How to Get More RAM on Computer

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

The Random Access Memory or RAM of your computer determines the amount of processes it can handle at the same time. You must already have an experience when your computer responds slowly due to the numerous programs running on the background. This just indicates that the computer cannot handle these applications simultaneously. A simple remedy to this problem is to add more RAM. Addition of memory modules depends upon the type of the motherboard’s memory slots and availability of slots. Additional RAM is usually necessary when you want to meet the requirements of certain high quality video games, editing software, or sophisticated Web applications.

Materials Needed:
- memory modules that you need to add
- computer with available memory slots
- screwdriver
Step 1
Make sure that the computer is turned off. Leave the computer plugged for grounding purposes. Touch the case to remove the static charge.
Step 2
Carefully remove the cover of the CPU case using a screwdriver. Position the CPU so that you may easily attach the memory module to be added. Locate the memory modules. You can identify these as the green chip with black components on the motherboard.
Step 3
Check the type of RAM compatible to the memory slots of the computer’s motherboard. There are several types of RAM which you may determine by looking at the appearance of the slot. The RDRAM is the module with a metal casing on its side. It usually comes in pairs. Thus, it should be attached two at a time. The DDR SDRAM is the typical RAM which you can distinguish by its single notch. On the other hand, you can identify an SDRAM by its two notches.
Step 4
Locate the memory slot that you would want to add. You can also remove the older RAM module to be replaced by a memory module with higher memory capacity.
Step 5
Place the new RAM module parallel to the notches of the memory slot. Line it up and apply enough pressure to completely attach the memory module. Close the latch found on both ends of the memory module. There are some memory slots which snap and lock the RAM module in place once correctly attached.
Step 6
Reconnect all the removed cables back into place but leave the CPU open in case additional procedures are to be done.
Step 7
Turn the computer on. The computer would diagnose beep if the memory modules are not placed correctly. You may determine that you have successfully added RAM when the amount of RAM on the memory test is complete. You can also check the total RAM on the system properties.