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Crucial Lifetime Limited Warranty Rocks

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Crucial, owned by Micron Technology Inc., is the maker of several of my RAM sticks and recently I rediscovered why I love their lifetime limited warranty so much. See, I was digging through my box o’ computer junk when I found a couple sticks in anti-static bags and so I did what every nerd does, I popped them into the closest PC to see if they were still okay. The Crucial memory looked fine, contacts were clean and everything, chips looked good, and the computer POST’d and everything, log in, play around, but eventually stuff started to crash when they shouldn’t have and eventually it would blue screen after about thirty minutes of operation.

Obviously the computer was fine before the RAM so the RAM was the likely culprit and so I was going to buy some more (the RAM the computer used was pretty cheap, I was going to just get a 512MB DDR 266Mhz stick) when I remembered that Crucial had a great lifetime limited warranty policy. How did I remember this? This very stick was a replacement for a stick that had gone bad about five years ago! (Is this instead a commentary on Crucial memory? Hardly, two sticks in 7 or 8 years is a pretty good run) So, a fifteen minute phone call later, I have an RMA and I’ll be getting a replacement stick, an upgrade because this part is obsolete, in a few days. I love Crucial!

Moral of the story is that you should check the warranty policy on anything you have that has broken because they might have a great warranty policy like Crucial.

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4 Responses to “Crucial Lifetime Limited Warranty Rocks”

  1. eROCK says:

    Crucial is a great company and their RAM is steller!

  2. Dustin says:

    I think it would seem they are playing off the fact that most people get new computers faster then they new RAM. It is a nice perk, but how often do you really need to replace RAM?

  3. Foobarista says:

    If you actually care about this sort of thing, you care. There are still lots of people who build and upgrade their PCs part by part, or scavenge old PC parts from here and there, and they’ll care bigtime about this sort of thing.

    Upgrading PCs is far easier than horsing around with cars or most home improvement tasks, and if you know how to do it, you can save tons of money over the years by upgrading your PC part-by-part as you need to, as opposed to buying a brand new one when the latest game runs a bit slow or is unhappy with your old video card.

  4. Tim says:

    if you are a cheap bastard like me, you buy a computer with min. ram and then buy the ram you need from 3rd party, because it is cheaper and has a lifetime warranty. most ram has lifetime warranty, so it’s really a no brainer choice between that without and one with lifetime warranty. now i buy ram from an online company that buys back your old ram an gives up to 50% back on the ram you return based off of what they sell the equivalent ram for. in the end, it works out cheaper than anywhere else. now, this is useful since being a gadget weener that i am, i buy computers with min ram and buy maxed out ram for the puter so i don’t need the old ram any more.

    the point of the article, as i saw it, was that you should verify your warranties. this also should include extended warranties that your credit card company offers and perhaps your renter’s or home owner’s policies cover.


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