What is the worst that can happen when installing incompatible RAM?


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I was harvesting parts from a computer, and I found a couple gigs of RAM. I could always use a couple more gigs, but I don't know if they are compatible -- and I do know that if they are incompatible, it won't work. But, exactly what do I risk by trying it out? Will the system just not boot, so I take it out and it's as if nothing ever happened? Or will attempting such an installation actually result in permanent damage to my system if it's not compatible?


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Usually all that will happen is the system will not boot or cause blue screens. It is very unlikely the incompatibility will cause additional damage.


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You could always post specs for your motherboard (or computer) and the specs for the RAM chips and someone on here can help determine if you should use said RAM chips or not. That way you do not have to worry about causing damage to your computer.