How to Install RAM

Level of difficulty: Difficult

Installing more Random Access Memory (RAM) in a computer is advisable when working with files with large sizes or running a lot of programs at the same time. This will improve the system’s performance, and also prevent slowdowns and crashes.

Materials Needed:
- Random Access Memory (RAM)
- Anti-static Wrist Bands
- and Surge Protectors
Step 1
First, it is necessary to determine the type of RAM needed. Also, check the computer if it has enough slots in the CPU to hold the RAM. The new RAM must be compatible with the existing RAM specifications and configurations.
Step 2
Turn the computer off but leave it plugged to the surge suppressors. Make sure that all peripheral devices, such as the printer, scanner, and monitor are disconnected.
Step 3
Remove the computer’s cover. Using the anti-static wrist bands or any other professional grounding apparatus, make yourself ground to the computer.
Step 4
All internal components or cards should be removed in order to give an unobstructed view and access to the RAM sockets. After, get the Single In-line Memory Module (SIMM) and the Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) by the ends. Make sure not to touch the pins and clips. If you are adding a SIMM, locate the notched end. Turn the SIMM to a position parallel or at a similar position to the RAM card or cards existing in the computer. The SIMM should be inserted at a 30-degree angle into the socket. As for the DIMM, just insert it straight until it fits. This should be positioned at a 90 degree angle to the motherboard.
Step 5
Apply small pressure to keep the SIMM from backing out. This should be done while turning the module in an upright position. The SIMM should be placed vertical to the motherboard. Make sure that the holes on the sides of the SIMM fit snugly into its holders. The user should hear the retained clips fasten the SIMM into the socket. Ensure that the side clips placed on a DIMM are closed.
Step 6
Pull the module out gently to check if it is in position. After ensuring this, return the removed internal components in the computer. Leave the computer cover off but reconnect the other peripheral devices such as the monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Step 7
Turn the computer on. After, check the RAM. This may be done by right-clicking the icon with the name 'My Computer' in Windows and look for Properties. If you are using a Mac, look for the 'About this Macintosh' command in the Menu.
Step 8
In the event that the amount of RAM does not seem correct, turn the computer off and try taking out and putting back the SIMM or DIMM. If this still does not work, then it is best to call for a technician to solve the problem.
Step 9
After checking the amount of RAM, turn the computer off and disconnect all the external devices again. Replace the computer cover before returning all external devices back to their positions.