Random lock ups



GrumpaSteve
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
My Computer locks up at random times, usually after starting an application,
and must be rebooted.
I've traced the problem to a single bit on my memory stick. since it's a 1GB
stick, I'd hate to throw it out because of one bad bit.
So my question is; is there any way to tell windows not to use that
particular byte, like loading in a dummy program there so widows already
thinks it is in use?
Any suggestions would be helpful.

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 01:24 AM
GrumpaSteve wrote:
> My Computer locks up at random times, usually after starting an
> application, and must be rebooted.

That sucks.

> I've traced the problem to a single bit on my memory stick. since
> it's a 1GB stick, I'd hate to throw it out because of one bad bit.

So get it replaced. You got a waranty with it, right?
If not - throw it out. Memory is cheap and not worth too much pain.

> So my question is; is there any way to tell windows not to use that
> particular byte, like loading in a dummy program there so widows
> already thinks it is in use?

No - not that i know of. If you have bad hardware - best to get it
repaired/replaced. Think of it like having a bad section of hose in your
braking system.. It doesn't always leak and the duct tape you wrapped closed
it up "okay" - but do you trust that to stop you always?

> Any suggestions would be helpful.

Use the "Crucial Memory Advisor Tool" to find out what RAM you need..
http://www.crucial.com/

And then compare prices and deals and get twice as much. heh

For Pricing/Opinions/Reviews on various products:
- http://www.pricewatch.com/
- http://www.dealsites.net/
- http://www.techbargains.com/
- http://www.resellerratings.com/
- http://www.epinions.com/

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Shenan Stanley
MS-MVP
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Random lock ups