Dead RAM

Litterally within seconds of hitting enter on yesterdays POTD entry.  I heard a fizz, crack, phutt noise come from my PC.  This was followd by my PC powering itself off.

It didn’t take long to diagnose – one of my memory chips had blown!  Yes that is a photograph of the memory (alright I admit I added the smoke to the picture).

Two trips to my local PC component supplier later and I’m back up and running again.  (The first lot of memory I bought just wouldn’t work with my motherboard and had to be replaced).  Why does it always take at least TWO trips to the shop to fix any problem?  Eh?