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Memtest frozen and RAM replacement

Last response: in Memory
August 31, 2012 9:13:14 PM


Today I decided to find out what is wrong with my Acer Aspire 5100 running Win XP. I know this is a really old laptop, but it's been sitting around and I want to fix it.

Anyway, it has been freezing. No BSOD, just freezing with the screen going white. The screen would freeze and all the pixels would turn white within couple of minutes. This usually happens after turning it on 2/3 hours, and I would take out the battery/power cord and turn it back on again. When I do that, it freezes faster; I recall it freezing after 5-10 minutes of re-booting.

So I did some research and ran memtest v4 on it. It found 334 errors right away (within 3 minutes or so) and memtest froze on test 9. I tried clicking Esc and it didn't respond.

I've never taken any computer apart and I'm not sure what specs you guys need. I am fairly certain this has 1 stick of 1GB RAM inside. Should I just replace the RAM and see what happens? I don't want to spend too much money on it.

Thanks :)