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Ram upgrades

This is a tip explaining exactly what you should keep in mind when you want to upgrade your ram modules in your Desktop computer. This will also act as a guide which will give you step by step instructions on how to replace the ram module.

Firstly, before we start buying, we need to be sure that the upgraded ram modules are compatible with your motherboard. Here are a couple of tips you need to keep in mind.


You need to have a look at the frequency of the ram you are using at the moment, as well as the supported frequency of your motherboard. If your motherboard is compatible with a higher ram frequency than your current ram, you can use the frequency which the motherboard stated as maximum for optimum performance. Remember, if yu want to add ram modules, all ram will be downgraded to the ram with the lowest frequency.

Ram model:

You need to know if you are using DDR, DDR1, DDR2, DDR3 ram, some motherboards supports both DDR2 and DDR3. If your motherboard does not support a certain model, it will not fit in the slot on the motherboard, hence, it will be useless. Thus, you need to have a look at the ram model supported by your motherboard.


Lastly, you need to have a look at the latency of the ram. The lower the latency, the better the performance.

After you have bought the new upgraded ram modules, we can install them. The following steps will guide you through the installation process.

Step 1

Shut down your computer and unplug all cables. Also, you need to take of the side panel of your computer. Remember to stay grounded at all times when you start working with the hardware of your computer.

Step 2

The second step will be to either take out the current ram modules to upgrade them, or insert the new ram modules into the other available ram slots on the motherboard. Remember to keep yourself grounded at all times while touching the any of the computer hardware. Also, handle the ram at the length end at all times, not at the width end. There will be 2 small hinges on both sides at the base of each ram modules end. You need to pivot the outwards before the ram module can be removed or inserted.

Step 3

The last step will be to screw back the side panel after you have inserted the ram modules(Be sure that you remember to clip back the hinges to ensure that the ram module is places in correctly. Never force the module, line up the ram module with the slot on the motherboard.) Also, plug back all cables into the Computer case, and enjoy your handwork.

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how much ram can i upgrade my compaq presario? I keep getting conflicting info. The tech at Office Depot said I was maxed out 2Gigs and upgrading any more would shut it down. But I'm reading forums online with people saying its possible...Whos right?

One good and easy way to find out for sure how much RAM your computer can hold is to go to WWW.CRUCIAL.COM and run their SCAN MY COMPUTER feature.

This handy utility will scan your hardware configuration and tell you exactly how much RAM you currently have installed and what type it is.

It will also tell you how many RAM slots are fitted on your motherboard and what the maximum memory capacity is for each slot and the total capacity for that motherboard.

If your computer does have room to add more RAM, it will provide you with specific recommendations as to exactly what type and size of RAM stick to get to maximize the memory capacity and performance of your computer.

I hope that was helpful to you, good luck.


Nov 05, 2011 | HP Compaq Presario SR5350F Desktop PC...

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How to Add RAM to Your Desktop Because we all hear news of computer technology getting faster and faster, we expect a lot when we purchase a new desktop. We figure from the moment we start up the system, everything will be fast and easy. Running applications and switching between several programs will take no time at all, and the act of opening your Web browser will take place in a flash. In the beginning, it may be very much like this. But as time passes and you add new applications and acquire a lot more data on your hard drive, chances are your computer will react a lot slower. After a while, starting up your computer might take several minutes, an eternity compared to the day when you first switched the machine on. But it's no surprise that your computer's growing slower. Just think about all of the things you use your computer for. Are you one of those people who like to edit and organize digital photos? If so, you're probably filling your hard drive with a seemingly endless number of pictures from memory cards. Or perhaps you like to capture home movies on digital video, which can take up even more storage and processing power. And, like many others, you may store large libraries of MP3 files on your desktop, too. Your computer has to manage the software that you use to work with these files. If you think about your computer having to run all of these programs at the same time, you start to understand how much pressure we place on desktops. So, do you have to accept an abysmally slow desktop, or can you actually take action? Fortunately, there's an easy and inexpensive way to adjust if you want to keep up with a digital world that never seems to slow down. Simply adding to or upgrading your existing random access memory (RAM), can make a noticeable difference in your desktop's processing performance Choosing RAM for Your Desktop Whenever we run an application or tell the computer to perform a certain function, the information from that command is loaded onto memory. With that memory on hand, your desktop can run more efficiently. But when your computer has too many tasks to perform and not enough means with which to do everything, you're putting strain on your desktop's processing. It's sort of like asking a person who's spent a couple of weeks training for a 5K race to run an entire marathon -- the runner wouldn't have the strength to run such a long distance in a reasonable amount of time since he or she would be woefully unprepared. So if your desktop is suffering from too much workload, how much RAM do you actually need? Before you go out to find the RAM module on the shelf, you need to ask yourself what kind of work you normally do on your desktop. If you use your desktop for just your bare-bones basics like e-mail and word processing, your computer won't need too much RAM. Somewhere between 384 to 512 MB of RAM should be sufficient. But you should keep in mind that even if your desktop computer is relatively new, some systems don't come with enough memory to operate even the most basic tasks. The more processing you require your computer to perform, however, the more RAM you'll need. If you use your desktop for work in a home office and you often use several different types of programs simultaneously, including e-mail, Web surfing, word processing, spreadsheets and software for presentations and illustrations, you desktop will probably require the upper end, maybe even as much as 1 GB of RAM. Serious gamers who use up a lot of graphics power need between 1 and 2 GB of RAM, while professionals who use a lot of 3-D modeling software should probably have 2 GB or more. If you're not entirely sure what kind of RAM your desktop you'll need, there are Web sites like Crucial.com that are dedicated entirely to memory performance and allow you to select the type of desktop you own and search for the most compatible type of RAM for your system. Adding RAM to Your Desktop ­Once you've chosen the right kind of RAM, it's time to install your RAM module into the insides of your desktop. Before you get started, make sure your desktop has been turned off and unplugged from any outlets. Opening up your computer while there's a power source connected to it is dangerous, so to avoid any electrical accidents it's a good idea to make sure you handle everything carefully. You should also ground yourself by touching a metal surface or wearing an antistatic wrist strap. This prevents electrostatic discharge, something many of us have experienced by dragging our feet over a rug, touching a doorknob (or another person) and creating a spark. This happens when two objects touch or rub together and exchange electrons -- one becomes positively charged, the other negatively charged. When one object touches another that has an opposite charge, electrons shoot out to balance the charges. Static charges may give us a harmless shock when we touch a doorknob, but they can damage computer equipment, so grounding yourself will protect sensitive components. Desktop computers are designed many different ways, but most have either side doors or tops that can be removed with the help of a screwdriver. The RAM slots are located on the computer's motherboard. There are usually two slots, though there may be more. If all slots are filled up with existing RAM modules, you can replace a smaller RAM chip with a larger one. Just release the tabs that hold the module down, remove the old module and insert the new, larger one. If there's a slot open, you simply can slide the new module in place and gently snap it into position. Once you've installed the RAM, and after you've closed up your desktop safely and properly, you can start up your computer. The system should recognize the new RAM automatically. Now your desktop will boot up faster, run applications more efficiently and switch between programs with noticeable ease. Sources Sources Crucial.com. "How much memory do you need?" (Jan. 26, 2009) http://www.crucial.com/uk/support/howmuch.aspxCrucial.com. "How to improve the performance of your desktop computer with an easy, affordable desktop memory upgrade." (Jan. 26, 2009) http://www.crucial.com/uk/support/guides/desktop/The Memory Suppliers. "How to install memory - installing desktop and laptop memory RAM." (Jan. 26, 2009) http://www.memorysuppliers.com/howtoinallty.htmlMiastkowski, Stan. "Avoid static damage to your PC." PC World. Jan. 31, 2002. (Jan. 26, 2009) http://www.pcworld.com/article/82184/avoid_static_damage_to_your_pc.html

