How to Install Ram Memory

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

For majority of computer systems (both old and new), installing additional memory modules is a cost-effective technique in boosting the computer power of the machine especially when dealing with memory intensive applications or frequently surfing the Internet. Even newer Operating Systems and programs are hungry for more Random Access Memory (RAM) due to the data swapping operations done to minimize the access to the hard drive which is relatively slower in processing data compared to writing and retrieving it from system memory. RAMs are normally sold as chips placed on small circuit boards referred to as memory modules. RAMs are composed predominantly of dual in-line chipsets with 168-pins for the DIMM variants. The type of RAM module and the maximum amount supported by the computer system would depend primarily on the type of motherboard installed and the Operating System executed in the computer system.

Materials Needed:
- Computer
- Philips-head screwdriver
- anti-static wrist band
- RAM module
Step 1
The first step to installing RAM modules is to determine the type used by the machine, the amount currently installed, and the maximum memory that can be hosted by the computer.
Step 2
Unplug the computer from the wall socket and proceed by loosening and removing the screws that lock the computer case cover in place. Removing the cover will give you access to the computer motherboard.
Step 3
Once the motherboard is exposed, make sure that you are wearing an anti-static wrist band to prevent unnecessary grounding of the internal components. Continue by locating the exact position of the RAM slots on the motherboard.
Step 4
Check if there are vacant memory slots that can host the additional RAM. Otherwise, remove existing memory modules and replace them with the newer ones. Generally, the lower capacity RAM are taken out and replaced with higher capacity modules.
Step 5
To install the new RAM module, take it out of the anti-static bag making sure to hold it by the edges only. This will prevent unnecessary accidental damage to the chipsets.
Step 6
In installing the memory module, always occupy the lowest numbered memory slot first. Take note of the direction which the RAM is inserted to. A wrong orientation can cause damage not only to the RAM module but also to the motherboard memory slot.
Step 7
Correctly align the notch of the RAM module with the keys in the motherboard slot. Gently push it into place until the retainer clips click and lock in all the way up. Remember to push straight down with your thumbs to allow the RAM module to set correctly into the slot.
Step 8
When the retainer clips snap into place by making a clicking sound, visually inspect to make sure that the retainer clips on both ends are firmly in place. Do the same with the other memory modules that have been previously installed.
Step 9
Plug the computer system into the wall socket and power it up. Verify if the correct amount of memory is being read during the POST (Power On Self Test) process. If correct, turn off the computer.
Step 10
Unplug the computer from the wall socket and place the computer case cover while firmly tightening the corresponding screws to seal the internal components of the machine.
Step 11
Plug the computer back to the wall socket and power it up. It should work normally with a little added boost.