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Open the computer case
extract RAM
clean it with dry cloth
brush the RAM slot from dust
put the RAM back
check it

Posted on Feb 22, 2012

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    Darwish Al-helo Feb 22, 2012

    if no progress do the same for your VGA card (if any)

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