How to Install RAM

Chris Stephens By Chris Stephens, 8th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2e2upm3_/
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Installing RAM is a very simple and straight forward, but there is some research that you will need to do on your computer before you begin. Here's what you need to know:
• How much RAM you have
• How much RAM you wish to add
• RAM type
• Tools needed
• Warranty
• Where it goes

How to Install RAM

Installing RAM is a very simple and straight forward, but there is some research that you will need to do on your computer before you begin. Here's what you need to know:
• How much RAM you have
• How much RAM you wish to add
• RAM type
• Tools needed
• Warranty
• Where it goes

RAM is usually sold in multiples of 16 megabytes: 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, and 1024 (which is the same as 1GB). Now days you only need to worry about 512 size modules and up. Anything below is too little for today’s computers.

Once you know how much RAM you want. The next step is to determine what type and speed of Ram you need. You can find this in the manual that came with your computer, or you can contact the manufacturer. An important thing to realize is that your options will depend on the design of your computer. Most computers sold today for normal home/office use have DDR 1, 2, or 3 slots. You will also need to know what speed of RAM is required. This will be in the form of MHz For an example; you may have a Dell computer desktop that will only take DDR 400. The 400 is a reference to 400 MHz that the Ram runs at. Additionally, some computers support Dual Channel RAM configuration either as an option or as a requirement. Dual Channel means that RAM modules are installed in matched pairs, so if there is a 512MB RAM module installed, there is a matched 512 MB module installed next to it. When Dual Channel is an optional configuration, installing RAM in matched pairs speeds up the performance of your computer. When it's a requirement, as in computers with the Mac G5 chip(s), the computer will not function properly without matched pairs of RAM modules.

The next step is to open up the case and locate the Ram modules that are installed on your motherboard. Before doing so always make sure to turn off and unplug the computer. Ground yourself by using an anti-static pad or wrist strap to discharge any static electricity. If you do not have one, then just rub your hands on the inside of the computer case. Cases are protected against electrical shock, so by rubbing your hands against it will get rid of any static electricity on your hands. Depending on your computer, you may need a screwdriver to open the case. Sometimes computer cases will have thumbscrews that you just unscrew with your hands. Many systems sold today come in tool-less cases that use thumbscrews or a simple latch.

Once the computer case is all opened up, look for the RAM on the motherboard. There long and skinny modules, right but the CPU processor. The next step is to unlock them, there will by locks on either side of the modules, push down on them carefully to unlock. Remember never force, you can damage them if forced to hard. Once there unlocked, just pull them right out and do your upgrade, or put the new ones in, which depending on how your upgrade will be set up. Once the new modules are inserted just lock them in place. Remember that the modules go in only one way, look for a groove, line it up properly it should go right in. Juts be careful and do not force them in place.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Nov 2011 (#)

Good computer information.

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