Need a memory check? Do you suspect that your computer have may be the victim of bad memory? There are several ways to check for bad memory and I will go through a short list in this article. Memory can go bad at any time and there are also certain things you can do to help prevent the onset of bad memory.

Having bad memory on your PC can manifest itself in many different ways. One way is that you’ll start getting blue screens of death suddenly while working on your computer. Even though it’s not a pretty error, it definitely is clear what the problem is.

Other times bad memory problems are a little more tricky to figure out. For example, your computer may suddenly freeze and you have to restart in order for it to start working again. This could be an issue with the OS or with the hardware. You can usually determine if this is a problem with the memory by checking to see if the mouse still moves when the freeze occurs.

Most of the time, when software causes Windows to freeze, the mouse cursor is still movable. However, if the mouse freezes also, you might be looking at a memory problem.

Other bad memory issues include the computer not booting up at all. You’ll just get an error before the Windows logo even appears. This means that the memory is not compatible or not functioning correctly. You may even get just a blank black screen.

memtest86 is by far the most popular amongst the memory checking crowd and works very well. It has a whole slew of tests that you pick and choose to run. Latest Version v4

Prime95 is another memory checker, but one that has been updated more regularly and that works with multicore CPUs, which are becoming more prevalent these days. The program tests both the CPU and memory by using various stress tests, such as calculating large prime numbers.

Finally, if you have determined that there is a problem with the memory on your computer, you can try removing the memory one by one to see which one is causing the problem. If you have several DIMMs installed on your PC just go through them one by one.