Discussion in 'other software & services' started by jpcummins, Mar 12, 2012.

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  1. jpcummins

    jpcummins Registered Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    Terre Haute, IN
    Not sure if I have placed this in the right area; if not if one of the moderators could move it to the correct location I would appreciate it.

    May operating system is Windows XP Pro, sp3

    Could someone please tell me the telltale signs of a stick of memory going bad? I have two sticks of memory, each 1gig. I don't know if it is me or if in fact my pc is slowing down. It seems as though it does not respond as quickly as it used to both online and offline. All scans, both installed and online indicate I am malware free. Latest scan was with MBAM in safe mode and it give me a clean bill of health.

    And, is there a software that will give me a status on my installed memory.

    I know just enough to get myself in trouble so if you reply try and keep it simple so I can understand. Thanking you in advance

  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

    May 24, 2009
    check event viewer logs for errors and warnings. Slowdown is not a symptom of bad ram
  3. newbino

    newbino Registered Member

    Aug 13, 2007

    if you want to test your RAM anyway, you can download this freeware Memtest86+ and run it overnight.
  4. Dark Shadow

    Dark Shadow Registered Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    signs of bad ram maybe be the more common following signs.
    1.system will not boot
    2.Random and frequent crashes.
    3.memory faults errors.
    4.programs Hang,system repeatedley hangs or stalls running memory intense programs.
    5.Distorted graphics.

    However your discription does not sound like bad ram.I had 1 stick go bad out of three and my pc wouldn't boot at all.I pulled out the bad ram and everything was fixed.
  5. allizomeniz

    allizomeniz Registered Member

    Aug 23, 2009
    For XP I like Process Explorer. When you open it, it tells you how much memory is in use at the bottom of the screen. It'll say, Physical Usage xx%. There's also a graphic monitor at the top that shows memory use. It says "Physical Memory" when you hover the mouse pointer on it.

    Slowdowns are commonly caused by stuff running in the background eating up memory. A lot of software likes to add itself to autostart when you install it, so if you're not monitoring it, you can accumulate many programs running in the background and not even know it. A full or nearly full hard disk can also slow you down unless you've run a file placement program to optimize the file system.

    I'd check those things, and if none of them are issues, then you might look into some new memory, but more often than not, bad memory causes frequent crashes and errors rather than slowdown.
  6. Rilla927

    Rilla927 Registered Member

    May 12, 2005
    djohn is right on target.

    number 5: the distorded graphics is what led me to my problem. Even though I thought it was video related from the beginning. It goes to show you when something is wrong and you think it is one thing it can be directed in another area where you wouldn't think it would be possible. My problem was ram.

    In my specific case it was the board overvolting the ram and showed distorted graphics. Some programs would hang.
  7. Osaban

    Osaban Registered Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Milan and Seoul
    It would be interesting to know what is your security setup and if recently (since you've noticed the slowdown) you have installed any new/different application (slowdowns are often caused by conflicts).
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