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How To Install More Memory In My Computer

How To Install More Memory In My Computer

This VideoJug film is designed to show you how to increase the amount of memory (RAM) in your computer. So follow this simple guide and install more memory in your computer.

Step 1: You will need

  • An anti-static wrist strap
  • An electrical screwdriver
  • Memory Modules

Step 2: Static electricity

Static electricity can seriously damage the components inside a computer. To avoid this you must ensure you are grounded when operating inside your computer. One way to do this is to purchase an anti-static wrist strap which you should wear at all times. The wrist-strap plugs into an electrical socket which will automatically discharge the static electricity in your body.

Step 3: Memory

The memory is also known as the RAM. RAM stands for Random Access Memory, and comes as modules in predefined amounts. The memory chips store information, temporarily, for short term use by the CPU. RAM is used to store information for files that are actually being used by the CPU at any given time.

The computer's RAM memory is an entirely different thing from the hard disk "memory". The hard disk stores information "permanently" for long term use.

Each module that is installed on your computer needs to have the same amount of memory as the others.

Step 4: Getting into the tower

To get into the tower you will have to remove the panel which is on the right hand side when viewing the tower from the back. Open this side of computer case by removing the screws at the back of the tower which are holding it in place. Then simply slide the panel off.

Step 5: Where memory is located

Memory is found directly on the motherboard and usually in one, two or four slots. The slots are identifiable by the clips at each end which are used for fastening the modules.

Step 6: Install the memory

Push the memory in to the slots. They will only fit one way, and clips should lock on to the memory module when correctly attached.

Step 7: Getting going

Once you have refitted the side panel all you have to do is switch on your computer and it should automatically detect the new memory.