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Memory Broken RAM module - will it still function?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by abezors, 17 May 2010.

  1. abezors

    abezors Lurking since '08

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    So I was removing an Arctic Cooling RC heatspreader from my DDR2 Crucial Ballistix - and the thermal tape clean ripped one of the 128mb memory chips off the PCB! /facepalms

    So a question for anyone who has tried:
    - Will a RAM stick still work if it is missing one chip?

    I'm expecting either answer:
    "yes it will be normal but reduced by 128mb of capacity"
    "No way fool!"

    Yes I could try it myself, but I don't want to do even more damage (eg fry the motherboard etc).

    Bare this in mind if you buy the (normal, not Pro version) Arctic Cooling RCs, the stock thermal tape is awful - barely strong enough to hold the heat spreader securely onto the RAM 24/7, but too strong that it breaks memory chips off the RAM when you want to remove it.... :sigh:
     
  2. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    I would be very surprised if it does work.
     
  3. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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  4. abezors

    abezors Lurking since '08

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    Righto, thanks for the replies. I was fearing the worst anyway
     
  5. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    thats 3 no's then
     
  6. deathtaker27

    deathtaker27 #noob

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    make that 4 no's, but i could be wrong
     
  7. lysaer

    lysaer Suck my unit! Kirk lazarus (2008)

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    "No way fool!" :D
     
  8. Neox010

    Neox010 EvE Addict

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    Not unless you have the A-team next door.
     
  9. Cabe6403

    Cabe6403 Supreme Commander

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    I think you should try it anyway.

    Who knows, maybe you'll discover a whole new market oportunity for 'damaged' ram :p

    But I'm still going to say it wont work
     
  10. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    There wont be the correct amount of memory addresses, so I think it will be rejected. I'd love to be proved wrong though. :)
     
  11. Jim

    Jim Ineptimodder

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    Obviously not, but if you glue the module back on it'll be fine.
     
  12. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    If the stick is really, really borked by the loss of one chip, you may damage your motherboard trying to boot the PC with the damaged stick in.
     

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