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All of a sudden getting RAM errors

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February 5, 2010 7:27:43 PM

So just an hour ago I figured out that one of my sticks of ram was developing errors.

I had 4 sticks:
- 2 x 2gb kingston valueram 800mhz (just 4 months old)
- 2 x 1gb kingston valueram 667mhz (over 3 years old)

after a quick one by one memory test (using beautiful old UBUNTU disc) I found that one of the older 1gb sticks was making a lot of errors.

I am wondering about 3 things
- is it normal for ram to suddenly start doing this?
- should I plug in the remaining 1gb stick that does work, but is it worth the performance loss from dual channel and 800mhz
- would it be risky to plug in the remaining 1gb stick?

Currently I'm operating with 4gb in dual channel at 800mhz, I'm just wondering about these things, and whether it really matters....

PS: for some reason both my 1gb sticks of ram get really hot, whilst the newer 2gb sticks are not warm at all.

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February 5, 2010 8:09:18 PM

Quote:
- is it normal for ram to suddenly start doing this?
- should I plug in the remaining 1gb stick that does work, but is it worth the performance loss from dual channel and 800mhz
- would it be risky to plug in the remaining 1gb stick?

1. Yes.
2. Yes, more RAM is better than (speed as in Dual Channel)
3. No.

Download and run Memtest86+ and make sure RAM voltages/timing are correct.
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