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RAM I am trying to install a new chip of RAM into the PC but it is behind the Cd and hard drives. How do you take these out to get to the RAM port?

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Depending on your pc, on some pc's the side panel will come off with your motherboard. You should then be able to get to your memory. on others the side panel will come off and then you can unscrew the cd, dvd (screws on both sides of pc)and push them out(forward, unplug the power line and ide connections).

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If any of the above steps gives you a different result than the flashing red light, then the offending part has been removed from the test equation.
-Reseating the RAM can fix thermal creep
-If you have one bad RAM chip out of multiple chips, removing and replacing them one at a time can show which chip may be bad.
-If a drive/component is bad, removing that component can allow the computer to boot
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tell me how many pci cards have u installed in ur system and what abt VGA is it in built on mother board or additionally fixed by u , actually something is faulty and it is causing u trouble in hardware kindly do this

take all pci cards out modem , sound,tv card
use new RAM chips
just install RAM and VGA to start take out all drives like dvd or cd just leave one for installation the newest one
u can use ur old hardrive or new i dont feel it is ur hard rive
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pls tell me the results
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