Before You Buy, Know How to Install Memory (RAM) into Your Computer

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Before You Buy, Know How to Install Memory (RAM) into Your Computer

As technology progresses, electronic devices are designed to operate faster and better, so people expect a lot out of their new computers. The expectation is that the computer turns on instantly and all of the programmes run and operate smoothly, no matter how many things are opened at one time. Depending on the computer, it may just be able to handle everything that is thrown at it in the very beginning, but it does not take a long time for it to become bogged down with all of the new applications, software, and viruses that end up on it. All of these things cause the computer to begin taking longer to process commands, and it could take several minutes just for the machine to boot up.

However, it is normal for a computer to slow down with age. This is because people install many new programmes, games, and applications in addition to downloading pictures and other digital downloads such as videos and music. After a while, the computer just has too much to process, and it becomes slower.

Luckily, there is a way to speed a computer back up again, and it is fairly inexpensive. It is done by installing extra random access memory (RAM). Giving the computer more space to work with can speed it up significantly. In addition to this, the process of installing extra RAM on a laptop or a desktop is not difficult with the help of some simple step-by-step instructions.

Which RAM to Purchase for Your Computer

Increasing the amount of memory a computer has is one of the best ways to speed it up. The biggest role of RAM is to allow a computer to run several different programs at once without too many pauses.

When it comes to purchasing RAM, there are several kinds as well as different sizes to choose from. For those who do not know what they are looking for, figuring which one is best for their computer can be confusing and frustrating.

The first step is to determine how much RAM can be installed on the computer. For example, some laptops are limited and may only allow one additional gigabyte to be added. Look at the manufacturer's website or pull out the instruction manual to find this out.

The second step is deciding how much extra memory to get. For those who only use their computer for basic things such as work, e-mailing, listening to music, and downloading pictures, only 512 megabytes (MB) or 1 gigabytes (GB) is really needed. However, those who like to watch movies and play games on their computers may find that they probably need another 2 GB to 4 GB to speed up their machine. The most memory that can be bought for a computer is 16 GB by getting two 8 GB modules.

Next, determine what kind of RAM to get.

Type of RAM

Description

Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM)

SDRAM is a mid-grade technology that is faster than DRAM. It was known for being able to synchronise data between the memory and CPU

Double Data Rate (DDR)

This is the new version of SDRAM that is more advanced with speeds of over 200 MHz

Extended Data-Out RAM (EDO RAM)

EDO RAM is very common and has also replaced the SDRAM technology with faster features. It reduces the refresh rates and helps the CPU perform better

Lastly, the RAM card has to be compatible with the computer brand and model. After choosing how much RAM to get, go online and look up some companies that make the memory cards such as Crucial, Kingston, Corsair, and Mushkin. Their websites allow people to shop for cards based on their computer model.

How to Install Extra Ram on Your Laptop

After you have bought the correct RAM module, it is time to install it. Keep in mind that all laptops are set up differently and the following instructions are general. Luckily, most laptops are pretty similar in their constructional layout.

Before doing anything, make sure that the laptop is powered off as well as unplugged. For extra protection, remove the battery as well and unplug any other cables that are attached to the machine. Some people also recommend using anti static wrap around the wrist to prevent shocking the memory cards and laptop.

Next, find the memory compartment door. These are located in different places depending on the make and model of the computer. Usually, there is a small door located on the bottom of the laptop. The door has to be removed with a small Phillips-head screwdriver. This is the tool with the X-shaped head. If unsure, look at the owner's manual to figure out where the compartment is.

After removing the door, there should be one or two slots inside. If there is a card in both slots, remove one or both and replace the old cards with the new, upgraded ones. To remove the cards, or modules, press down on the ejector clip that holds them in place. If a slot is empty, just put the new card in by pushing it into place. It should lock down under one of the clips. This process may be slightly different depending on the laptop. Usually extra instructions can be found online that are specific to the laptop model.

After all of the cards are in place, screw the door back into place. The computer should turn on and recognise the new memory right away. In fact, the boot-up process is likely to be much faster.

How to Install Extra Ram on Your Desktop

Begin installing the new RAM modules into the desktop by first turning it off and unplugging the tower from everything including the power source, monitor, printer, and anything else it is attached to. Be sure to do this because it is dangerous to open up a desktop while it is still connected to any power sources. In addition to this, people should ground themselves before touching any of the metal parts in the tower. Do this by touching something else metal to discharge any electrostatic buildup. Shocking the computer can damage it.

Like laptops, desktop towers are all designed differently so the instructions vary a little. Typically, they have a panel on the side or the top that is removed with a screwdriver.

After the access panel has been removed, locate the two memory slots. These are usually located on the motherboard. Keep in mind that there may be more than two slots on the motherboard; not all computers are the same. If all of the slots are filled, choose the smallest module and replace it with the new one.

This can be done by releasing the tabs which hold the modules in place. The new cards can be installed by pushing them into place until they click under the tabs.

Last, replace the access panel on the desktop tower and plug everything back it. The computer will boot up right away and recognise the new memory without any further work.

How to Buy Computer RAM Modules on eBay

There are a lot of brands and sizes of RAM expansion kits to get. After deciding how much memory you want to add, you need to choose the brand you like, and then figure out which model works with your computer. The best way to do this is to first visit each brand website to find the specific model number for your computer. Then, find out what kind of reviews each product is getting. Once you have selected the brand and model, go to the eBay website to find the best deal. On eBay, there are thousands of sellers competing for your business, whereas at a local electronic shop, you only have one price to pick from.

To compare the prices, type in the model number of the RAM module into the search bar. Or, you can be more general and enter something like " computer RAM". If you choose to do the general search, you can select the brand that you prefer afterwards and you can enter in your price range to narrow down the listings and save time.

Check each listing you are interested in to see if it comes with a guarantee and if the seller accepts returns in case the RAM is not compatible with your computer or is defective.

Conclusion

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to do something on a computer that is taking forever to turn on or load a programme. Today, many people expect results instantly when they click on something, but if the computer is bogged down, this is not possible. In addition to this, people also like to multitask, meaning that they have several things running at once. For example, they may be listening to music, checking their e-mail, and chatting over instant messenger at the same time. The more things that are running, the more memory is being used. Larger programmes in particular, such as games and antivirus software, take up a lot of RAM.

To combat this problem, owners have the option of purchasing and installing more RAM for their computer. With the right installation and purchase instructions, it is easy to do this and people can have their computers up and running faster in no time.

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