upgrading your ram

Safely Upgrading Your Computer’s Memory

It is safely upgrading your ram or computer’s memory. A computer, when it is first purchased, tends to run well. It comes with software capable of running, and though there may be some bloat from the manufacturer, it should run well. Problems eventually start to arise when more software is installed or when the operating system is upgraded. Eventually, the computer won’t manage all that is asked of it and starts to run slowly. It is essential to decide whether increasing the amount of RAM in your computer will help it run better.

Upgrading your RAM is a simple process-almost a case of popping a new RAM chip into an empty slot. However, there is a lot of legwork needed to determine how much RAM you can install and what kind of RAM you need to buy to upgrade your computer.

You can find out how much RAM you have already by viewing your system information. That can be found by right-clicking on ‘My Computer’ in the ‘Start’ or ‘Windows’ menu and selecting Properties. If you already have the right amount of memory (2GB is generally sufficient for primary use, but more may be needed for heavy use or gaming), then you might want to look at other potential causes for your slow down. Now would be an excellent time to run an anti-virus scan.

If you seem to need an upgrade, then it’s time to see what your computer can take. There are software programs from both Crucial Technology and Kingston Technology that will scan your computer and tell you not only what you already have installed but exactly what your computer will take. They will tell you the type of RAM you need to buy, whether you need to remove and upgrade the chips, or whether there are free slots that you can put more RAM. They may even enable you to buy the RAM chips right there from the software, but you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere.

Once you have your new RAM, it’s time to open your computer. It should always be turned off but left plugged in to ground it. Some computers must be unplugged, too; follow directions in your owner manual or on the case. Before touching the RAM, you should first touch the bare metal of the case to discharge any static. Once you have your computer open, you need to locate the RAM chips. There will be clips that hold the sticks in place, most commonly on each side, but sometimes only. The clip needs to be released, generally by popping out, or pushing down, which will free the sticks.

The new RAM needs to be put in place in the same direction as the old and firmly pressed until the clips engage. In some cases, you will need to finish closing the clips physically yourself in others. They will latch well themselves. It is always worth checking to be sure as poorly seated RAM may overheat and burn out when power is restored.

Upgrading your RAM is a quick and easy process once you’ve bought the right type of RAM for your motherboard. But the few minutes that it takes to do can improve your computer’s running a massive amount by giving more space in which your programs can run.

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