Can RAM Slots Go Bad?

Answered by Stephen Cobb, Memory Specialist

RAM (random access memory) slots can go bad for a number of reasons. Over time, the contacts in the RAM can become oxidized and corroded, which will cause problems with signal transmission.

Additionally, heat and humidity can also cause problems with RAM. In extreme cases, the motherboard RAM could be fried due to a power surge or water damage.

If you’re experiencing issues with your RAM, it’s important to take a look at the status of your motherboard’s RAM slots. If they’re bad, you may need to replace your motherboard or upgrade your RAM.

If you don’t have access to a technician or repair shop, you can try cleaning the contacts in the slots with an eraser or contact cleaner and then testing the RAM by running a quick memory test.

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