Memory Primer - Giordan on Graphics | 2
Installing memory is a fairly simple process, as long as you follow a few specific rules. Each machine has its own design in terms of how many RAM slots the machine has, as well as where theyre located. You should consult your manual for this information. The following point should always be adhered to when installing memory in your machine.
- Set the computer on a hard, uncluttered surface, in a non-carpeted area.
- ALWAYS wear a static wrist strap when handling memory.
- Make sure that the CPU is unplugged from the wall, and that all cables
are disconnected before starting to remove cover.
- When uncovering your CPU, dont force the cover. If its not
lifting off, make sure that its not caught on something, and that
you havent forgotten a screw.
- DIMM modules are held in place with friction only, as opposed to SIMMs
which used clips.
- Firmly insert DIMMs in place, making sure that all the module is flush,
and that all the pins are connecting.
- 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.
- Once the memory is installed, plug everything back in, restart your
system, and check to see that the system reflects the additional RAM you