This is a quick step by step guide for anybody needing help to install memory, please read the disclaimer before using.
As with any PC hardware, always ensure you take anti static precautions, this is generally taken by wearing an ESD armband, however failing this then always ensure you have a some part of your body in constant contact with the metal case of your PC (this will then reduce the static effect you may have).
PLEASE NOTE: this information is not an industry accepted method; these are my own personal fixes that i have determined through many years of handling IT equipment. With the exception of any readers who have bought from my ebay shop Priceattackstorerun by the247enigma, bear in mind these hints may invalidate any warranties you may hold, but if they should I would recommend attaining a refund from your seller and shop elsewhere!
First off, ensure your PC is unplugged from the mains supply and then allow 1 minute for any residual electricity to disseminate from the boards inside, if you are installing laptop memory then also remove the battery pack.
Remove the cover from your PC/laptop to gain access to the memory.
IMPORTANT! Remember your anti static precautions from this point onwards until the final step
Note: Motherboard setups vary, follow the memory bank numbers in order as they are stated on the motherboard, all motherboards will state the memory order on the board somewhere near the memory slots.
Proceed to unclip the memory already installed (if any and if required)by pushing the clips away from the memory chip (very steadily, if you push too hard it is not unknown for the memory clip to break, this is especially true in the case of laptops).
Once removed you will need to install the memory in the correct order, try to keep the FSB speed the same (this will either be stated in mhz or as a number such as 2700, PC2-4200) if this is not possible place the slowest speed in the first slot.
Unless you have varied speeds of memory, the most widely held order for installing memory is to place the largest piece first and then the smallest (IE slot 0 could be 1gb, slot 1 512mb etc)
Double check your memory modules are all pushed in tight, they should all be level with one another.
And that’s it, replace the PC/laptop cover and reinsert the mains and power up!
For each of these steps make sure you keep vigilant on your ESD precautions and allow the PC time to disseminate any residual electricity after unplugging the mains supply.
Question: ‘I have installed the memory but now I have no graphics output and there’s no memory beep either’
Answer: Remove your memory, and if possible start again with one of your original pieces, once your display is restored continue inserting the memory one piece at a time (make sure you keep unplugging the mains, in other words repeat your steps for each piece) until either all the memory is installed or until you have found the trouble maker, then contact your seller.
Question: ‘I have installed my memory but it’s not showing the full amount in bios or windows?’
Answer: This is likely due to a defective piece of memory, all that can be done is to find the culprit and contact your seller.
Question: ‘No matter which way I turn the stick of memory it won’t fit’
Answer: You have the wrong type for your PC. This sounds more obvious than it actually is as DDR and DDR2 are both very similar in appearance, if you are not sure what memory you need search for the specification of your board on Google.
If you are still having problems with your PC it may be worth checking my guide on installing motherboards, I have covered a wider range of PC problems on there.
Well I think that’s all the troubleshooting, If the problem cannot be resolved above I would send it back to your seller, or if this is not possible have it repaired professionally or you may send it to ourselves for safe and proper disposal.
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