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8.1. COMMON MEMORY PROBLEMS


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8.1. COMMON MEMORY PROBLEMS

When you have a problem with memory, the cause is usually one of three things:

Improper Configuration: You have the wrong part for your computer or did not follow the configuration rules.

Improper Installation: The memory may not be seated correctly, a socket is bad, or the socket may need cleaning.

Defective Hardware: The memory module itself is defective.

The fact that many computer problems manifest themselves as memory problems makes troubleshooting difficult. For example, a problem with the motherboard or software may produce a memory error message.

This chapter is designed to help you figure out if you have a memory problem, and if so, what kind of problem it is, so you can get to a solution as quickly as possible.

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