How to Make More Memory for Your PC

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Adding more RAM is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to boost your PC’s speed. You may already have the optimal system memory for your hardware/software combo, but not all systems can be upgraded. It would be best to start by checking the installed RAM amount and the maximum memory your system can use. The appropriate amount of memory to use can change depending on the OS. Users of Windows XP should aim for 3 GB of RAM, while those operating Windows Vista on a 32-bit machine will need 4-8 GB of RAM for best performance. Windows 7 requires 3 GB for the 32-bit edition and 4 GB for the 64-bit edition. (With the same amount of RAM installed, Windows 7 will be noticeably speedier than Vista.) You may check the amount of RAM that is currently loaded on your computer in a few different ways:

The ‘My Computer’ properties can be accessed by right-clicking the icon and selecting the option.

The memory amount measured in MB or GB can be seen under the ‘General’ menu. Keep in mind that 1 GB equals 1000 MB.

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information for another option to view system RAM. Then, in the right-hand panel, you’ll see the heading “Total Physical Memory.”

Using the “memory advisor” function on the necessary website is one of the simplest ways to ascertain the maximum amount of memory a system can use. Simply enter your PC’s manufacturer and model number to begin using the program. The maximum amount of memory that can be installed in your PC and the types and sizes of memory boards and configurations compatible with your PC will be displayed when you enter your PC’s manufacturer and model number.

 

The computer manufacturer’s website is a good resource for discovering your PC’s specifications, including its maximum memory capacity. For information on your system’s maximum memory capacity, memory type, speed, etc., see the motherboard’s documentation if you built your computer from scratch. If you don’t know the model number of your motherboard, you’ll need to open your computer case and look for it. It may be challenging to locate the model number, which is generally displayed on the front of the motherboard. If you have the model number, you may check for the motherboard’s memory requirements on the manufacturer’s webpage.

 

It’s crucial to check your system’s specifications before purchasing RAM. You should ensure the memory you buy is compatible with your system, as many different kinds of memory are on the market. Memory upgrades necessitating DDR or DDR2 will require the purchase of two identical memory boards. You’ll probably need three similar boards for DDR3. (However, the motherboard may cause these particulars to change.)

 

The speeds of each memory type are likewise highly variable. If you intend to replace all the memory, you can use quicker memory for your particular memory type if it is on the market. You should look for memory with the same speed as the memory you’re upgrading or replacing.

 

Memory Upgrades Being Installed

 

Remember to take your time installing memory, and avoid damaging your system by cramming a memory stick into a slot that isn’t designed to accept it. The memory can only be installed one way due to directional slots; thus, carefully align them properly. The memory board may need to be turned around in the socket if it does not fit properly. Memory is incompatible with a computer if its slots do not match the notches on the motherboard’s memory socket.

 

Taking Out The Used RAM Boards

 

Ensure that your machine has been completely turned off.

Pull the plug from the rear of the computer and turn off the power.

Disconnect the computer from external power sources, such as the phone line or a network cable.

Take off the laptop’s case or access panel. Depending on the system, you may need to remove screws from the back of the computer or press a release button (often located on the underside of the case) to gain access.

The old RAM must be located on the motherboard. You may determine which type of RAM you have purchased by comparing your new RAM with the memory boards already mounted on the motherboard, usually near the CPU.

Remember to unlock the latches while keeping the old memory in place before you try to remove it. These are located on both ends of every memory board.

Pull the memory board perpendicularly, away from the motherboard, until it slides out, making sure to grab it firmly in the center. Ensure the latches are fully open if the memory doesn’t slide out easily.

Memory Board Replacement and Upgrade

 

Memory must be installed in the appropriate slots based on the memory type.

Slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4 are typically used for DDR and DDR2 memory modules. (These vacancies usually appear in a distinct hue; blue or yellow are common.)

Slots 1-4 or 2-6 will be used to install the DDR3 memory modules.

Make sure the larger memory modules are fitted in the first slot closest to the CPU if you intend to add your new memory to the existing memory without removing the old one. (For DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 systems, place the first memory stick of the most extensive set of memory boards closest to the CPU, then install the matching ones accordingly.

When installing memory boards, align the slots so the breaks line up.

Simply snap each board into place by pressing it down. (The memory board’s latches on both ends must be securely fastened.)

Put the Cover Back on Your Computer

Put back in place the panel or cover that you took off previously.

Put back any screws you may have lost or taken out.

Reconnect any cables that you unplugged from the computer.

Start the computer up and make sure you don’t see any problem messages when it’s booting up by paying close attention to the boot screens.

A notification that the RAM use has changed can appear. Nothing unusual here.

If you have issues with the system not powering back up correctly or locking up, this is the place to look for solutions.

 

Please verify that all your RAM boards have been properly inserted into their slots and are securely fastened on both ends.

Verify that each board is correctly inserted into its designated slot. (The most extensive memory board should go in the place nearest the CPU if there are boards of varying sizes.)

Memory boards of the same type (DDR, DDR2, or DD3) must be placed together in adjacent slots.

The speed of the newer memory may vary from that of the older memory if you have installed it alongside the older memory. Not all motherboards support using RAM with varying clock rates. Give the new memory a go by itself.

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