The following how-to was originally Private Messaged to me by graydiggy
. I did some extra formatting to it (to make it prettier), so take all comments/questions to him.
WARNING: I am not responsible for any damage that may be done to you, your house, pets, oven, or any other thing including your computer.
Another warning. This is not for the faint of heart. Be very careful. There is a possibility to be injured while doing this. AGAIN, I am not responsible.
Ok, so we all have our computer problems. For instance, a stick or two of very bad, bad ,badbadbad RAM. Well i have 2 of those sticks. They decided to not work. so i thought "crap this sucks monkeys" started looking through newegg for a new set. Then BAM!!! it hit me... Bake them. I have done it with video cards that still work now, at least a year after baking.
I will explain to you in detail what to do, what not to do and how things should work out. "With pretty pictures"
So what we have here are the too culprits. Neither stick will let my computer post. A 4 gig set of OCZ DDR2 1066 RAM.
This is what happens on my monitor when my computer doesn't post.
- Ok, now that we have that covered. We are going to go to the kitchen, with RAM in hand. Preheat the oven to 425F
- While it is Preheating, get the foil out. Rip off about 8 to 10 inches off. Place it flat on the counter with the shiny side up.
- Take your stick of RAM and place it on one of the edges of the foil, As shown in this next picture.
Leave about 1 inch to start wrapping the RAM. Make sure you wrap it tight. Oh. It is safe to leave the heatsink on if you are unable to remove it safely.
Here is what your finished product should look like. Make sure you fold the flaps up. It helps with removing them.
Now on to stick #2.
Ok. All done with the wrapping.
Aint they purty?
The oven should be ready to go by now. If not, wait longer. Place the RAM in the oven with the flaps pointing upwards. As seen in the next picture.
- Set the timer for 9 minutes. "I must stress this. do not go any more than 9 minutes."
- Now go do something. Smoke a cig, read a mag, poop. Whatever you can think of that will kill 9 minutes.
I smoked a cig, and made bread sticks.
- Ok. Timer has gone off. quickly turn off the oven and open the door. Let it air out for a minute or 2.
- Now grab something to protect your hands. Oven mits are a great invention. Now carefully pick up the sticks one by one by the flaps we made. Gently set the RAM on the counter, or a cookie sheet. Anything will work. but be EXTREMELY CAREFUL when you set it down. let it sit for about 5 minutes. Now after 5 minutes, you can carefully unwrap the sticks. They will still be EXTREMELY HOT!!!! But we need the buggers unwrapped.
- Once they are unwrapped, let them sit for 15 minutes.
Enough time to go watch Robot Chicken.
- Once they have cooled. Put them carefully back into the computer.
- Turn it on and hope you don't see something that looks like this shooting out of your computer.
- Ok lets see what happens.
Awesome, a post screen!!! w00t!!!
Now you can go run Memtest and see how well it works out for you. Mine passed. I don't have a pic. My camera died. Embarassed
So now that we have our RAM back, we save money.
Thanks for reading, have fun, and be careful.