Your computer's memory chips (RAM) will likely outlast most of the other PC components, but on occasion, they do go bad.

Signs of a RAM problem:

  1. Your computer freezes up for a few minutes no matter what application you are using.
  2. Loading common applications, even small ones, seems to take forever.
  3. Your PC randomly restarts when you're in the middle of task.
  4. You notice strange colors or lines on your computer monitor or images and text look garbled.
  5. Increasingly files don't seem to save properly or appear corrupted.
  6. Seeing the notorious blue screen of death (BSOD).
  7. You hear a beep or series of beeping when you boot the computer.

What you should do:

There are other symptoms, but these are the most common. If you think you have a memory problem, the next step is to test the physical RAM installed on your PC by either running software that checks the memory or opening up the case and swapping out the existing RAM with known good RAM.

If you have good RAM, switch out one stick, restart the computer, and see if this fixes the problem. Continue checking each stick. If you don't have extra memory around, try using the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool built into Windows (it's in the Control Panel).

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