Source: CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 9th Edition (Exam 220-901 & 220-902) by Mike Meyers (2016)


As CPU data bus sizes increased, so too did the need for RAM wide enough to fill the bus. The Intel 80386 CPU, for example, had a 32-bit data bus and thus the need for 32-bit-wide DRAM. Imagine having to line up 32 one-bit-wide DRAM chips on a motherboard. Talk about a waste of space! Figure 5-6 shows motherboard RAM run amuck.

As far as I know, the expression run amuck is only used in an active type of sense in that something or someone can run amuck, but it cannot be run amuck by someone else. Is my thinking valid?

  • "This photo shows me eating cake"... Why would this not be legitimate? You need to explain your question more clearly. – Catija Feb 16 '17 at 23:08

run amuck [sic] is a past-participial phrase modifying "motherboard RAM".

"run" there is intransitive

This picture shows the weeds in the garden run amok.

This picture shows her hair cut short.

This picture shows the house painted blue.

This picture shows the document doodled on.

This picture shows the moose attacked by wolves.

This picture shows the puddle dried up.

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    Although the more "correct" spelling is "run amok" – Andrew Feb 16 '17 at 23:13
  • Was typing as you were commenting. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Feb 16 '17 at 23:14

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