Optimizing your computer is an important step in performance optimization. Over time, you can experience issues with loading programs, running programs, and even issues with the operating system. One of the first things to troubleshoot when experiencing computer issues is RAM problems. Especially if you’ve upgraded RAM or added additional RAM to your system recently.
What is RAM (Random Access Memory)?
It is a storage medium and a way of transferring information between computers. Computer memories are made up of tiny pieces of metal called transistors, arranged in lots of little boxes. Some of the boxes can store a single bit of information, and some can store two bits, and some can even store four. But the entire memory is divided into little squares, and each square is addressed independently.
Identification of RAM Problems Symptoms
The first and most common sign of a problem with your computer’s memory is when you can hear the sound of your hard disk starting to work harder. Normally, the hard disk should be almost silent most of the time. However, if you begin to notice that it’s working very loudly, there is a possibility that you will need to upgrade your memory.
The computer may lock up during high-demand times, such as running multiple applications or surfing the Web with several tabs open.
The system will hang or lag during startup or while application loading. Partial or total freezing of the system while using a desktop-based application. Hang on a desktop-based application may occur if a faulty RAM module is plugged into a DIMM slot of the affected system.
The machine uses a long time to react to the opening of a program. The longer this takes, the greater the chance that there is a memory problem. In this case, you will not be able to do anything while the system is refreshing the memory.
Reasons for Bad RAM Issues
These reasons vary from bad motherboards to applications and viruses. The bad motherboard may be old and replacement is necessary for solving this issue. Malware and spyware also cause bad memory problems in your system.
Your computer was exposed to a virus that has infected the RAM, or a faulty RAM was used. With a virus that has infected the RAM, the computer loses track of the codes being used for each allocation of data, while a faulty piece of RAM can have multiple errors in it. Both have essentially had two ways to go about fixing them: installing new RAM or replacing the defective RAM.
. A lot of times if you have had your computer for a couple of years the RAM will tend to die out on you more frequently. Not only will it be more likely to happen but it will happen more frequently so you have to replace them more often.
The next issue is probably a loose connection. This one may be the result of a previous fix.
Resolution to RAM Problems
This is a mechanical problem, but it does have to do with the way computers work. Following are two types of computer’s memory:
Volatile storage will lose its contents when power is lost. Most computer memory falls into this category, including what you can see on your hard drive. Nonvolatile storage holds its contents no matter what happens to the computer. This includes flash memory, which is what smartphones use, so they can be used even when there isn’t an electrical outlet nearby.
RAM chips are designed to hold the information even when power is switched off, but they don’t hold it forever—only for a few seconds or minutes at most. You can get more from them by turning them on and off again, but only every few seconds or minutes will they retain their contents from one cycle of power supply to the next. And the more time you wait between switching on and off, the less work you do with them. They get slower and slower as they get older and slower, too: any capacitor in a circuit has a natural life cycle. A new chip will have a longer lifespan than one that has been used for many years.
But here is where things start getting interesting: If you don’t turn on and off all the RAM chips together every few seconds or minutes, some of them will keep working for longer than others. And some of them won’t ever die at all! The ones that keep working will do so indefinitely—until you replace them or they eventually fail in some other way.
The Final Word on symptoms of a RAM Problem and how to fix it
A RAM problem is the most common computer problem. RAM rarely needs to be replaced, but when it does, it happens fast. Because RAM is integrated into the motherboard, replacing the motherboard is often easier, but for all of these reasons, it’s usually not worth it.
Sometimes people think they have 32 GB in their machine when it has only 16; other times people think they have 256 GB when their machine only has 128 GB of RAM. By making sure you find out how much RAM your machine has in total, you can make sure you don’t buy RAM that doesn’t fit in your machine. If you buy additional memory without understanding how many sticks it comes in (i.e., by buying sticks that fit into your under-expanded motherboard), then your new memory will not work because there is no way for your computer to tell which ones are supposed to go where.