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swapping RAM with friend to test for failure

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wendigo6x3, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. wendigo6x3

    wendigo6x3 Thread Starter

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    Is this a safe idea? there are so many possible paths that my computer problem may branch from, possible RAM failure being one of them. Is it safe to swap DDR RAM to see if it works on his computer?
     
  2. The_Oracle

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    why the hassle? download memtest86+, create the bootable CD and run the tests.
     
  3. MichaelDee

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    You shouldn't have a problem unless its an uncompatable ram/mobo problem.

    As suggested, why not run memtest (overnight if possible) to check for errors.
     
  4. wendigo6x3

    wendigo6x3 Thread Starter

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    to answer your 'why the hassle' question, its because i have a usb keyboard that wont run when a bootable disc is in.
     
  5. ozrom1e

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    It is not the RAM some bootable CD's do not like USB keyboards because the USB if any might not load in the right spot or at all. As for taking your RAM somewhere else it is HIGHLY not advisable, The RAM is extremely static sensitive and more than likely will be damaged by ESD = Electro-Static Discharge and will eventually stop working all together. Leave your RAM where is this is where it is safe and sound.
     
  6. The_Oracle

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    check the BIOS and make sure USB Legacy Support is set to enabled.
     
  7. wendigo6x3

    wendigo6x3 Thread Starter

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    i am an idiot, how do i do this? and if this is enabled, will it boot up the usb drives before it boots up the bootable disc?>
     
  8. The_Oracle

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    to enter the BIOS Setup Utility, most computers respond to F2 or DEL during the POST screen. and no, this setting is not responsible for booting from USB devices but your keyboard will become usable even if there are no drivers loaded by an operating system.
     
  9. karl_stade

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    How'd you go with this wendi?

    When they said enter into the BIOS which is like the main control hub for your computer they meant to tap F2 or DEL on your keyboard right as your computer starts up when you power it on. In that menu you should be able to move around (with your USB keyboard?) and find the option to turn that USB legacy on. Then you will have to exit and save changes and see if that does the job.

    Just out of curiosity, what problem with your computer are you having?

    Maybe we can help with that instead of having to muck around with getting your USB keyboard to work in memtest...
     
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