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Recently, I bought a new memory stick to speed up my machine, which is the exact product that I have been using. The problem is either of the RAM overheats like after 5 minutes once my computer turns on. I have noticed this when I checked my memory sticks, then found out that one of them is abnormally heating up. I have also tried to switch their slots but still, one of them will cause my computer to hang. So, now I'm running it with only 1 stick, but I'm not having any trouble. Hoping that this will be solved.

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Is it always the same stick that heats up? Have you tried using each of the sticks alone? – terdon Jan 4 '13 at 13:33
It asked the shop to replace the new stick. But now, my old stick has been heating up when I use them together. And yes, I have tried to use the sticks alone – Josh Jan 4 '13 at 13:35
As an aside, I think you need to take regular back ups in-case it is hardware fault which does permanent damage! – Dave Jan 4 '13 at 13:38
It is also because of the BIOS unequal distribution of voltage? – Josh Jan 4 '13 at 13:42
Can you clear up which stick is heating up? Your question states that "either of the RAM overheats". Does that mean that it is not predictable as to which stick is overheating? Is it the one that is always in slot 0 or slot 1? What is telling you the stick is overheating? By chance, is there hot air from the CPU fan being reflected from the heat sink onto that first stick of RAM? Are you using RAM with heat sinks mounted on them? Any pictures of your setup? Motherboard model? Specific info on the Ram? – Bon Gart Jan 4 '13 at 14:54

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