Dec 27, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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upgrade ram

In order to upgrade the ram of your desktop. First you have to check the ram specifications. If wrong specifications the desktop will not work. To check you have to remove the ram from your desktop by removing the screws behind your desktop. Open the lid and you will see the contents of your desktop. Besides of your processor, there is ram installed. Unclip it. Then bring that ram to the computer shops. Purchase a ram higher than the ram installed in your desktop. Afterwards, install the new ram to your desktop. Good luck.

Sep 13, 2010 | Acer Aspire T690 (AST690UP820A) PC...

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Can I put different types of RAM on a motherboard?

Not different types per se, but you may be able to put different speeds.

Type would be like DDR Sdram2_bing.gif, or DDR2 Sdram for example.

Speed is a slang term for Frequency Rate. What frequency rate does the ram memory2_bing.gif module (Stick) operate at.

Example: DDR2 Sdram that has a frequency rate of 667MHz. (PC2-5300) MHz stands for MegaHertz.

Mega = approximately 1 Million. Hertz stands for Cycles per Second.

The above ram memory module operates at 667 Million Cycles per Second.

If you install two ram modules that have a different frequency rate, all the ram memory installed will operate at the slower frequency rate.

(Provided the computer will support more than just one frequency rate)

Have a computer in mind, or is this just a generic question? A what if?

Reply to your recent comment:

If this is in relation to two different manufactures of your ram memory, it shouldn't be a problem.

Where you may get into trouble in this area, is if one ram memory module (Stick) is generic, or low budget, and one ram memory module is a high performance gamer ram memory.

Without knowing the exact manufacturer of your computer, plus the Model name of it, and also knowing the information you have about your ram memory 'sticks', the following information is just generic, or general information.

High performance ram memory may use a higher voltage. Not always, but a good portion of the time.

High performance ram may also use a faster set of ram timings.
It may also have high density DRAM chips, and the chip configuration may be setup differently.

(The black rectangular modules you see on the side of a ram memory 'stick', are DRAM chips)

To explain so far;

SDR Sdram was the typical ram memory for years after SIMM ram memory.
SDR stands for Single Data rate.
Commonly just referred to as Sdram, but in actuality that is erroneous.

(Sdram stands for Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory)

Then came DDR Sdram.
Double Data Rate Sdram.
Then DDR2 SDram.
Double Data Rate 2 Sdram.
Then DDR3 Sdram.
Double Data Rate 3 Sdram.

1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SDRAM

(Anything you see on a Wikipedia page that is in blue, is a link to more information.

To further illustrate this,

2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR_SDRAM )

SDR Sdram specifications were all over the place. What was considered to be a standard for one manufacturer, differed for another manufacturer.

The JEDEC organization was formed.
JEDEC sets the standards for ram memory from DDR Sdram on up.

Voltage for DDR Sdram is 2.5 volts
DDR2 is 1.8 Volts
DDR3 is 1.5 Volts.

Ram manufacturers found that by upping the voltage requirement on high performance ram, the ram could perform, better.
Not true in all cases, as there is high performance ram that operates at the JEDEC standard.

Ram timings were also varied.
Also the chip configuration
Plus the density of the DRAM chip.

Unless it is a really cheap, generic ram module, (Stick), there will be a manufacturers code on the side.
With this code I can tell you the specifications of that ram module.
I can also explain

Feb 28, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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ram upgrade

you need to make sure the ram is compatable, it looks like an old machine so chances are its using sdram pc100,
check the ram your trying to make sure its not pc133. let me know what each piece of ram has on its sticker

Mar 23, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX200 PC Desktop

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