Replacing Computer Memory
Article by Michael Freeman
Many individuals are intimidated by any task which requires them to look at the “guts” of their machine. The components that make up the motherboard and other machine hardware, however, have become so modular in their design that most people would have little difficulty in replacing any of the primary components of the computer. Memory is one of the components that are the easiest to replace. One of the most vital components of all, computer memory is also among the most inexpensive and fastest to upgrade. End users should have no problem with this operation.
To replace computer memory, one first locates the existing memory on the motherboard. On a PC, all memory must be of the same size. One cannot, for instance, add a 1GB memory board to a computer and then add a 2GB board to a different socket. Most often, users who upgrade choose to buy the largest amount of memory that can be held by their computer and to install that amount on every socket. This is usually the best way to make sure the replacement memory will remain useful for the entire lifetime of the machine.
Computer memory simply pops out and in to the sockets designed to hold it. There are no special tools required beyond those required to open up the case. Most often, the memory will be found sitting perpendicular to the motherboard in a series of sockets which are lined up in a row. To remove the existing memory, one usually depresses two tabs which hold the memory in place. This will release the memory and elevate it slightly out of the socket, which makes it very easy to remove. The new memory is gently slid into place, at a slight angle, until it clicks tight in the socket.
Once the computer memory is seated, it is tested by simply booting up the machine. The machine will perform a self-test operation before it boots the operating system. If the memory is bad or improperly installed, the computer will either fail to power up or will display a BIOS warning message that there is an issue with the memory. Sometimes, it takes a few tries to get down the technique of inserting the memory into the motherboard. If there is an issue, try taking the memory out and replacing it before giving up on the computer memory replacement job.
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