How To Add RAM To Your Laptop

Sometimes a memory upgrade is suggested when laptop problems come up. A memory upgrade involves adding RAM into your laptop. The benefits of memory upgrade greatly depend on how you use your laptop.

The greatest benefit of adding RAM to a laptop is the improved performance. Upgrading memory is one amongst the cheapest and easiest ways to increase performance of your laptop.

If you love multitasking, then a memory upgrade would be a great idea; more memory means more programs can be run at one time. Sometimes, laptop computers may experience significant slowdowns when running a larger number of programs at once. Adding more RAM eliminates this problem since the extra memory becomes allocated to opening of several programs at the same time.

Surfing the internet after a memory upgrade tends to be quite faster than before the upgrade. Web browsers load faster after adding more Ram, regardless of internet connection.

So, what is the process of adding RAM to a laptop?

1. Determine the laptop’s memory

Start by determining the total amount of RAM your laptop can hold and then Purchase your memory. From the manual that came with your laptop, check for any information on the best type of memory for your laptop and all the available memory-slots. If you don’t have the manual, check online; there are several websites that contain information about laptop memory..

The total amount & size of RAM is extremely important for performance. For example, Windows Vista works best with 2GB of matched memory or more, while Windows XP works best with about 512 KB RAM.

The memory can be bought at many retail computer shops and online stores.

2. Remove battery and the back cover

Shut down the laptop and disconnect the power cord. Turn the laptop over onto its lip and get your screw driver and replacement memory sticks ready. Take the screwdriver and use it to remove back cover of your machine. When working with inside part of the laptop, ground yourself so that the static electricity doesn’t transfer to any area you touch. The static electricity can be harmful to electronic parts. Use you manual to locate all the memory-slots in your laptop.

3. Slide your new memory

Match up the arrows and notches. Gently slide the new RAM in the right angle until it fits well in the right place. Depending on the model of your laptop, there may be locking clip on both sides of the memory-slot. Refer to your manual to make sure the RAM is in the right place and position.

If you're replacing an existing memory with a new and bigger memory, you will have to disconnect the existing one first. To remove existing memory, release the locking clips and then slide the new memory.

4. Return battery

Return the laptop’s battery and then turn your machine on.

5. Confirm addition of memory

Once the laptop is on, go to control panel, then system properties and confirm addition of memory.

If your laptop doesn't register addition of RAM, you have to repeat the entire procedure. Make sure the RAM is well snapped into place.