If you care for your tech devices properly, most gadgets and components will continue to work for a long time. However, the delicate nature of electronic components means that there will come a time when they start to falter. Today we are going to talk to you about a PC problem that when it starts means that a component is reaching the end of its life.
Do you have this problem on your PC? This component is to blame!
When we think of computer problems we often don’t think of memory problems. This is because a broken screen or a keyboard that doesn’t always work is more visible. However, RAM is not something one can ignore. It is one of the most important parts of any computer.
In simple terms, RAM is responsible for the amount of applications that our machine can run at any given time. If it is not working well, the apps will also have the same problem.
One of the most telltale signs of RAM issues is performance degradation over time. If you find that your computer is working perfectly after you turn it on for the first time, but the longer you use it, the slower it becomes, you could be on your way to a lot of trouble. This situation will be especially noticeable in memory intensive applications such as Photoshop, complex video games and browsers.
Of course faulty RAM may not be the cause of the problem. A buggy application can also do this. Especially those that are configured right away to start on boot.
A test you can use is to restart your machine, leaving all apps disabled. If the problem is resolved then the cause was indeed in an application. If, on the other hand, it continues to happen even without applications running, it may be time to start buying new RAM modules.
As with performance degradation, just because the computer crashes randomly doesn’t necessarily mean the RAM is bad. However, it does point to the possibility that it might be.
This is especially true if there doesn’t seem to be consistency in the failures. For example, if you get the famous blue screen of death in Windows every time you try to open a certain application, it is likely that the application is to blame and not the hardware. But if you find that crashes occur without warning and at random times, your RAM could be to blame.
Suddenly, you may find that the files you access and use frequently are corrupted and cannot be opened.
Aside from being a lesson in the importance of making regular backups, it’s yet another clear sign that your RAM may be in trouble.
Defective RAM can cause the structure of the hard disk to degenerate and eventually, you won’t be able to boot your machine.
Memory misreported in Windows
It’s easy to check how much RAM your system thinks you have on both Windows and Mac.
If the values don’t match what they should, something is definitely wrong.