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It sure is. This may seem complex at first but it's actually very simple. PLEASE: Read the entire set of instructions before beginning to make sure you understand each step and aren't taken by surprise with your computer taken halfway apart...
First please visit www.kingston.com
On the right hand of your screen you'll see the "memory finder". I do not work for or endorse kingston so I'll leave it up to you whether you'd like to order from them or buy a generic version from your local computer store or best buy. (I also have no problem with Kingston, it's simply a matter of preference.)
Choose your model from among the various brands. (there are also links to model name and manufacturer number (a sticker on your PC).
-If you do not see your brand or have a generic/locally built machine, you'll probably want to remove the cover of your computer and write down information on the mother board and remove the RAM (look below) and simply take the RAM and info to the store with you. (An option to do from the beginning but I suggest trying the web-site.) With the information from this web-site you can take the model number and info to the store and they should be able to sell a compatible RAM stick with just this information if you prefer a different brand or don't want to order online.
Before beginning be sure you have a clean workspace and beware of static electricity which can fry electronics. Be sure your grounded by occasionally touching the metal case and don't work while rubbing your feet on shag carpet...
-Once you've obtained the correct kind of RAM for your type of motherboard (the motherboard and operating system are the two components that tell you how much RAM you can use with your system. If you're not using a x64 bit computer with a 64x bit operating system, then the most your computer can recognize is 3 GB. The motherboard will tell you what kind of RAM you must use by bus speed and RAM type; don't worry if you don't understand what that means you don't need to.)
the next step is to open up the case.
-Use your user manual or google your model type if it isn't self evident on how to remove the case. (some use a single plastic clip others use screws or a combination of the two. WARNING: IF YOU UNSCREW SCREWS BE SURE YOU'RE NOT UNSCREWING THE POWER SUPPLY!!! Consult your manual and never unscrew screws that aren't along the very edge of the back of the case.) Some cases can be tricky depending on the model, just remember don't overly force anything because you can't come back from a *snap*.
-Next locate the RAM inside of your computer, sometimes it's buried underneath cords or drives, usually there are stickers on the inside that show you how to remove any obstructions over the RAM. If at any point you feel it's becoming overwhelming please take it to a technician. Some cases are designed to be daunting to make users shy away from doing things themselves but with patients you can always get it. Lets hope you're lucky and the case simply clicks open and the RAM is in clear view and easy to get at (most modern computers have this).
-Before removing the RAM note how it goes in and its orientation (there will be a small upside down shape U divot in the actually chip that will help you keep thing oriented.)
There will be plastic "clips" hugging the RAM in place. Using both hands at the same time pull the "clips" away from each other and the RAM will pop up out of its slot. DO NOT FORCE THE RAM OUT. it should slide out easily once the clips have been pushed down (very easy step)
Pull in the direction of the arrows above.
-Again be sure your grounded (simply touch a metal piece of the case occasionally) and remove the new RAM without touching the contacts (the bottom part that goes into the slot.)
-Gently line up the RAM and correctly orient it. DO NOT CLIP IT IN
-Push with a good amount of force STRAIGHT down (don't bent it side to side and you shouldn't have to jump with all your weight behind it) and the clips should snap into place themselves. THEMSELVES! Be sure your orientation of the chip is correct and it should pop in with a small amount of force; there's only one right way. Insert as many chips as you have purchased. You will know if you did it right. It will simply pop into place and look right.
-Next assuming your computer isn't like 15 years old your computer will automatically recognize and configure itself for the new RAM at startup during what's called POST. (Stands for Power on Self Test again not important to know.
-The computer will not boot up if you did it wrong. If it comes up, you're good. If you do not see the new RAM size during the startup screen (because it goes too fast to see or has a watermark or something) you can check in Windows by right clicking on My Computer or Computer for newer systems and clicking Properties. The window will display the amount of RAM. (It's fine if you put in 3GB and it says something like 2.84 or something that is normal.)
Good luck, I hope this helps and everything goes well. It's easier than I made it out to be here, should only take a few seconds once the RAM is free of obstruction. However, if for any reason you don't feel like things are going well or you need to disassemble half of the computer to get to the RAM then by all means take it to a pro, it shouldn't cost much. Again good luck. Thank you.
Posted on Jan 02, 2011
Yes it is very easy to do. Go here: http://www.crucial.com/ Once there click scan my computer. They will scan your PC and tell you exactly what you have and what you can install with the price. Also on this trusted website I use all the time, you will find instructions on how to replace ram. It is very easy and anyone can do it.
Posted on Jan 02, 2011
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