Losing my memory
Posted by Trixter on March 28, 2007
In 25 years of personal computing, I have never once had RAM go bad on me. So when my Athlon box started to reboot randomly, I was initially at a loss to troubleshoot it. It was only after a few sobering minutes in memtest86 and switching sticks from slot to slot that I learned both of my KVR400X64C25/512 sticks were bad. No idea how they got that way; one was REALLY bad (half of it is trashed), and the other I probably could live with (only a few single-bit errors) but I filled out an RMA for both of them anyway. I don’t need my main desktop randomly flipping bits on me.
I learned two things from this experience:
- Lifetime warranties are good.
- With my Athlon out of commission for a week, it’s so… quiet in here.
Maybe I’ll finally get some console game-playing in.