PC Help? Ram/Memory - HotUKDeals
We use cookie files to improve site functionality and personalisation. By continuing to use HUKD, you accept our cookie and privacy policy.
Get the HUKD app free at Google Play

Search Error

An error occurred when searching, please try again!

Login / Sign UpSubmit

PC Help? Ram/Memory

Kev The Kopite Avatar
8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
my pc keeps freezing all the time, mainly when a larger page loads up like a video on you tube or if the compter is doing work like doing a spyware scan ect, anyone have any ideas?

also a few people said it might be my ram, if it is my ram, how do i know what ram to buy? on ebuyer its got loads of 2x1gb but how do i know what 1 will work in my pc?

i currently have 1 gb ram 400 gb hard drive and pc is quite newish so shouldn't be freezing like this all the time,

can any 1 help?

thanx in advance
Kev The Kopite Avatar
8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Options

All Comments

(20) Jump to unreadPost a comment
Comments/page:
#1
Could be ram, could just need a windows reinstall or both. Easiest way is to download belarc and it tells you what your motherboard is how much ram can be installed etc
#2
When you say it freezes, does it lock up completely or resume to normal a short time later? If it's the latter, you should open up task manager (ctrl+shft+esc or right the task bar and choose task manager) and check the performance tab - if you're using more ram than you have in your PC then your system will slow down as it's having to use hard drive memory in place of ram. In this case, a ram upgrade would help.

Another alternative is to check the fragmentation of your hard drive, you can do this by right clicking 'my computer', choosing manage and then disk defragmenter near the bottom. If you analyse first you can usually tell what state the hard drive is in, any large patches of red are bad as it means any time your PC tries to access data in those areas it's going to take much longer which in actual use the machine will frequently pause with the hard drive light on solid. If this is the case a defragment which takes a good few hours will solve the issue.

If the machine is freezing and only powering down resolves the issue then it's more likely you have a hardware fault of some sort although from what you've said it doesn't sound like this is the case.

John
#3
i 4got to add, its just been rebooted and everything wiped not long ago, but just b4 it got rebooted it was freezing in the middle of games, seems to be gettin worse the longer it goes on though, im searching on google now for that what u said (belarc) thanx for your reply so fast
#4
My guess also would be your ram memory - I had an almost brand new PC which would be almost unusable whenever the virus scan was running.. a couple of new memory sticks and now it flies - you can check what memory your computer is using and how much it takes by running the scan on this web site

http://www.crucial.com/uk/index.aspx?cpe=CHAWKuk

their memory is highly recomended however after running the scan you will know what memory your computer has and can shop around.
#5
just done a scan with that belarc and everything looks fine onit, all ticks and no x's
#6
Captain Hook
My guess also would be your ram memory - I had an almost brand new PC which would be almost unusable whenever the virus scan was running.. a couple of new memory sticks and now it flies - you can check what memory your computer is using and how much it takes by running the scan on this web site

http://www.crucial.com/uk/index.aspx?cpe=CHAWKuk

their memory is highly recomended however after running the scan you will know what memory your computer has and can shop around.



thanx, will check that out,

we got 2 pc's the same but 1 never gets used now and is basicly nackard so im guessing the ram will be the same in the other 1, is it just a case of pulling it out and putting the other 1 back in or is there more to it? cos i can try that and see how it gets on with them sticks
#7
As I asked in my first post, is it locking up completely or does it resume a short time after the freeze and what does task manager show for your memory usage? This is a very quick way to check if ram is the culprit or not.

Ram is easy enough to remove and install, two latches hold onto each stick on each side - to remove the ram you unclip these by pushing them to the side and to install the ram you make sure these latches are to the side on the empty slot and push the ram firmly in (making sure the notch in the ram stick is the right way) which will automatically close the latches.

What make and model is this PC? It might be worth downloading a temperature monitoring tool as it may be something is overheating in your system.

John
#8
Could be an overheating issue. Check the fans for dust etc, maybe one of them has failed.
#9
See what running http://www.memtest.org/ shows. It's best to burn off a copy and leave running overnight.

