Fitting RAM modules

August 5th, 2005

Fitting more or bigger [tag]RAM[/tag] modules in your [tag]PC[/tag] is by far the simplest and most noticeable upgrade you can do (apart from upping the mobo - another word for motherboard - and CPU - but that's far from simple).

Fitting a [tag]RAM module[/tag] is easy. Here I'm assuming that you have SD-RAM or DDR/DDR2 fitted in the system (which covers most systems in circulation nowadays).

  • Buy suitable RAM. If in doubt use an online facility like that offered by Crucial.

    Crucial's Memory Advisor finds the right memory!
  • Use [tag]ESD[/tag] protection. Antistatic wrist strap can prevent module damage!
  • Keep all modules in their ESD bags until needed.
  • Switch your PC off and pop the case open.
  • Spot the RAM banks - usually at the top or right hand side of the motherboard (with towers cases anyway).
  • Do you have an empty bank or are you binning a smaller module?
  • If you need to remove a module, take a look for the clips at either end of the bank slot - using your thumbs (or index fingers if you have big thumbs!) and push these back and away from the module. This will cause the module to lift out of the slot an you can remove it by grasping it at either end, avoiding the chips and circuitry if at all possible.
  • If you are not replacing a module, make sure that the clips are in the open position.
  • Take your new module and grasp it with your index fingers/thumbs at either end (avoiding all the "important" stuff!) and take the module to the bank slot. Notice a notch in the connector edge - that needs to match up with the notch in the bank slot, if not, spin the module around.
  • Get the module in the slot and with your thumbs/index fingers, push the module by the edge into the slot. As you push you will notice that the clips close around the module automatically. At this point you can help the module on its way by slowly closing these clips around the module.
  • No real force is needed to do this - if you find you need to add a lot of force, things are wrong! Remove the module carefully and start again.
  • Once the module is in place and seated properly and the clips closed around it, job done!
  • Fire the PC up. You might need to access the system BIOS in order to confirm the additional RAM (enter the [tag]BIOS[/tag] using the keystroke highlighted on-screen and then exit and save).

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