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How to Install RAM

Updated on January 4, 2011

Installing a new memory module or (RAM) which stands for random access memory is a very easy thing to do. The first step in installing the RAM is deciding what is the exact type of memory that is needed for the computer? Ideally the new RAM that you are installing into the machine should match any existing RAM that you already have in your Computer. Once you have the RAM that matches the other modules in your computer you want to unplug you computer from any electrical outlets. We want to keep the shocking to a minimum here (kiddingJ). Upon removing the Power from the machine disconnects any additional peripherals that are attached to the back like keyboard, mouse, monitor ect... This is then followed by removing the side cover from the chassis and it is a good idea to ground any electrical charge from your body by rubbing your hands along the metal chassis if you do not have professional grounding equipment.

There are a couple of different names for computer RAM chips they are also know as Single inline memory or DIMM which stand for Dual Inline Memory. Each chip should be handled by the ends of it without moving the pins or chips. When adding SIMM, you want to look for the notched end and turn the SIMM so it is parallel to the other RAM card that is currently installed. The SIMM should install into the socket at a 30 degree angle. The DIMM should also be installed in at the same right angle to the motherboard. The memory cards will require a little bit of force when installing them but not too much.

When you are applying the force downwards to the memory module you should hear the retaining clips on either side of the memory module click into place. Make sure they are locked in there tightly and easily to save time and prevent arcing which can cause the memory card to no longer function. Gently try to move the memory module out of place and you will notice it ill not move if it comes out repeat the above steps. The go ahead and hook everything back up to the back of the machine leavening the cover off in case the memory needs to be reseated. Start the computer and make sure it sees the new memory module. You can verify the amount of RAM by right click my computer and choosing properties.

If the machine is happy with the new RAM then just close up the case after turning off the machine again and restart it. If there is an error or does not start refitting the Memory module back in may solve the problem. The computer will accept whether SIMMS or DIMMS depending on the age of the machine. If it is a lot older machine check with the manufacture because they may not manufacture ram for it anymore. That is pretty much it to install and uninstall the memory in your machine. It is well worth the upgrade if you plan on keeping your machine for a longer period of time.



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    Michael 8 years ago

    I just wanted to mention that you didnt add any Info reguarding changing ram in a labtop computer. I know all about Desktops but this lab top is totally different. And Unlike my childhood I have no one to ask. U should add some info on that.