8.1. COMMON MEMORY PROBLEMS
When you have a problem with memory, the cause is usually one of three things:
Improper Configuration: You have the wrong part for your computer or did not follow the configuration rules.
Improper Installation: The memory may not be seated correctly, a socket is bad, or the socket may need cleaning.
Defective Hardware: The memory module itself is defective.
The fact that many computer problems manifest themselves as memory problems makes troubleshooting difficult. For example, a problem with the motherboard or software may produce a memory error message.
This chapter is designed to help you figure out if you have a memory problem, and if so, what kind of problem it is, so you can get to a solution as quickly as possible.