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Installing Memory

Installing memory is a fairly simple process, as long as you follow a few specific rules. Each machine has it’s own design in terms of how many RAM slots the machine has, as well as where they’re located. You should consult your manual for this information. The following point should always be adhered to when installing memory in your machine.


  1. Set the computer on a hard, uncluttered surface, in a non-carpeted area.
  2. ALWAYS wear a static wrist strap when handling memory.
  3. Make sure that the CPU is unplugged from the wall, and that all cables are disconnected before starting to remove cover.
  4. When uncovering your CPU, don’t force the cover. If it’s not lifting off, make sure that it’s not caught on something, and that you haven’t forgotten a screw.


  1. DIMM modules are held in place with friction only, as opposed to SIMMs which used clips.
  2. Firmly insert DIMMs in place, making sure that all the module is flush, and that all the pins are connecting.
  3. When inserting and removing memory, take special care not to place any flex on the motherboard. This could result in a cracked board, which in effect would "total" your system.
  4. Once the memory is installed, plug everything back in, restart your system, and check to see that the system reflects the additional RAM you just installed.