How to Install Memory

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

A computer’s performance slows down when you are running multiple applications at once or when you are working with big files that take up the computer’s memory. For most users, it is annoying to use a computer that is running so slow. However, the computer’s performance can be improved by adding memory to your computer. The memory of the computer relies on the RAM (Random Access Memory) chip. With additional memory, the computer can run multiple programs without slowing down the system.

Materials Needed:
- RAM
- screwdriver
- digital camera (optional)
Step 1
Determine the memory that you want to be installed and also the kind of RAM needed.
Step 2
Shut down the computer and disconnect the monitor from the CPU (Central Processing Unit). Place the CPU on a stable surface. Use the screwdriver to remove the cover of the CPU.
Step 3
When the components of the computer are exposed, locate the slots for the RAM. The existing RAM is held in place by two clips. Make sure that there are no cables obstructing you from accessing the RAM slot. If there are cables and wires blocking the RAM slots, use the camera to take a picture of the connections before detaching the cables.
Step 4
Remove the existing RAM by gently pushing down the clips that hold it in place. The RAM should appear. Carefully pull out the RAM by handling it on the edges.
Step 5
Get the new RAM by picking it up from the edge so as not to damage it. Place the RAM on the slot. Make sure that you are placing the RAM correctly by lining up the length of the edge of the RAM to the slot. Gently push the RAM on the slot until the clips secure it in place.
Step 6
After the RAM is secure, you can now replace all the cables and wires that you previously disconnected. Check the picture that you took to make sure that you are connecting the cables to the correct slots.
Step 7
Replace the cover of the CPU and reconnect the monitor to the CPU. Turn on the computer.
Step 8
Check to see if the computer recognizes the memory that you installed. Select 'Start' and choose 'Control Panel' from the menu. A new window will appear on the desktop. Click on the 'System' icon. Click the 'General' tab. On this panel, the RAM of your computer is displayed. Check if the memory you installed matches the information displayed.


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