How To Repair Ram Slot On The Motherboard In 7 Steps



Are you facing performance-related issues on your desktop? Does your PC become choppy? The reason behind it might be the RAM or the RAM socket itself. In today’s article, we are going to discuss how to repair RAM slot on the motherboard and the symptoms related to RAM problems also. So, read the article thoroughly. 

Now, coming to the RAM and the RAM slot. RAM or the Random-Access Memory is the hardware where the CPU stores temporary data and is able to do some operations because it is more accessible for the CPU. The computer can’t run without RAM. The socket or slot in which we install the RAM in the motherboard is known as the RAM slot.

1. Symptoms of RAM problem

Here, we are going to discuss some of the symptoms related to RAM problems so that you understand what’s wrong with your system.

I. Degrade performance:

When you first boot up your system, it will work absolutely fine in normal operation. But after some time, when you start any of your programs, you will notice that it is taking more time to load in memory. Especially when you do some RAM-intensive tasks like photo editing, video rendering, or anything like that, you will notice some unusual performance degradation. This is one of the most common signs of RAM card or memory card failure.

II. Random restart:

When you are doing some tasks, if your system suddenly restarts automatically, then one of the reasons behind it might be the RAM card or memory card failure.

III. Blue screen flash:

If the blue screen or Black Screen flashes with some error code or beep sound or beep code while you are doing some task, it may be due to RAM failure. This is one of the most common signs of RAM card or memory controller failure.

IV. File corruption:

When you save any of your projects, or you browse any of your files from the drive, and if it is corrupted, that means there is a problem in the RAM card or memory controller itself.

V. Operation fails:

When you try to install new software or applications in your system, if it is not installed and you cannot troubleshoot the problem, then it may be because of RAM card or memory controller failure.

2. What causes memory damage

Now, we are going to talk about some of the reasons behind RAM or memory damage.

I. Power surge:

Unstable additional power usage or the power surge may damage any of your components of the motherboard, including RAM or memory module also. Make sure to use any UPS or power surge protector device to prevent this damage.

II. Heat:

Excessive heat can also damage any of the motherboard components, including RAM. If your motherboard does have better heatsinks to dissipate heat outside from the board, then it will be better. Otherwise, it may damage your RAM or memory module and other components too. If you are overclocking your memory frequency, then make sure to keep the temperature in control. Nowadays, modern motherboards come with RAM heatsinks to keep the memory cool.

III. Age:

Age is one of the reasons behind RAM failure. Each and every electronic component has a certain lifespan. If you use it for a long time or if you use any kind of cheap memory type, then there’s a high chance of RAM or memory module failure or memory errors.

3. How To Repair RAM Slot On The Motherboard

Before you begin to fix or repair the dead RAM slot or the bad RAM slot in your motherboard, make sure that the problem is in your RAM slot only. As there might be a chance to have a problem in the RAM also, so you make sure of that. Now, you can start the process.

  • Shut down your PC and turn off the power button then unplug from the power cable main power supply and wait until all the LEDs are blinking.
  • After that, open the cabinet and then disassemble every component. If you are doing it for the very first time and don’t know how to do that, then read the manual thoroughly and follow the instructions.
  • Now, in the motherboard, you will find your DIMM socket or the memory channels. Unlock the RAM connector and pull it to disassemble the RAM stick very gently.
  • Now, check the RAM stick or memory stick properly if there is any damage or not. If it is, then replace the RAM sticks.
  • Now, you will find some dust and grime on the socket. Clean it with compressed air spray. If there’s still any dust left, then use the isopropyl alcohol to deep clean it. It is not recommended to clean it with water or any wet cloth because moisture is harmful to electronic parts and components.
  • After cleaning, leave it in the air to dry properly. Though the isopropyl alcohol evaporates very fast, still you should follow this.
  • Now, you have to install the RAM sticks in the respective slots again. Don’t put in the wrong slots, then reassemble the board and plug it into the power.

This procedure will solve your RAM slot problem. Now, you can boot your system and enjoy the performance.

4. Can the RAM slots be replaced?

Yes, the damaged RAM slot or the broken RAM slot can be replaced. You can get that from your brand’s official store. But to remove the damaged slot and replace the new slot is tricky. You should have proper knowledge of soldering and need some tools. Generally, we don’t have that, so it will be better to replace the RAM slot or replacement memory from the official motherboard manufacturer’s service center.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you fix a RAM slot on a PC motherboard that doesn’t recognize RAM sticks?

If the other RAM slots recognize the RAM but, in the socket, you are trying to insert that is not recognizing, then the problem is with that dedicated bad slot of the motherboard. For this additional damage, you should contact the official service center.

Will my PC boot if I install RAM on the second memory slot of a motherboard instead of on the first one?

If you install it in the second memory slot, the system will detect, and the PC will boot. It hardly matters if you install RAM in the second or first slot.

What does the color-coding on RAM slots mean?

If your motherboard has 4 additional DIMMs slot color-coded, that means it supports dual channel memory along with single-channel mode. If you are going to install two slots, then install the RAM in the same color-coded slots. If your motherboard needed a BIOS update, then do that.

Why do we put the RAM in the 2nd and 4th slot in a motherboard? Why don’t we choose the 1st and 3rd slot for 2 RAM sticks?

It is because of the dual-channel memory architecture. If you have 2 RAM sticks and the motherboard supports dual channel configuration, then you have to put it in 2nd and 4th place instead of 1st and 3rd.

Conclusion

If you are facing some memory-related issues like performance decrease, random restarts, file corruption, or anything like that, then you can follow the above-given steps to repair the dead RAM slots on your motherboard.

After performing the above-mentioned steps, you should get a problem-free experience in your system. Also, let us know in the comment section whether your problems are solved or not.

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Thomas Pelva

Hey Guys, I am Thomas Pelva from LA. I am currently a final year student and I have a lot of interest in Tech & Gaming . I welcome you all to my blog, here you will get all your PC related queries solved. I have build more 300 gaming gigs therefore I have some amount of knowledge of PC peripherals and components. I will try to solve all your queries under my knowledge about building your Gaming Pc and Gaming Setup.

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