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Notebook Computer Memory - How to Install Notebook Computer Memory

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If you’re not familiar with notebooks (laptops), the idea of installing notebook computer memory yourself can seem like a mind-boggling idea. Memory (or RAM) is necessary for computers to help them run more efficiently and handle large processes in a quicker way. The less notebook computer memory is, the slower the computer will be at completing tasks and multi-tasking. As previously stated, changing the notebook computer memory is not hard if you are familiar with the basic process. Almost notebook memory can be changed in very similar ways, so there really is no drastic need for a particular set of steps for your specific machine.

Your first step in installing notebook computer memory is making sure that you have the correct memory type. There are many different types of memory, and if you buy the wrong type, it might damage your machine or not work at all. You can usually refer to an online resource or computer manual for the specific type that you need. You must also understand that there are different sizes of memory. In earlier times, laptop memory was more common in the form of megabytes (MB). For example, you could purchase different sizes such as 256 MB of RAM or 512 MB of RAM. These days it’s more common to find notebook computer memory that holds up to multiple GB. For example you could buy a memory stick of 1 GB or 2 GB. It just depends on what you would like to spend because the more capacity the stick holds, the more expensive it is.

Now that you’ve purchased the correct notebook computer memory, it’s time to install it. This is usually a 5-10 minute process, and it does not, in most cases, require professional help.

Flipping over the notebook, you might notice multiple compartments on the underside. These are all doors to certain parts of the computer for easy replacement of various parts. You’ll be looking for the door that opens up to reveal where the RAM is installed. Instead of spending time opening each one, take a few moments to refer to the owner’s manual to locate the exact location of the RAM.

These doors are usually held in place by very small screws. They can be easily removed with a small screw driver, but in your case, it may be different. In the majority of situations, a screw driver similar to one that repairs eye glasses would be suitable for the job. Proceed with unscrewing the necessary screws to properly remove the door. Make sure all screws are removed before opening the door or you could risk bending it.

Once you’ve completely removed the door, you should see a few notebook computer memory sticks installed. In your particular case, you might be removing all of them or adding to them. If you’re in need of removing them, you will notice ejector clips on both sides each memory slot. If you’re removing the notebook computer memory, you’ll need to hold these ejector clips down and outwards to easily remove the sticks. If you are holding them down correctly, they should easily remove from the slots.

Once you’re ready to install your memory, you should now have some empty slots open. You have probably noticed that the memory sticks lie sideways instead of vertically (as they would in a desktop computer). You’ll also notice that there is a small ridge in the slot. This ridge will line up exactly with the indention in the notebook computer memory, so keep this in mind. When installing, you should hold the notebook computer memory by both corners with your thumb and index finger. Gently begin to slide the memory stick down into the slot so that everything lines up and there is a nice fit. If you find that the stick is being stern about entering the slot, make sure you are correctly inserting it and try it again. If the stick is still stern, apply a small amount of force. It’s very important to not simply shove or bang it in as this could damage the system. Some slots require a little bit of force when inserting new memory, so keep applying pressure until you are happy with the way it is sitting.

Once you’ve installed the memory simply re-attach the door with the screws and turn your computer back on to ensure that you correctly installed the hardware. Your computer should instantly recognize the memory addition and (hopefully) run smoother.

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