How To Add Computer Memory
Need to know how to add computer memory?Adding memory to a computer is a fast way to increase it's performance. Computer memory is mainly used for storing programs that are currently running on the computer. People often confuse computer memory and hard drive memory. Hard drive memory is different, because it is the memory that is used for long-term storage, for example saving music or documents to. Adding more memory can allow the computer to better run multiple programs and speed up it's overall performance. Follow these steps to add memory to your computer.
What you will need:
- Information about the maximum memory that is supported by your computer, as well as the type
- New memory module
- You need to find out about what type of memory your computer uses and how much is already installed. Find out how much is installed by right clicking My computer and selecting properties. Write down how much memory is listed as installed.
- Now you need to find out about what kind of memory you need. This information will be available in your computer user manual or on the manufacturer's website. On the website you can search for your computer model to find information about it. Find out the maximum memory supported by your computer and the type it uses. If the maximum supported memory is greater than what is installed, then you can add more.
- Turn off the computer. Open the computer case and find out if there are extra memory slots available. You may need the screwdriver to remove any screw holding the cover on. If there aren't you can just replace one of the memory modules that is already installed with a larger capacity module. You can find what the memory modules look like on the internet easily.
- Order the correct type and capacity module that you need.
- To install the new memory, lay the computer on it's side so you can see the memory slots with the side of the computer case removed. You will need to power off the computer and remove the power cable from the computer to prevent damage.
- To remove old memory if you need to, press down on the tabs on the far ends of the memory and pull up on the memory modules.
- To insert the new memory, press down on the tabs on the far ends of the memory slots.
- Make sure to correctly orient the memory module. there should be an open section on the bottom of the memory module that matches up with a raised section on the computer motherboard.
- Gently push down on the memory module until it clicks in.
- Replace the computer cover and power cable
- Power on the computer and test that everything works.