Add Ram

This instructable will show you how to add ram (random acccess memory) to a desktop.

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Step 1: Locate More Ram and a Computer

When buying extra ram, make sure the ram is compliant with your motherborad for example mobo's designed for ddr2 won't work with a mobo designed for ddr, also make sure it is a compliant frequency most main boards accept more then one frequency. After selecting the proper ram find a flat surface to begin work, make sure it is a flat surface such as a table or counter. Make sure it not carpet. After setting the computer down open it up. Ensure you are discharged by occasionaly touching a metal object. Inside the computer you see the main board, look for the slots next to each other. Get out the additional ram, check the slot and the ram to see if they each match up. Make sure the securing for the ram are open.

Step 2: Insert the Ram

After making sure one last time on everything (including discharging your body) Insert the ram all the way making sure its seated all the way shut the slots securing the ram in place. Then trying to jiggle it around it make sure its sercured in place. Shut the computer and boot up if running xp it will display a screen "the amount of system memory has changed" Continue and have fun computing!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    .........destroy.......and that "0.00001" volts is called ESD, and 0.00001 volts will not destroy ram. Think before you make comments like that.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of always "discharging" yourself, plug your computer into the wall, but make sure it is not turned on. Even thought there is no power running, any static electricity will jump to any grounded metal in your pc, going through the wire, into the wall, and finally to the ground.


    10 years ago on Step 2

    i got a Windows Vista computer..but i dunno what kind of ram it uses...can u reply back and tell me what kind it PROBABLY uses?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Step 2

    If it is a new computer, the chances are that it uses DDR2.


    11 years ago on Step 2

    How do you find out what kind of motherboard do you have? Do you just open the tower and it will say next to? Thanks.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Step 2

    It all depends on what you mean, when you say, "How do you find out what kind of motherboard do you have?" can mean many things. I need you to be a little more specific but I'll try and guess. The type of motherboard can mean many things first of all size motherboards come in several sizes but ill mention the 2 most common atx and micro axt( atx is used in regular sized computers while micro atx is used in compact cases) Or perhaps you mean the processor socket type, motherboards come in several different socket types, socket 775 for intel processors, socket am2 and 939 for Amd processors. and finally the type of ram, motherboards use a few common types of ram, ddr, ddr2, and some very new gaming boards use ddr3, if the board is less than 2 years old it more than likely uses ddr2. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions I'll be glad to help.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yeah sure...there's a couple. The ones I use come from this website They have 2 programs that I use, CPU-Z and PC Wizard, both of which tell you all the information about the hardware of your computer.

    . . . or not buy some RAM as i just found out are old PC (made in 2002) takes SDRAM and a max of 512mb for each stick and i want 2 of them too make 1gp BUT they are $50 each + postage (US). I live in Australia so its going 2 cost more because of currencies.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    so there is no universal ram. ie: sdram which worked on a amd k-6 won't work on an intel pIII?

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    you could say that, but it really doesnt matter what brand mobo you have, sdram of certian types works on some other sdram machines, the most important thing when buying is acttuly making sure you have the right frequencey, if you have a ddr chip and try to put it in a ddr2, it wont fit xD, wrong frequencey and you could kill the port


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Also always make sure to unplug the power. Even though your computer is turned off there is still Standby voltage +5V going through the motherboard and can damage your ram.