Monday, October 19, 2009

Upgrade Your PC’s RAM

To upgrade your PC’s random-access memory (RAM), you must know the type of RAM it uses, how the RAM is presently configured and how many open RAM slots are available. Upgrade is done to increase the speed and performance of your PC. Here’s my step by step prescription on how you yourself can upgrade your PC’s RAM.

Step - 1. Check the owner's manual or motherboard manual to determine if RAM is parity or non-parity. The website of the company you purchased the computer from usually will tell you what kind of memory your computer needs as well.

Step - 2. Find out the speed of RAM (for example, 60 nanoseconds). You can see it by right clicking on your desktop and click on properties.

Step - 3. Determine whether the computer uses single in-line memory modules (SIMMs) or dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs).

SIMMs - or single in-line memory module, is a type of memory module containing random access memory used in computers from the early 1980s to the late 1990s.
It differs from a dual in-line memory module (DIMM), the most predominant form of memory module today, in that the contacts on a SIMM are redundant on both sides of the module. SIMMs were standardised under the JEDEC JESD-21C standard.

DIMMs - or dual in-line memory module, comprises a series of dynamic random access memory integrated circuits. These modules are mounted on a printed circuit board and designed for use in personal computers, workstations and servers. DIMMs began to replace SIMMs (single in-line memory modules) as the predominant type of memory module as Intel's Pentium processors began to gain market share.

Step - 4. Find out whether the computer uses regular, FPM, EDO, or Synch DRAM.

Step - 5. Determine the number of pins on the motherboard: 30, 72 or 168.

Step - 6. Remove the cover from the machine to find the number of open RAM slots. Look for between two and eight same-sized parallel sockets on the main circuit board. Usually at least two of those sockets will contain RAM - ruler-shaped circuit boards with chips on one or both sides.

Step - 7. Purchase additional RAM that matches existing memory specifications. You can choose from 512MB, 1GB or 2GB. The greater the bytes the better.

Step - 8. Discharge yourself by grabing on any metal. Carefully place your RAM on the slot. If your Motherboard has 3 slots thats good. yur can put 3 RAM at a time. That makes your PC a lot faster.

Step - 9. Place everything back to normal and restart. Observe the changes made by upgrading your RAM.

I hope you like this simple tutorial on how to upgrade RAM.


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