Other suspects could be overheating (however if it's a modern bit of kit and Intel based it should throttle down) or a dodgy harddrive.
#10
Dont go spending money on ram just yet, if this is a fault in psu or overheating the new ram may get damaged or be useless if mainboard blows.
Check all fans and heatsinks first make sure they are clear of dust, all machines have a hdd activity light that will be constantly on if this is just bad slowdowns due to lack of ram.
also consider getting someone to test the psu or try another in the machine
banned#11
easiest thing to try first is to remove the ram and then put it back again but into the next memory slot. best to write down what ram it is when you get it out too as it may well be written on the stick.

a 2 minute job which may resolve the problem. Might just not be seated correctly.
#12
Johnmcl7
As I asked in my first post, is it locking up completely or does it resume a short time after the freeze and what does task manager show for your memory usage? This is a very quick way to check if ram is the culprit or not.

Ram is easy enough to remove and install, two latches hold onto each stick on each side - to remove the ram you unclip these by pushing them to the side and to install the ram you make sure these latches are to the side on the empty slot and push the ram firmly in (making sure the notch in the ram stick is the right way) which will automatically close the latches.

What make and model is this PC? It might be worth downloading a temperature monitoring tool as it may be something is overheating in your system.

John

hi, sorry, it just freezes completely, so i have to hold the power button in to turn it off, its a Tiny (the make) pc, got it just b4 they went bust, dont know what model though, all i know it was a top of the range pc at the time and cost a grand :x can prob get the same spec pc or better now for less than half easy
#13
tanx for all your replies, just been thinking, it could be over heating as it usually only starts freezing when the comp has been on a while, for example if i turn it on in the morning its ok, its just later on in the night, thats when it will only start lasting 2 mins,
#14
I don't know about vista but with windows 2000/XP then you certainly shouldn't have any trouble loading a youtube video with 1GB of ram, that's plenty.

And if it's been wiped and had windows reinstalled not long ago then that makes it unlikely that it's a software problem so my guess would be some of your hardware has got a fault, especially if it's getting worse. As John said try running memtest and use something like speedfan to check your CPU temperature.

Which operating system are you running and what model is your CPU? You can check CPU and memory type with CPU-Z
#15
i spoke to soon, 2 mins after i done that post about it freezing later on it froze, im running it on xp, i will check the cpu and stuff soon. thanx
#16
I would check all your fans - it may be one of them has failed which means over time the PC reaches a level it cannot tolerate and then freezes. If it's a desktop machine the main fans are on the processor, the northbridge (much smaller one on the motherboard itself which may not be there), the graphics card and the power supply. The fan in the power supply often is responsible for cooling both itself and the main PC case as it vents hot air through it - I've come across this quite frequently because it's not directly cooling the processor it means its failure will cause a more gradual overheat of the PC. You can check the fan in the power supply by simply putting your hand near the back of it, you should feel warm air being pushed out the back.

If it's a laptop, there's usually only one or two fans but you should hear them roaring away if the machine is starting to overheat. If this is the case they may be clogged with dust and getting a can of compressed air can help a little but getting rid of the dust entirely normally means opening the machine fully. If you're not hearing any increase in the fans, put your hand against the vents to see if one of the fans has possibly failed.

John
#17
hold on i just noticed its a "time" ya ****** said it was quite "newish", those lot went bust several years ago as i remember.
If its the mini one that had windows me on it originally they get thru psus at some rate, also very likely to over heat
due to the contradicting statements think its best you give much more detail as you will simply get random ideas listing every basic fault repeatedly
List cpu. memory config(how many sticks), any other works ie is that a newish hdd?
has the machine any work or upgrades?
#18
its not a "Time", its a "Tiny" its only about 2 years old,

that cpu-z says

AMD ATHLON 64 Processor

Technology - 0.13m
Core Voltage - 1.472 V

Core Speed - 2400.0 Mhz

i know its got 2 512mb ram init to

what other info is needed off it? sorry im not that good on knowing about the insides of how a pc works
#19
The processor type is useful because different processors tolerate different levels of heat (and have their thermal sensors in different places). 0.13 micrometres is 130nm so that's probably one of the original Athlon 64s.

The other bit of useful info is the type on the memory tab, that'll tell you what type of memory you need if you do end up having to buy memory. The 'Dram Frequency' times two will tell you the speed of the current memory, but faster memory of the same type should be compatible so that's not so much an issue.
#20
if all heatsinks are clear i would suggest pulling one of the sticks of ram and testing the machine thoroughly with just one stick in be careful in there and look up anti-static procedures oh and time and tiny ended up the same company

Post a Comment

You don't need an account to leave a comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.

...OR log in with your social account

...OR comment using your social account

Thanks for your comment! Keep it up!
We just need to have a quick look and it will be live soon.
The community is happy to hear your opinion! Keep contributing!