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Accessing RAM sticks in a Dell dimension 8100 tower

I can open the case, but the RAM sticks are located behind much of the hardware inside the tower. How do I get to the sticks? does the other panel come pff somehow?

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Hi,
The following link would give you product manual . This would help you to replace the memory.
You donot have to remove the otherside. You might need to remove the PCI cards, to gain access to the memory.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dsleest/rr.htm



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The Maximum Total Amount of Ram Memory is 2GB.
(2048MB)
The Maximum Amount for EACH ram slot is 1GB.
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Ram should be installed in Slot 1, when using just one stick of ram.
This is the ram slot closest to the Processor.

The Processor reads ram memory that is installed in Slot 1, first.

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Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate computer hardware components inside a computer.

Work on a table.
After you have opened the computer case, and BEFORE you remove that ram module from it's anti-static protective bag, TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case. (Power unplugged from computer)

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Suggest you start off with finding out if any ram module/s have been bumped loose inside the computer.
(Ram Module = Ram 'Stick')

Doesn't take much to bump these babies loose.
The ram module, or modules may look to be seated upon a cursory inspection, but the preferred method is to remove the ram module/s, and re-seat them.

This way you are assured they/it are down in the ram slot securely, and making a good connection.

Computer off, and unplugged from power, open the computer case. BEFORE you reach inside firmly touch the metal frame of the computer case. (Not shouting)

Your body carries Static electricity, and Static will fry out (Short Circuit) computer hardware components.
Touching the metal frame of the open computer case, (unplugged from power) will relieve your body of Static.

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[Gold plated contact pins,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Generic_DDR_Memory_%28Xytram%29.jpg

The above photo, is to illustrate the gold plated contact pins on a typical ram memory module.
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The ram memory modules used in your Dell are DDR2 Sdram. 240 contact pins. 120 on each side]

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I don't know if you've been inside a computer before. If you have please disregard the following.

When you open your computer you're going to see a small mass of wires, and the ram module/s will be a little difficult to get to.

I find it best to remove all cables to the computer, open the computer case, and lay the computer down on it's side, on a towel, on top of a table.
Much easier to access that ram memory.

This is Dell Support, and the main menu for the Service Manual, for your Dell Dimension 5150,

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If you click on the sub-heading - Removing and Installing Parts, you'll find information on how to remove,and install your ram memory module/s.

On this page click on - Memory, at the top left.

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