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Re: How do I open it up to install new RAM?
Well on any generic computer case there is 2-3 screws that hold on the side panel to get access to the motherboard and the accessories inside.
the ram is the long sticks that usually has 2-4 slots and look like little computer chips side by side,and look like a comb(brush hair with) there is a clip on each side that is pulled away from the stick and lets the ram be pulled out. installing is the reverse of uninstall but make sure to take note on which type of ram u have.
there is sdram which has 2 breaks in the little row of metal pins on the bottom of the ram stick and there is ddr and ddr2 ram.
the ddr is a break in the center of the stick pins and ddr2 is offset to one side of the center of the pins on the bottom. make sure to compare, because if you try to jam the wrong type in there you will either break the mobo or the stick.
also take note which way the stick is pulled so you can tell where the small break is on the ram slot ont he mobo.
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Most of the case will be snap together with only a few screws. If you look in the vent panels with a light you will see the tabs and the points that you need to depress with a small screw driver. This will most likely split in half on the cabinet but you have to remove the face first. None of the buttons or there drives need to be removed for this to happen.
You should go to the Gateway site and look up that model. Here's the link: http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?tab=1&modelId=3931 FYI, there should be a little door on the back that has one or two screws that, when unfastened, expose the memory. But look it up just to be sure
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.
Simply open up your Turned OFF, PC via screws at the back, on the side. Then Look for the "Old" RAM module, and simply snap in the new one, it can only go in one way and usually goes alongside the "Old" module. Now when you turn your PC on next, it will automatically detect the Ram and you will now be able to use it, put the case back on.
The cover is normaly one of the side pannel board, u need to look for a screw that would keep it in place(look for a screw that will be afixed on the sidepanel with the back panel, once you have removed the screw just pull the side panel with force using a small hump that u may find on the side/back panel corner.
It's little trickey and need some concentration, u may find the RAM slot on the Motherboard (The RAM slot will be aprox 3 to 4 inch in length, the RAM goes in only in one way...)
hope this helps
When everything gets done loading the screen says:
<There is no disk in this drive.>
it gives that error message 4 times on the "select partition" list
Reguardless of what i click (besides Quit) being Install or Delete, I get the Blue Screen of Death
setupdd.sys Address F77F8245 base ar F77CA000
I did some research and I came up with possible RAM faultyness, so, I
switched the RAM chips from my Acer to the AW (which obviously work, or
else i wouldnt be typing this) and i get the identical blue screen error
What bugs me about that specific error is before it even says "Click
button to boot from CD" it says RAM cleared... video shadowed etc. etc.
From beginning to end this is what i did:
1. Swapped out new HD
2. Used Utility disc to set-up HD
3. Attempted to install XP
4. swapped RAM chips
5. Attempted again
im at a complete stump to what to do to fix this... any help would be GREATLY appreciated
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4) OR CONTACT DELL SUPPORT IS 24 x 7 AND FREE FOR YOU AS YOUR SYSTEM IS BIT OLD NOW AND IT CARRIES LIFETIME PHONE SUPPORT.. YOU NEED NOT PAY ANYTHING TO DELL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR JUSS PHONE SUPPORT......
Sorry- I have to disagree, One screw at the back releases the lid. Inside, the dvd/hdd sub-chassis has one screw holding it to a brass post on the mobo. Undo that, then lift the chassis slightly with it's plastic strap handle, so you can detach the two connectors from the SATA drive, and the ribbon cable to the DVD (careful you don't bust the latch).
Then the whole lump simply lifts out- and you can see the 2 memory cards. The one I've just looked at appears to have 2 x 512mb simms- so you could replace these with 2 x 1024mb DDR2 SDRAM simms, to give 2GB of ram, which is what Acer say is maximum.
It will not add preformance, but you will be able to have more stuff on your computer. If you want temporary memory (which lets you run more things at the same time) then you want to get RAM. There are 3 slots on the inside of your computer. Only 1 or 2 are being used when you buy it. These are RAM slots. Shove the RAM into there and click it in and youre done! if you want more actualy memory then you will have to buy a new hard drive. These are fairly easy to install, they look like rectangular metal things. Un plug the one in your computer and plug this one in. Note that this is where all of your data is stored, and you will have to re-install absolutely EVERYTHING. You wont have to install any programs to use RAM or new Hard Drives.
As long as you have a open vga, vga e, or pci slot in your computer you should be able to install a new video card. the Acer website says your motherboard supports up two gigs of ram, I am not sure how much ram you are running but if it is under 1 gig I would consider upgrading that also. as far as a graphics card goes get one that has at least 512 mb of its own ram so it dosent pull from your system ram as I am sure your current on-board card is doing. Another couple of hints are: if you are running Windows Vista you they call for 1 gig ram for optimal performance, also it is very important that you un-install any graphics drivers before you install new ones, and when you install the new card read the instructions completely before you do anything.
hope this helps