 800Mhz. The actual speed of the memory is 400Mhz, but because it is DDR RAM, it is doubled as the transfer rate is doubled as well. Also, you will get a higher transfer rate if you connect two of the same memory modules, therefore giving you dual channel transfer speeds.”



removing the side-panels
Fig.2. Open the tower by removing the side-panels with a phillips screw-driver

Replacing the RAM:
Shut down the computer, unplug everything, and open up the tower case with a phillips screw driver as shown here in Fig.2.


Once the sides are off the tower is easy to work inside
Fig.3. Once the sides are off the tower is easy to work inside.

Once the sides are off, the tower case is roomy and easy to work inside. In Fig.3 the Ram Card can clearly be seen fixed in a verticle position.


Press back on the white locking clip to release the RAM card. There is another clip on the other side
Fig.4. Press back on the white locking clip to release the RAM card. There is another clip on the other side

The white fixing clip needs to be gently released by pushing back, away from the card to release the RAM card as shown here in Fig.4. There is one clip at each end. Now that you have removed the old RAM, it’s time to install the new. The replacement RAM card is inserted gently, and pressed firmly down so that the gold connectors seat firmly. Press both white clips back into place.


RAM Card 2GB DDR2
Fig.5. Running a Memtest 86 diagnostic test on the newly installed RAM.

Now it’s time to close the tower, connect up everything and hit Go. If all is well the computer should boot up normally and error-message free. Now run Memtest off the boot menu once again. As shown here, in Fig.5, the Memtest 86 screen looks somewhat less alarming. There are no red error messages clamouring for attention. This is all good.

Did this work for you? or not? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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