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If one of the RAM slots on my PC is showing up as empty in the BIOS even
though there is a RAM chip in there, what does that mean?

Does it mean the RAM chip is faulty, or could it mean the motherboard is
faulty?


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That the motherboard doesn't like it for some reason.

There can be a large variety of reasons for that, everything from
it not being a stick that it likes, thru to a bad socket to it just not
being inserted properly into the socket etc.
 
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Usually not. Those do usually show as being present in the bios,
but just give errors. Some faults can see it not even appearing
in the bios, but that sort of fault isnt very common.

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Yes, it can be because the socket isnt working properly and
there can be a variety of reasons why that can happen.

The easy test for a bad socket or motherboard fault affecting
just one socket is to move the ram sticks between sockets and
see if the stick that is currently being recognised in another
socket is seen when its in the socket that the bios doesn't see
a stick in. Best to do that simple socket check with just one stick
and try it in each socket in turn. But some motherboards are
fussy about which socket to use if only one stick is used etc.  

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I moved the sticks across, and it had the same result (1 not recognised), so
it must be the slot.

What is the solution?  New PC?


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Well a bios flash might help although I doubt it , you could introduce a
larger stick of the capacity you need

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Did a stick ever work in the slot ?  If it did, the slot has clearly died.

If it didn't, it would be worth trying just one stick in
that slot if the motherboard allows just one in that slot.

If that still doesn't work, and its never worked, it might just
be that the motherboard doesn't like those sticks much.
An updated bios may fix that or a different stick may work.

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That varys with the detail of the PC. If its rather elderly and
you would prefer a new decent performance PC, that may be
be the best approach. If it's a decent modern motherboard that's
just failed, it can be worth just replacing the motherboard.

If its in between, and you cant buy a motherboard that will
take that cpu and ram anymore, a new PC might be best.
 


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How long should a motherboard be expected to last? Though the warranty may
be12 months, surely a PC can reasonably be expected to last a few years?




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Years.


Yep. Can be tricky convincing the seller tho.  

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did the stick work before is this a try and see ?

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