A+ Essentials Chapter 4

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RAM

In this chapter, you will learn how to

• Identify the different types of RAM packaging
• Explain the varieties of DRAM
• Install RAM properly
• Perform basic RAM troubleshooting


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Steve adds a second 512-MB 240-pin DIMM to his PC, which should bringthe total RAM in the system up to 1 GB. The PC has a Pentium 4 3.2-GHzprocessor and three 240-pin DIMM slots on the motherboard. When he turnson the PC, however, the RAM count only shows 512 MB of RAM. Which of thefollowing is most likely to be the problem?

    • A.

      Steve failed to seat the RAM properly.

    • B.

      Steve put DDR SDRAM in a DDR 2 slot.

    • C.

      The CPU cannot handle 1 GB of RAM.

    • D.

      The motherboard can use only one RAM slot at a time.

    Correct Answer
    A. Steve failed to seat the RAM properly.
    Explanation
    Steve failed to seat the RAM properly.

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  • 2. 

    Scott wants to add 512 MB of PC100 SDRAM to an aging but still usefuldesktop system. The system has a 100-MHz motherboard and currently has256 MB of non-ECC SDRAM in the system. What else does he need to knowbefore installing?

    • A.

      What speed of RAM does he need?

    • B.

      What type of RAM does he need?

    • C.

      How many pins does the RAM have?

    • D.

      Can the system handle that much RAM?

    Correct Answer
    D. Can the system handle that much RAM?
    Explanation
    Scott needs to know if the system can handle that much RAM.

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  • 3. 

    What is the term for the delay in the RAM’s response to a request from the MCC?

    • A.

      Variance

    • B.

      MCC gap

    • C.

      Latency

    • D.

      Fetch interval

    Correct Answer
    C. Latency
    Explanation
    Latency is the term for the delay in the RAM’s response to a request from
    the MCC.

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  • 4. 

    Rico has a motherboard with four RAM slots that doesn’t seem to work. Hehas two RDRAM RIMMs installed, for a total of 1 GB of memory, but thesystem won’t boot. What is likely to be the problem?

    • A.

      The motherboard requires SDRAM, not RDRAM.

    • B.

      The motherboard requires DDR SDRAM, not RDRAM.

    • C.

      The motherboard requires all four slots filled with RDRAM.

    • D.

      The motherboard requires that the two empty slots be filled with CRIMMsfor termination.

    Correct Answer
    D. The motherboard requires that the two empty slots be filled with CRIMMsfor termination.
    Explanation
    RDRAM-based motherboards require empty slots to be filled with CRIMMs
    for termination.

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  • 5. 

    Silas has a new Athlon 64 motherboard with two sticks of DDR2 RAMinstalled in two of the three RAM slots, for a total of 2 GB of system memory.When he runs CPU-Z to test the system, he notices that the software claimshe’s running single-channel memory. What could be the problem? (Select thebest answer.)

    • A.

      His motherboard only supports single-channel memory.

    • B.

      His motherboard only supports dual-channel memory with DDR RAM, not DDR2.

    • C.

      He needs to install a third RAM stick to enable dual-channel memory.

    • D.

      He needs to move one of the installed sticks to a different slot to activate dual-channel memory.

    Correct Answer
    D. He needs to move one of the installed sticks to a different slot to activate dual-channel memory.
    Explanation
    Motherboards can be tricky and require you to install RAM in the proper
    slots to enable dual-channel memory access. In this case, Silas should move
    one of the installed sticks to a different slot to activate dual-channel memory.
    (And he should check the motherboard manual for the proper slots.)

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  • 6. 

    Motherboards that support more than four sticks of RAM may require what tofunction properly?

    • A.

      Buffered RAM

    • B.

      ECC RAM

    • C.

      Dual-channel RAM

    • D.

      DDR2 RAM

    Correct Answer
    A. Buffered RAM
    Explanation
    Motherboards that support more than four sticks of RAM may require
    buffered RAM to function properly.

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  • 7. 

    What is the best way to determine the total capacity and specific type of RAMyour system can handle?

    • A.

      Check the motherboard book.

    • B.

      Open the case and inspect the RAM.

    • C.

      Check the Device Manager.

    • D.

      Check the System utility in the Control Panel.

    Correct Answer
    A. Check the motherboard book.
    Explanation
    The best way to determine the total capacity and specific type of RAM your
    system can handle is to check the motherboard book.

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  • 8. 

    Gregor installed a third stick of known-good RAM into his Athlon 64 system,bringing the total amount of RAM up to 768 MB. Within a few days, though,he started having random lockups and reboots, especially when doingmemory intensive tasks like gaming. What is most likely the problem?

    • A.

      Gregor installed DDR RAM into a DDR2 system.

    • B.

      Gregor installed DDR2 RAM into a DDR system.

    • C.

      Gregor installed RAM that didn’t match the speed or quality of the RAM in the system.

    • D.

      Gregor installed RAM that exceeded the speed of the RAM in the system.

    Correct Answer
    C. Gregor installed RAM that didn’t match the speed or quality of the RAM in the system.
    Explanation
    Most likely, Gregor installed RAM that didn’t match the speed or quality of
    the RAM in the system.

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  • 9. 

    Cindy installs a second stick of DDR2 RAM into her Core 2 Duo system,bringing the total system memory up to 2 GB. Within a short period of time,though, she begins experiencing Blue Screens of Death. What could theproblem be?

    • A.

      She installed faulty RAM.

    • B.

      The motherboard could only handle 1 GB of RAM.

    • C.

      The motherboard needed dual-channel RAM.

    • D.

      There is no problem. Windows always does this initially, but gets better after crashing a few times.

    Correct Answer
    A. She installed faulty RAM.
    Explanation
    If you have no problems with a system and then experience problems after
    installing something new, then chances are the something new is at fault!

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