If you own a computer, you have heard of “RAM” before.
RAM stands for Random Access Memory.
RAM in a computer is similar to your brain’s short-term memory–it’s fast, small and ephemeral.
It is what programs use to run and store program files, so the more programs the more RAM being used. When the RAM becomes low you may have too many programs running and/or installed.
Need more RAM?
Uninstall unneccessary programs you don’t use. Still need more RAM?
Adding more RAM is a low-cost solution for a significant boost in performance.
You don’t have to buy a new computer.
You just need to buy RAM chips.
Or swap chips from an old computer that is no longer functional.
Google search for RAM chips to find out where to purchase them. I will guide you through the steps to change them.
How to swap RAM chips…
If you are novice computer owner, you should be able to install your own RAM with no problems. It’s really quite simple.
Here is how I swapped RAM chips from my old desktop computer (1 GB RAM) into my functional desktop computer (originally 700 something MB RAM):
1. TURN THE COMPUTER OFF & UNPLUG THE COMPUTER.
2. Start by taking off the side cover panel on your CPU. You may have to unscrew it or it may have a locking system that pops out.
3. Once you have successfully removed the cover you want to start by taking a look inside. It’s probably quite dusty… now is a good time to clean some of that up! A flashlight will come in handy here.
4. Locate the RAM chips, usually in a pair of two or a set of four. Here is what one of mine looked like…
5. To remove your RAM chips locate them in the CPU and pop the levers (mine were white) outwards. The RAM chip should slide out easily once the levers are moved. Do the one in front first, then the one in the back.
6. Once removed or if you’re just installing new ones you have bought take the cover off your main computer station as described in steps 1-5 above.
7. Insert new RAM chip(s) and make sure the levers snap into place on both the top and bottom of the chip. Wait to put the cover back on, but go ahead and plug your computer back in and start the OS.
8. If you hear beeping, don’t be alarm. Unplug the computer – you do not have the chip insert properly. Make sure it is correctly inserted, into the notches that allow the lever to click into place.
9. One you have the chips inserted you can put the cover back on and continue to work as normal.
10. Right click on my computer – then select properties and you will see that your amount of RAM has been indeed upgraded.