I have a HP pavilion ze4900 & it has broke again (and I think it’s my ram).
This has happened to me before, where I would just have my computer on & running with programs and a blue screen with white text appears.
and it looks like:
Last time, someone repaired my computer by replacing a ram stick (256mb)
Right now i have 2 (256mb); one that was replaced & one that came with the computer
- the blue screen of death has come back again. At this point, what should I do?
- if i were to replace the ram, would you recommend upgrading up to a 512mb? (for one slot)
First of all, you have to find out what is causing this blue screen. It’s possible that the memory module is bad again or you might have a faulty memory slot on the motherboard.
According to Crucial.com your laptop has two memory slots and this will help you to narrow down the problem. You’ll have to test both memory modules installing them one by one into each memory slot. You can test memory with Memtest 86+, make sure to test each module 3-4 times, so it fails or passes a few times in a row.
Install module 1 into slot 1 and run the test, then install the same module into the slot 2 and run test again. Repeat the same with the second memory module. If both memory modules pass the test in the slot 1 but fail in the slot 2, you have a problem with the slot 2. If module 1 passes the test in both slots, but module 2 fails in both slots, the second module is bad. You got the idea, right?
If you have bad memory, replace the module. You can buy a bigger one. It looks like each slot will take up to 1GB DDR PC2700 module.
If you have bad memory slot, you have two options. First, replace the motherboard. Second, use the same motherboard with only one memory slot occupied. I would go with the second option.