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My computer is randomly shutting down and restarting. The only thing I have changed recently is adding a 512mb ram stick. Could this be cause by bad ram?
 
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You can right click My Computer> Properties> Advance tab> under Startup and Recovery click the Settings button. Under System failure section, uncheck Automatically restart then OK. Now you should receive an error message at failure instead of restart.
 
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Sounds like you are getting a critical error, which might or might not be related to your ram. In order to see this error, right click my computer, click properties. Click the advanced tab, then under Startup and Recovery click the settings button toward the bottom. Uncheck Automatically restart (Under system failure) and also change the small memory dump to complete. I'm guessing you have a gig of ram total in your system now? If thats the case, a full memory dump could be a gig in size. If your system crashes and you get a blue screen (BSOD) write down the error message and post it back here.

If all you did was add some ram, try taking it out and see if the problem is still there. What kind of ram did you add? And what if anything do you have in the other mem slot?
 
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RAM is probably bad or not seated properly or not in the #0 or #1 slot. (If it is the only stick) Also, you may have accidently disconnected a cooling fan. Check your cooling fan(s).
 
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It would be wise to uncheck Automatically Restart to grab the contents of the BSOD if you get one. Many times, certain error codes can be associated with bad hardware, for some reason particularly RAM.

Make sure you grab the entire BSOD code and error message if you encounter one.
 
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