Step by Step Guide to Repair a Dead Memory Stick

As you all know, RAM is an important part of our computer’s system and without it, not even a single line can be shown on the display.

In case if your computer’s RAM got recently dead and which you also might want to get repaired too, then don’t worry about it because I have a great trick to repair any kind of RAM Stick in just only 10 minutes;

And that’s the reason why I made this tutorial too short and easy that even an OLD School Guy can fix it.

Mainly in this tutorial, I’ll suggest you to bake your RAM Stick into the Hot Oven because proving heat can Reflow the solder joints on PCB and re-join all the broken connections. I did this with my RAM once and that still working now for 8 months after baking.



#How Reflow Can Help?

Reflow soldering is the most common process used by the manufacturers and repair shops to mount the electronic components on a PCB.

Reflow is the stage of reflowing solder where the ‘solder’ or ‘solder paste changes its state from Solid to Liquid, at high heat temperature to make a complete and proper solder joint on PCB (printed board circuits).

And in this tutorial, we are using the baking method of Reflow by providing the direct heat of 200-degree Celsius to Printed Circuit Board to re-join its broken connections by melting the solder underneath the GPU Chip.

To know more about the baking method of Reflow or need to know what actually reflow is and need some proper guidance about it, then check out this link which you might have interest in; >> What Is Reflow? Explained With Procedure

Note: If your Ram is still in under warranty then I don’t think you should try to do anything on your own. So, just remove the RAM from your computer and give it to the manufacturer’s service center or call to the manufacturer’s Customer Care for all the extra support.

Note 2: There is no guarantee that you can fix your RAM perfectly but the best part is, this tutorial work’s 95% for all the time. But make sure you only try to do it with a DEAD or FAULTY RAM.



So, Lets See How to Fix It;

As you can see I have a set of two RAM’s and neither of one is working. My computer never boots up if I fit these RAM into my motherboard because it only shows me the black blank screen.

So, I decided to repair at least one of them;

I’ll demonstrate the full procedure below by showing you some pictures and also explains what to do and how things going to work out.

Note 3: Make sure you try to clean your RAM first, and install it back into your computer just for the testing purpose. I’m only saying this because sometimes a single dirty or carboned connection can be the reason for the No Display fault. Here is another quick tutorial to show you how to do it because there is a proper way to clean a RAM Stick. Link >>How to Properly Clean a RAM Stick?

Step 1 – Preheat your Oven to the minimum temperature of 150C for 3-5 min, and make sure you are not using any Microwave Oven because it can damage the Printed Circuit Board of your RAM.

Step 2 Getting Things Ready: While your oven is preheating, go grab 2x 10 inches foil paper and put your both RAMs at the edge of different foil papers and then wrap it up tightly. Also, make sure you fold the empty space into upward flaps.

Step 3 Repairing: I think your oven should be ready to bake by now. So, this is the time when you need to put your RAM Stick directly into the oven and set the timer for about 2 minutes at the temperature of 200 Degree C, and after when the 2 minutes get completed then just increase the heat for about 230 Degree C for 2 more minutes.

Step 4 – Let The RAM Cool Down: After 3 or 4 min of baking, don’t just suddenly take out your RAM from the Oven. You’ll only need to open the Oven’s door and leave it for a while to cool it down.

Step 5 Testing: Now open your computer’s case and install the RAM back to its place, and after that you can try to start your computer. If your computer starts perfectly that means you’ve successfully repaired your RAM Stick and save a lot of money.

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80 COMMENTS

  1. Please make a video.i’ve already spent more money by upgrading my system.and now i’m in a big trouble ,my new 8gb ram stick dead,so I have to fix it before my dad sees.i beg u pls help me

  2. Im seeing a lot of people worried about the metal contamination, how was your experience around this, and would it be wise to use a toaster oven instead?

  3. Hi, Mr. Madhur? Man, You are very technical and hot, i love your skills. You can’t imagine you have pinned my heart so hard. I love you very much, may God bless you soo much.

  4. Thought this was a joke when I first saw it but man, I cant believe it worked! Read your article on reflow but still, dude, that was true insight to be able to apply the concept to your oven at home. Anyway thank you so much, it helped me revive my dead RAM (laptop RAM btw – for anyone who wants to know).

    Thanks again!

  5. Awesome Technic..Mr Madhur .. Its working properly. After bake the RAM , when I see the booting screen on my screen, I laughed as lunatic.
    (Thinking.. wonderful..)

    I’m also an IT Professional in Defence Forces …
    But this …technic.. is… awesome.

    Thank you.

  6. my oven toaster is no temperature control,
    only timer control.

    this is ok?
    or i need to use oven with temperature control???

    please answer
    thankss…

  7. my ram is functional at the moment but sometimes get bsod. memtest test gives quite a few errors so guessing faulty ram ? or not?

  8. Hi Madhur, I recently upgraded my pc having 4gb RAM with an additional 4gb RAM with 64bit OS. It worked fine for 4 days. then the old ram got faulty. I tested in both the slots but didnt work. I tried the OVEN method yet it didnt work. is it a case of incompatibility. Can this RAM be repaired or should i go for a new one

  9. I currently have a Toaster Oven, without any temperature control. Only timer control, is their anyway that I can try to heat my RAM using just this toaster oven? Like set the time to and such.

  10. I put my ram, wrapped in two layers of paper towel, in the toaster oven, @ 175 deg F, for 30 minutes, to get rid of any moisture, then I just used my hot air gun on high in circular motion, around the chips, for about 10 seconds per chip. Don’t know if that was too high, or too long. Afterwards, I put back in the toaster oven, @ 150 deg F, for 10 minutes, and it works like a charm. No more vibrations crashing my laptop, after 5 minutes of playing a game, or Youtube.
    I know that a more permanent fix, is to add flux afterwards, but I’ve never used flux. Can it just be sprayed on?
    Also, only use your oven, if you never plan on eating out of it, for a while, and a couple heat ups afterwards, to clean it.
    I only used my toaster oven to preheat, and for the cooling down process. There’s should not be hardly any flux, or residue. Nevertheless, It would be a good idea to heat up the oven afterwards, and allow it to air out.
    Always preheat, and cool down. Also, must not allow any vibrations after the reflow to the oven, to cool down.
    I think the pros use two spare toaster ovens. one for preheating and cooling down, and the other for reflow.

  11. It is very good post on repairing dead RAM because everyone has computer and this information is very helpful to repair our dead RAM.

  12. There was a time when most of the people used to think that if the ram is not working then the whole system is not going to work and this is still relevant. In this context I want to say that by now we can fix or repair a dead ram and will continue the use of the system.

  13. The dead RAM sticks can be repaired by the method post has given and this can be applied by those who are working in the hardware field and learning about the methods of the hardware repairing.

  14. Good steps mention in this post to Repair a Dead Memory Stick. thanks for sharing this post. it helps the user to repair dead memory stick.

  15. You really described in detail to repair a dead RAM stick. I applied all these steps and successfully resolved this issue. Thanks.

  16. If you are feeling that your laptop RAM is going to be dead and it need an upgrade then try to update the system first. It may solve the RAM issues. But if it does not work, then remove the RAM and replace it with a new one.

  17. Hello brother, my laptop uses 2 rams of 2gb each. Last week I went to a technician he removed one of the upper sticks and cleared it with an eraser and placed it back. The system worked fine till now. But again when I am booting up the windows, the leds blink up and go off within a few seconds. Should I try to clean the second stick also or should I try your method. Also can you please tell me how to chevk whether the ram is dead. Thanks.

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