Question Could RAM not work due to being filthy?

Oct 11, 2019
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I have a piece of RAM that showed a ton of errors on memtest and I've had almost daily BSODs for a long time and today I opened the case to put in a new piece of RAM and I noticed that the faulty RAM was VERY dusty from one side (completely dust free on the other, go figure). Just covered in filth in some spots. The slot was also a bit dirty.

Is it possible that this stick of RAM was malfunctioning due to being covered in dust or it's slot being dusty?
 

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Sep 26, 2019
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There is only one way that I could think of that being dusty could possibly affect it, that would be if there is dust in the actual slot that is interfering with the electrical connection.
 
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