Recently Produced RAM going out suddenly?

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Recently Produced RAM going out suddenly?

Ok, so my friends have been buying RAM for their machines, and I was the one to be installing them, and I started encountering problems recently. Mainly, that about 80% of the Brand New (ram made within the last 6 Months) Have been either dead, or die soon afterwards When I install them. I have seen this with both first party (Kingston, PNY, Other Name brand memory) and 3rd Party ("Generic" ram) and it seems that both qualities have had bad batches all of a sudden. I have even run into errors.

I recently RMAd some Memory from Kingston, and they sent me a new one, which, afaik, is not the same stick (totally different chip layout/RAM type) for my Newly acquired laptop (P !!! 600Mhz Laptop) and I had 2 bad sticks. Both brand new, both shrink wrapped. I will be sending another stick in. making this the second time I have had this. 3rd times the charm, right? Well hopefully...

Anyone running into this lately? I would like to get some input as to why recent ram has gone bad all of a sudden. Has the companies gone lazy, or have they been having problems putting out some quality memory? i am wondering what the point of buying Name Brand, when I get the same results with generic, for cheaper...

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Name brand RAM is purchased f

Name brand RAM is purchased for the warrenty, nothing more. There are only a few makers of RAM chips these days, and none of them are going out of business after the last major consolidations of the 90's.

If you are getting bad RAM all the time I would check to see if you are subjecting them to ESD damage, or if the post office has some special scanning they are using on packages that could be causing the problems. 80% of RAM dying within warrenty is not the norm or all RAM makers would be out of business along with all PC makers. You would have heard about this all over the web by now.

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i bought 3 stick's of 256mb r

i bought 3 stick's of 256mb ram for a 450mhz B&W that i put in this Beige G3 from DMS about 3 month's ago and i have not had a single ram issue yet. maybe it was just bad luck. i know that if a chip is going to frag out (no matter what it is) it sometimes is DOA or will run for a wile then die. i have yet to ever run into ram issues on anything i own or any other types of chip's.

since my first PC back in 94 which was a wise 286 or 386 12mhz or 16mhz. the only thing that cooked it was i was messing around with the drive bay's adjusting the 2 HDD's in it cause one of the cables had a sgort in it and the only way i could test it was to move the HDD wile it was on. it slipped the track and the power leads touched the bottom of the metal case and i sit back and watched the fireworks display.

the other problem i had was a PSU going out which was a quick fix.

the last issue was a old connor HDD that was in my P1 it lasted for a long time and eventualy died.

other than those above i havent had any other trouble.

allot about the ram has to do with what quality parts they use and how much testing they put into it to see if its going to die. some times they rush the product out not testing them properly (i think its called burn in like a CPU goes threw when its first used to make shure its going to hold up.

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There was an issue a few year

There was an issue a few years ago about lower quality makers who didn't do ANY quality control or testing, they just sold RAM modules and replaced the failed ones as they came back in. That was one of the reasons to go with a name brand, as they should actually be tested. If the name brands are just sticking their labels on modules that other companies produced you may be running into the same problem.

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i think that is what was happ

i think that is what was happening. they found a chip maker that would sell them the chips at a cheaper price and it didnt go well so they made a limited bunch of them to get rid of the stock. and finding another chip company. that is part of the problem with some of these chip venders. they buy cheap chip's or stick's and they slap there label on them and it has a high chance of going bad. every company's motto it to buy as cheap as possible and sell high cause they are a name brand Ram supplier.

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