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A Proper Way to Clean a RAM Stick. A lot of people just dump their computer’s memory stick, just because it isn’t working while testing their computer with a new RAM. Believe it or not but if you are having a brand memory plugged into your computer, then there is only 2% to 3% chance that you’ll lose your memory stick and need to buy a new one. Three days later, I got my RAM back yesterday but didn't have the time. As of right now, I tried and tested. I place RAM in slot three and four. Computer wouldn't boot. Took out slot four, tried booting, nothing. Removed three and put four back in, bingo, working. Slot RAM into slot two and leave four in. Bingo again, still working.

If your computer's memory slots are full, some or all the memory chips need to be removed before other memory can be added. Below are the steps on how to remove memory from your computer.

Warning

Before proceeding, make sure your machine is turned off and that you are grounded to avoid damage by ESD. We recommend using a ground wrist strap.

If the computer is not already opened, open the computer and locate the memory in the memory slots you want to remove.

If all memory slots are occupied and you don't know what memory to remove, use a third-party tool, such as the online Crucial Memory Scanner, to display your memory information. The picture is an example of what the results of this memory scanner may show. The example computer has 8 GB of memory with 2 GB memory cards in each of the available slots. If you wanted to upgrade this to a total of 16 GB of memory, you would remove all 2 GB memory sticks and replace them with 4 GB memory modules.

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Once you've located the memory you want to remove, you should notice two tabs on either side of the memory slot, as shown in the picture below. Press each tab down and away from the memory slot. If done successfully, the memory should pop out and once both tabs are away from the memory module you can lift the memory out with no effort.

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Is it possible to fix laptop memory slot failure with a guitar pick? Yes, it is. You will not fix the memory slot itself, but you can work around the problem. How to play poker texas hold'em. 🙂
Today I received a Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 laptop with the following complaint:

The laptop starts and works properly, but recognizes only one of the two memory modules installed. The laptop has two 256MB RAM modules installed, but registers only 256MB.

First of all, I removed the memory cover to find out if both memory modules are installed correctly. The laptop had two 256MB Kingston modules installed and they were seated properly.

When I started the laptop and entered the BIOS setup menu, I found that only one of the two memory modules is detected and the laptop registers only 256MB (262144KB) of RAM instead of 512MB (524288KB).
Just a side note. In the computer world 1MB=1024KB. That’s why 256MB=262144KB and 512MB=524288KB.

I tried reseating both memory modules but it didn’t help.
After that I tried installing both memory modules in both memory slots one by one and here’s what I found. The laptop worked absolutely fine when both memory modules were installed into the slot A, but failed to boot with both memory modules installed into the slot B.
Apparently, there is nothing wrong with the memory modules and the laptop has a faulty memory slot B. The memory slot is permanently soldered on the motherboard. If one of the slots fails you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard or use the laptop with only one working slot.
Buying a new motherboard for this older laptop wouldn’t make any sense because it’s too expensive, but the laptop is still in a good working condition except the faulty memory slot B, so I continued playing with that trying to find the solution.

I noticed that the laptop start normally with the memory module installed into the faulty slot if I slightly press on the module with my thumb. And this gave me an idea.

This guitar pick is going to fix my laptop. 🙂

I installed both RAM modules back into the slots and then placed the guitar pick over the module in the slot B as it shown on the picture.

I thought if I close the RAM door it will press on the guitar pick/memory module and it will have the same effect as pressing on the module with my thumb. And it worked!

Both memory modules were detected properly and the laptop registered all 512MB. After “the fix” I tested memory with Memtest86+ and the laptop passed the test.
I wouldn’t call it the best solution for fixing a faulty memory slot but in some cases it will work.

By the way, I didn’t charge the customer for this “repair”, he knows what is going on and how I “fixed” his problem.