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Old 11-24-2016, 09:33 AM   #1
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I pulled this memory stick out of a custom build machine a guy gave me. Any ideas to what it is? How I would find out how much memory it is?

P.S. sorry about the fingers and toes

It says OCZ technology and has a barcode sticker on it that says 20-146-904
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:47 AM   #2
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It was made between 2002 and 2010. Call Toshiba for more info unless you can find additional writing on the stick.
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how many where in the machine and what memory is it reporting?
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I can forgive the toes but not the fingers!!!! Bad, bad "doggy" for holding that RAM stick by the electrical contacts!!!! That is a HUGE no-no!

Outside of smashing it with a hammer, that is by far, the easiest way to destroy your RAM though ESD (electro-static discharge) from your body. Understand you can scorch a Grand Canyon size (microscopically speaking) trench through 1000s (millions!) of transistor gates in a memory module with a static discharge so tiny, you (as a human) may not even be aware a discharge even occurred. That is, the "arc" (spark, lightning bolt!) can be so tiny, you cannot hear it, see it, or feel it; yet it is easily large enough to destroy ESD sensitive devices such as memory modules, processors and other high-density digital devices.

Always, as in EVERY SINGLE TIME, pickup and hold RAM by the side edges. NEVER EVER by the electrical contacts. And you should always discharge yourself first by touching a large metal object like the bare metal of the computer case interior before reaching in or grabbing the ESD sensitive device.

If that RAM was not bad before, there is a good chance it is now!

Even if you did not zap it, you should never touch electrical contacts with your bare fingers because skin oils promote corrosion and attract and hang on to dust like fly paper - something to keep in mind when changing CMOS batteries (or any battery) too.

As Corday notes, unless you can find more information on the stick, you may have to call Toshiba (they own OCZ now).

Can we assume this PC you were given does not work? If it does, it should be easy to find out what it is with a HW info program like Speccy . Or ask the guy who gave it to you.
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Bill: I should have blown the pic up first. I missed the thumb.
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For some reason, it was the first thing I noticed! Must be the electronics tech in me.

BTW, my sister used to live in Nesmith. Still have family in Reevesville and along the coast.
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Pull the heat spreader off and have a look for a part number.
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Pull the heat spreader off and have a look for a part number.
Yes, that looks like an add-on heat spreader. I have use a similar one.
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