First, what is RAM? RAM is called as Random Access Memory. Speeding up your computer's memory remains one of the most popular upgrade to do. It's inexpensive, it's relatively easy, and it can dramatically improve performance of your PC. And today's memory-hungry software can make upgrading your PC's RAM a virtual necessity. For example, Microsoft XP recommends at least 128MB of memory; 256MB is better, however, and 512MB is better still. Now here a step by step procedure on how to add RAM for your system.
- Place your computer's power switch in the off position and disconnect the AC power cord.
- Follow the instructions in your owner's manual that describe how to locate your computer's memory expansion sockets.
- Before touching any electronic components or opening the package containing your new module(s), discharge yourself first by touching an unpainted, grounded metal object to discharge any electrostatic electricity you may have stored on your body or clothing.
- Handle your new module(s) with care; do not flex or bend the module(s). Always grasp the module by its edges.
- The module and the expansion socket are keyed. A small plastic bridge in the socket must align with the curved notch in the module. The bridge ensures the module can only be plugged into the socket one way.
- Insert the module into the socket at a slight angle. Make sure the module is completely seated in the socket. If you're having problems inserting the module into the socket, stop and examine both the module and the socket; make sure the notch in the module is properly aligned with the keyed plastic bridge in the socket. Do not force the module into the socket. If too much force is used, both the socket and module could be damaged.
- Once you are satisfied the module is seated properly in the socket, rotate the module upward until the clips at each end of the expansion socket click into place.
After all modules have been installed, reinstall any other cables that may have been disconnected during the installation process. close the computer, plug in the AC power cord, and turn on the computer to see if the new memory has been installed correctly or if you see a memory check during POST (Power On Self Test) in the BIOS.