RAM comes in many packages, such as the dual in-line memory module, or DIMM. Regardless of the package, all memory has connector pins that allow communication between it and a computer. When these pins become dirty, the memory module may not be detectable by the computer and it will appear to be defective. You can clean the pins to ensure a good connection with the computer. Cleaning a DIMM only takes a few minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Paper towel
Moisten a paper towel with rubbing alcohol.
Rub the copper pins of the memory module with the paper towel. Use a circular motion and do not apply much force. You just want to gently rub the pins and let the rubbing alcohol do most of the work.
Allow the pins to dry. They will air dry in a matter of minutes.
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