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how to upgrade RAM

how to upgrade RAM

Have you overcome your fear of technology enough that you now feel up to the challenge of learning how to upgrade RAM memory? If your computer has become sluggish, and you’ve determined by research, process of elimination, or trial and error that insufficient RAM is indeed the problem, then you have earned the right to open up your PC and upgrade the RAM. Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting a task as it sounds; you don’t need highly-specialized training to do it. You just need to know what is what inside your computer. Before opening up your computer, make sure to take all the necessary precautions as you would with any other electrical equipment.

  1. Consult hardware manuals. Find out what kind of motherboard you have and whether it is compatible with and will support the additional RAM you want to put in. Motherboard and RAM compatibility can be an issue, so be sure of the kind that you need.

  2. Also, check whether you need a Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) or Single In-line Memory Module (SIMM).



    t new computers now use DIMM; if your unit needs a SIMM, there’s every possibility that RAM may be the least of your problems, and you’re probably better off buying a new PC altogether. While you’re at it, pay attention to the RAM socket and find out how the particular model of your motherboard requires RAM to be installed; otherwise, you may install it incorrectly. Other things to look out for are the kind of DRAM your computer uses (regular, FPM, EDO, or Synch), and whether your motherboard has 30, 72 or 168 pins.

  3. After you have all this necessary information on hand, then you can find the replacement RAM you need. Have it ready along with a screwdriver, an anti-static strap on your wrist, and your computer, of course. Make sure the area you’re working in is free of static (including your clothes and hands), as contact with static may ruin your computer’s components.

  4. Turn off the computer and unplug it. Allow a minute or two for the motherboard capacitor to discharge, then unscrew the side panel, and take it off. Put it in a safe spot away from the replacement RAM.

  5. Take out the RAM from the anti-static bag and hold it only by the edges. Open the RAM’s retaining clips (if it has them) outward.

  6. Align the RAM’s slots where it fits into the empty socket on your motherboard as indicated on the manual. Press down firmly until it is securely inserted into the socket. Close the retaining clips if applicable.

  7. Put the computer’s side panel back in place, and screw it back in. (Actually, some techs take this opportunity to do some cleaning up inside the PC as well, dusting lightly with lint-free cloth.) Plug the power back in and boot up.

Now that doesn't seem too hard, does it? After finding out how to upgrade your RAM memory, what other challenges could possible await you next?

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