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How do I install RAM here? A guide
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Alright, so you've got a kick arse game, a new PCI card and stonker of a harddrive, you're on top of the world, but you've noticed that your PC still runs slow.
Sure, you’ve got all that extra storage capacity and all those different ways to interface with your computer, but you’ve noticed that the old box just doesn’t move like it used to. Maybe it's time to put the old bitch to rest? Cry no more! Today I, Joe Williams, will talk about speeding up your old PC by installing more RAM (Random Access Memory).
Okay, so maybe you're no the most advanced computer user, never fear, I have a crap analogy that explains how RAM works. If your CPU were a cook, then your hard drive is the refrigerator, and your RAM is the kitchen table. When your CPU starts cooking dinner, it lays out food from your hard drive/refrigerator on your RAM/kitchen table for fast and easy access. If your RAM is too small, you might not have enough space for all the food when the CPU starts cooking a big Christmas dinner. That’s when you know you need more RAM.
Opening my computer, are you fucking mental?
Yes, maybe I am, but in this case, I can categorically say that you shouldn't have any problems at all. Computer hardware isn’t the mysterious bad-boy you always thought. It's actually more like the mysterious bad-boy who just wants to be loved. Once you show hardware acceptance, it'll open up and totally love you back. But you should really look into getting a woman if you want that kind of love.
How do I know what type of RAM is suitable for my system?
The easiest way is to use the Crucial System Scanner. That little device will tell you exactly the sort of RAM you need. Crucial will probably offer you to buy the RAM from their site, don't bother, just take note of what type. For example, the type of RAM I need is "184-pin DIMM DDR PC3200" (Crucial scan will tell you yours). Motherboards can be finicky when it comes to RAM compatibility, so be sure to look before you leap. Regardless of specifications, the installation of RAM is simple and basically the same from motherboard to motherboard.
Also, another way to check is to physically open up the system and read the sticker that has been placed on the RAM, although only do that if the scanner yields no results.
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Precautions: Ground yourself
Static electricity can damage your module and other computer parts. You need to ground yourself to avoid "shocking" your computer. If you have wrist straps designed for this purpose, you should wear them. If you don't have wrist straps, here is the easiest way to ground yourself:
> Turn off the computer, monitor, and all accessories (printer, speakers, etc.)
> Leave the computer power cord plugged in. (It's OK to unplug your accessories if you like.)
> Briefly touch an unpainted metal part of your computer case.
> Plant your feet and don't walk around. If you do need to walk around, ground yourself again before touching any of the internal parts of your computer.
What you'll need
> Non-magnetic screwdriver (for opening your case)
> Your computer manual (optional)
> Common sense (Recommended)
Step 1: Open your case
> If you haven't already done so, turn off the computer, monitor, and all accessories (printer, speakers, etc.)
> Remove any screws holding your cover in place.
> Remove the desktop cover.
Every computer case is a little different, so consult your manual if you have any questions about how to open your case.
Tip: Make sure you put the screws from your computer case in a safe place so that it's easy to put your system back together again!
Step 2: Find the DIMM slots
This is easy enough. Just locate the RAM sockets on your motherboard and find an empty one. If you’ve never installed RAM in your computer, you should have at least one or two empty slots*. When you’re choosing the socket in which to install your RAM, again you should consult your manual. For example, your motherboard may require you to fill the sockets in a particular order. In my installation, my motherboard supports dual-channel mode, but the sticks of RAM need to be installed in the correct sockets for this to work. Although this is quite a rare occurance (well, on PCs I've worked on)
Next, the RAM retaining clips need to be opened (white buttons next to RAM slots) up in order for RAM to be installed. All you need to do is press the retaining clips outward, opening the socket for installation.
[I have shown the PCI slots incase you get confused as to what the RAM slots look like]
*If you do not have any empty slots, you will need to remove existing RAM. Just push down on the retaining clips, and the RAM should pop out.
Step 3: Install your RAM
Now pick up your stick of RAM by the outeredges, it's best not to get your fingerprints all over the 'working parts' of the RAM itself. The RAM should be slotted so that it can fit in the socket only one way, so just line up the slotted RAM with your motherboard’s RAM socket. (Look at how existing RAM is placed)
Firmly press the RAM until it is seated securely in the socket. If your socket has retaining clips, press down until the clips snap back into place. I.e, don't force the clips down, they will "snap" back into pace if the RAM has been fitted properly.
After this, your RAM should be properly seated and installed.
Step 4: Finishing up
Basic stuff here, place the panel back onto your computer and restart. You are now back into the land of the known, where you are king. To check to see if the RAM has been installed correctly, Right click "My Computer > Properties" it will show you how much RAM you have.
Easy as that. Brilliant.