How to Install a new RAM on Computer?

Slowing down of PC performance is the major complain received from many user. RAM is responsible for the sluggish behavior of the computer. Upgrade of RAM is needed to boost up the Computer. Before going for an upgrade, make sure your motherboard has an extra slot for an additional RAM and choose a specified RAM for upgrading your PC. After getting the appropriate RAM, the next step is to properly install it, which is done manually. Follow the tutorial to install RAM properly.

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Follow the steps below to install the RAM modules properly into the PC.

  • Turn off and unplug your PC and then open its case. Position the PC in such a manner, where you can comfortably reach into the case’s interior. If you have a tower, you may find installing the RAM modules easier if you lay the case on its side. If you’re upgrading the RAM on a notebook, look for an access panel on the bottom of the machine secured by one or two screws, and carefully remove that panel.
  • Protect your PC’s delicate circuits from static electricity, ensure that you do not have static built up on your body. You can do this by properly grounding yourself. If you don’t have a grounding strap, at least touch a metal faucet, pipe, or even your computer’s case before touching the internal part of your PC or any component.
  • Identify the proper RAM sockets to fill from your PC’s documentation. Remove any obstructions, such as power cables or plastic panels used to channel airflow over the motherboard.
  • If you need to remove an existing module, gently push down on the clips on either side of the RAM socket. The module will pop up slightly and can be easily pulled out.
  • Take the new RAM modules out of their static-free envelope and place them on top of the envelope. Always hold a RAM module by pinching the edges of the module; avoid touching the chips or circuitry on the face.
  • Gently push the module into the socket until the latches close. To install a module, open the latches at each end of the RAM socket by gently pushing them down. Line up the notch at the bottom of the memory stick with the corresponding bump in the memory socket. Touching the top edge of the module, gently push the piece down into the socket; the latches at either end should rise and lock. Gently press each latch toward the edge of the RAM module to confirm that it is completely closed. Notebook users should face towards the bottom of the memory socket, line up the notch in the memory module with the key in its socket. Carefully push the top of the module downward until the clips pop into place to secure it.
  • Reassemble your PC, power it up, and watch the screen during boot-up to confirm that the system recognizes the new RAM. If it doesn’t, try restarting the PC, entering the CMOS or the BIOS setup program, and checking whether the machine recognizes the new memory. This can be done by pressing the key indicated over the on-screen prompt, often F1 or Del.

If the new memory isn’t recognized, exit the setup program, turn of the system and unplug it, open the case, and reset the RAM modules. The above-mentioned procedure will help you install a new RAM on your Computer and boost up the speed. Consider opening the case only when you have a sound knowledge about the internal hardware, or else contact a computer expert personnel.


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