What is the worst that can happen if i use incompatible RAM?

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I was harvesting parts from a computer, and I found a couple gigs of RAM. I could always use a couple more gigs, but I don't know if they are compatible -- and I do know that if they are incompatible, it won't work. But, exactly what do I risk by trying it out? Will the system just not boot, so I take it out and it's as if nothing ever happened? Or will attempting such an installation actually result in permanent damage to my system if it's not compatible?
 

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As valis said, the worst will be some loud, annoying beeps and your computer refusing to work until you insert compatible RAM. :)
 

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I was harvesting parts from a computer, and I found a couple gigs of RAM. I could always use a couple more gigs, but I don't know if they are compatible
What's the description of the harvested RAM?

What's the description of the RAM in your running computer?

Depending on how old those computers and their motherboards are, they use 184-pin DDR or 240-pin DDR2 or 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM modules.

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It depends on how incompatible they are. If they are a different type of DDR and you force it into the slot like some people do then you could potentially fry the computer. If they are the right type but have a minor incompatibility then you may get crashes and file or Windows corruption. You should always make sure its the right type, installed properly, and its best to run a memory diagnostics like Memtest86+ to ensure they are working properly.
 
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