How to Install Computer RAM

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

RAM (Random Access Memory) is a form of computer storage for data. The computer’s performance and speed depend on the size of RAM installed. Adding more RAM on the system is one of the best ways to upgrade the performance on a cost-effective manner.

Materials Needed:
- Memory (RAM)
- screwdriver
- motherboard user’s manual
- Internet connection
Step 1
Determine what RAM will be compatible to the computer’s motherboard. Check if the system has enough slots to hold it. The new RAM that will be installed should match the specifications of the existing RAM.
Step 2
Shut down the computer and unplug it from the power source. Wait for 10 seconds before opening the casing in order for the motherboard’s capacitors to discharge. Disconnect all peripherals attached to the computer. Once the plugs are removed, remove the casing.
Step 3
To prevent computer RAM and other peripherals from static electricity, remember to touch the Power Supply Unit (PSU) to remove your static electricity or use an anti-static wrist strap.
Step 4
Look for the memory slot in the motherboard. Place the memory or RAM copper stripes first (the bottom end of the RAM). Align it to the memory slot and push downwards. Apply equal amount of force when pressing down. Make sure that the RAM snaps in the slot and gently pull it out to ensure its connection to the memory slot.
Step 5
Reconnect the monitor cable, keyboard, mouse, and power cable in your computer and leave the computer cover off.
Step 6
Turn on the computer and go to BIOS menu. Check the RAM by using Basic input /output system 'BIOS' if the installed properly and connected. To access the system’s BIOS (Basic Input / Output System). This can be done by pressing F2, F8, or the Delete key (Depending on the Motherboard Manufacturer) before the Operating System (OS) starts to load. The BIOS function is to detect, test, and initialize system device like RAM, hard drive, floppy drive, and integrated video/sound/network interface card.
Step 7
If you turn on your computer and nothing happened, immediately turn off your computer. Unplug the computer’s power cable and check the RAM if it is firmly connected to the memory slot. The memory slot clips on both sides must be all the way up. Make sure that the RAM placed is in the lowest numbered slot or in the slot closest to you current RAM.
Step 8
Boot up the computer. If the computer boots normally and the amount of RAM is loaded in its exact capacity, place the computer cover and secure it with screws.