A lot can go wrong in a computer using outdated DRAM. Because of this, users need to make regular checks of their DRAM so they can identify when it is functioning below acceptable levels and invest in an upgrade, according to a recent BQB report.
Overheating, electrical issues and age can all impact DRAM's capabilities, and a regular check-up is necessary to make sure the memory modules are not being affected by adverse operating conditions. The report said poor memory could lead to frequent crashes and reboots. The computer may also stop booting properly or it may be unable to install an operating system or other software.
How to check your DRAM
Checking your DRAM is not a difficult process. To start, right-click the toolbar beside your start menu in Windows. Click on the start task manager function, then select the performance tab.
The task manager menu can also be accessed by pressing alt, ctrl and delete on your keyboard at the same time. Within the performance tab, there is a category labeled physical memory. It will have a percentage statistic beside the category, telling you how much of your physical memory is being used. According to the report, if 80 percent or more of your memory is in use, you probably need to upgrade your computer's DRAM to ensure consistent performance.
Figuring out the problem
While making an upgrade is the easy solution to DRAM performance issues, users should begin by making sure the problem really is with the memory and not with the motherboard, power supply or some other component that could be causing malfunctions. To do this, the report said users can swap another computer's memory into the device, assuming it is compatible of course, and see if that memory works. You can also swap your memory into another device, again keeping compatibility in mind, and see if the memory works properly there. The report said the DRAM's performance in another device, or another computer's memory in your machine, will tell you if the problem is the DRAM or another component.
If the DRAM still struggles in another machine, it is time to make an upgrade.
Making the upgrade
In some cases, the DRAM may not be malfunctioning. Current software systems are using much more memory than they did just a few years ago, and older computers may simply need to get new hardware even if their old DRAM is working properly. There are a few key steps that should be followed at this point.
The first stage is to analyze your motherboard. This may take some research online at your device manufacturer's website, but you need to know what type of DRAM your motherboard can handle. In all likelihood, it supports either DDR2 or DDR3 memory. You also need to know how many memory slots you have. If you want, you can just open the computer to find this out.
Once you have done that, all you need to do is purchase whatever DRAM you can afford within the limitations of your motherboard's compatibility, remove the old memory sticks, and put the new DRAM in its place. DRAM upgrades are considered among the easiest component switches, making it an option even for those with little or no experience working inside a computer. upgrades are considered among the easiest component switches, making it an option even for those with little or no experience working inside a computer.
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