How to Install Desktop Memory for Dell Computers
Knowing how to install desktop memory for your Dell computer can make upgrading your system easier and more affordable. Memory chips are available at most electronic stores that sell computer accessories, but the memory chips purchased from Dell will be covered under your computer warranty. While the process to install desktop memory is the same for most Dell computers, it can vary slightly. Always check your computer documentation before making any hardware changes or upgrades.
A couple of tools you might need, depending on your model of Dell computer, are:
- Straight-slot screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Disconnect your Dell computer from the power. All electrical current should be unhooked completely, not simply turned off. Your hands will be inside the computer, so for the protection of your computer and yourself, never install memory unless the computer is full unplugged.
- Remove the side panel from your computer. Unscrew or unlatch one side only. The panel that seems easier to remove is the correct one. The other will be more challenging to practically impossible to detach.
- Lay the side panel near you. Before continuing, touch the metal of the panel. Do this periodically as you install the desktop memory. It will discharge any accumulated static electricity, which can damage the motherboard.
Press down the clips at the end of the memory card slot. They will click down to open. This allows ample room for inserting the memory chip into.
Be careful to not touch any other part of the motherboard to avoid unintentional damage.
- Hold the memory chip by the edges only, align the bottom edges and slip into the memory slot. Push firmly on the top to seat the chip.
- Push the clips back up to lock in the memory. Once they click, you know it is fully installed in your motherboard.
- Replace the side panel on your computer, including any screws, and reconnect the power and any other cords you might have disconnected. When you turn on your Dell computer, it will automatically recognize the installed memory.
You should only work on your computer on a flat and even surface. Make sure the area is well-lit and free of any unnecessary debris.