sms 10:16 20 Aug 2006

This is a good one. I have a shuttle computer. Every 2-3 months it constantly crashes or re-boots. I traced it down to faulty RAM (I thought)
I have replaced the RAM but every 2-3 months again the same. Now I just remove the RAm and replace it back again and all is well again till next time. ANY IDEAS !!

  johndrew 11:28 20 Aug 2006

Poor or dirty contacts?

  Fingees 11:28 20 Aug 2006

If it is the ram

It may just be, that the RAM / computer contacts are corroding slightly after a while, due to atmospheric conditions.

This would cause high resistance in the contact, hence the trouble is cured when removed and replaced, as this tends to clean the contacts.

Make sure contacts are well cleaned with a lint free cloth prior to re fitting.

I hesitate to recommend any cleaner, as this can cause damage to plastic.

  gudgulf 11:31 20 Aug 2006

Do you just remove/replace the RAM or do you give the inside of the pc a clean at the same time?

Possibly reduction of airflow through the case over time with dust/fluff.

If the pc is switched on/off frequently the RAM modules might be coming slightly unseated due to thermal creep (constant warming/cooling on switching on and off).

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