When you purchase a computer, it will come with an adequate amount of RAM or Random Access Memory to run the operating system and all software that is installed.
However, as you install more software, your PC will begin to slowdown. The amount of RAM you need depends on your operating system on all applications you may be running
on your computer at any one time.
Installing memory is one of the easiest tasks. Take the time to first be sure you have the right RAM for your computer. If you're in doubt take it back to the place of purchase and be sure you have the right RAM.
After being certain you have the right RAM, you're ready to open the system unit and begin. But first, you need to remove static electricity.
Remove static electricity before you remove the new memory from its protective wrap. Its best to purchase a Wrist Strap if you plan on working in your PC often. But if not, you can simply touch a door knob or your computer's metal case to remove the static electricity. To install your new Ram, perform the following.
Check to see if you have ample light. You may want to have a container to place small screws in. The system unit cover may have small screws and you don't want to lose them.
After you have plenty of work space and ample lighting, prepare your mind as well. Make this and every other adventure of working on your computer educational and fun.
Take the time to study the actual components inside your computer. You'll be glad you did should something go wrong.
Follow these steps to install your drive.
First: Turn off your computer and unplug all peripherals. Take notice of how you unplug or disconnect any devices. Locate the RAM on the motherboard.
Second: Remove the side panel of the tower system or the cover if you have a desktop. Place the panel in a safe place well out of the way.
Third: Before touching anything inside the system unit, remove electrical static charge from your body by touching a door knob or any unpainted metal surface.
Fourth: Remove the new memory from its protective wrapping and locate the sockets or memory banks to install the new memory chips.
Fifth: Notice the type of retaining clips that hold the chips in place. Remove any old chips you intend to move.
Now to be sure you won't damage the chips, ground yourself again to remove any remaining static electricity.
Sixth: Pull the retaining clip open and carefully slide the RAM Chips in their memory banks. Push the clips back over the new memory chips.
Seventh: Check and double check the firmness of the chips by gently trying to move the from side to side. Take a good long look at the chips for anything that looks unusual.
Eighth: Replace the system unit cover and reconnect all peripherals. Reboot the computer and the operating system should recognize your new or added memory without any problem.
Its that easy when it comes to installing new or more memory. Read your computer's manual first to find out what type of ram memory you have and what is needed for upgrades.
And go ahead and enjoy the faster speed you should experience once your new memory is installed. Don't forget to run scandisk, defragment, and disk clean-up to clean your hard drive of extra space.