Testing your RAM (Random Access Memory) is essential to your computers overall health. Testing your computer’s RAM will allow you to see how much RAM you really have and if it may be damaged.
RAM is an essential component that your computer needs. Your computer uses RAM when running programs and or necessary tasks while your computer is on. This means, if your a multitask-er and run several programs simultaneously then your computer will require a decent amount of RAM (2GB at least) to perform smoothly. For the average computer user, testing your RAM should be done quarterly in a year. Like any other electronic device, RAM can short out or simply just fail. Hardware failures happen all to often.
Computer Repair in Austin Texas. Please see instructions below to test your computer’s RAM.
1. Assuming your computer is already booted up and on the desktop, right click on My Computer and select properties.
2. Select the General Tab. Here you can see your computer’s available RAM. RAM is measured in MB for megabytes and GB for gigabytes.
3. To see the usage of how much a particular process or program takes, back on your desktop hit CTR L | ALT | DELETE. This will open Task Manager. In Task Manager select the Processes tab to see the current memory usage for each process.
4. Now that we understand what RAM is and what it does we can move on to testing our RAM. You will need to download a tool first online. For the MEMTEST86+ test tool please click the link.MEMTEST86+ is a standalone program, It does not require the use of an operating system.You can download the ISO file (Image File) and burn it to a disc using INFRA RECORDER or download the executable file installable on Windows.
5. However you decide to install the application the final step is to run the application MEMTEST86+. Follow the on-screen prompts. If you have any questions, refer back to MEMTEST86+ website or our website Computer Repair in Austin