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Clay
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« on: April 14, 2006, 03:52:20 AM »

All of the sudden, with no changes/installations to my laptop, I am experiencing random crashes in a lot of different programs, including Word, Photoshop, Firefox, etc...  I've never had this problem before 2 days ago.

It leads me to suspect that one of my RAM chips has gone bad, since the Photoshop crashes reference a problem with writing to the memory.  

How do I test to determine whether this is the problem?  Are there good diagnostics that will put the RAM chips through a test to determine if they have a problem?

This is very highly concerning since I am 7 days out from turning in my thesis and desperately need my laptop.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2006, 06:12:30 AM »

http://www.memtest86.com/

The best memory tester out there.  Alternatively, you can also try:

Sisoft Sandra: http://www.sisoftware.net/

Good luck man, on the RAM and the Thesis.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2006, 02:12:24 PM »

Thanks!  It's game related, so at least it's fun to write.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2006, 02:21:24 PM »

You might also want to try something that checks CPU temps, like this:
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,7309,RSS,RSS,00.asp
Heating problems can be very similar to bad memory trouble.
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2006, 09:16:02 AM »

Memtest does work good, I`ll agree with that...even though I`m late... :wink:
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