My buddy bought some more RAM for his woman's computer and was asking me just
how exactly do you do that, so from the emails I sent him, you get:
An epic tale in 3 parts...
The case will typically just slide directly back. Some manufacturers make the boxes so they clamshell out one way of the other. Once you get out the screws (and these are the ones around the edge of the back... you'll see where the beige metal overlaps the silver/gray back plate - those screws. The ones around the power supply fan should not be dicked with). You should be able to slide or open or move the side panels of the cover in one way or another to expose the beauty that is Computer Hardware.
Now go and put those screws where they won't get lost, damnit. I told you once.
The DIMM slots look like, well, big slots. Theyre should be 3 or 4 of them in there lined up like this - |||| - at least one of them will have RAM in it already. You can tell theyre DIMM slots because they have little [typically] white doohickeys on each end.
Little lever doohickeys to be specific.
Note that on the sides of the card, down near the little gold fingers, there are two notches. Thats what the white doohickeys will grab. There are also a couple notches in amongst the contact fingers. These match up with knobbies in the slot where the RAM goes. These keep you from putting the RAM in backwards.
Yes, it does matter, sparky. Where did you put those screws?
What slot should it go in? Does it matter? Yes. You want to put the RAM in _next to_ the existing RAM. Don't leave a middle slot open just because it's easier to stick the card in the slot on the end.
As you jam the card in (gold/silver fingers down, obviously), you should notice - if you can see in there, that is - the little white flangey lever doohickeys folding in to grab the notches in the side of the RAM card.
A little pressure is required. The best way to do it is slow and steady, increasing pressure slightly as you need.
You'll hear a "click", and the white doohickeys should be snuggled into the notches on each side. End of process.
Boot your machine and PAY ATTENTION to the bootup as it does the RAM check. If it doesn't count up the extra RAM, something isnt right or you got a bad chip. (sometimes theres a gayass branding graphic or some other pap the computer sellers put in place of the booring old bootup info Typically hitting [ESC] will get rid of this.)
ONE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER:
What you need to know is One Megabyte is not One Thousand Kilobyes.
In actuality, 1 Meg actually equals 1024 K. Just like 1 K is actually 1024 bytes. So if you are expecting 128MB of RAM, you should see 131072KB counted.
If you didn't see a count you expected, there might ba a problem.
Yeah! That'll show 'em!
Or you can try the following first and save yourself a little time. Every reconfiguration you do (a reconfiguration as nothing more that changing something in your hardware) will call for you to reboot and see how much RAM is being checked ay bootup. Smart people reconfigure one step at a time to keep it simple. Most people pull everything out, piss and moan, then try to jam it all in again.
Whichever you choose to be is up to you.
This is what I try to do:
Thats about all i can think of offhand. If you have a question, feel free to use the email link.
The one at the top of the page... geez.
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It's nice to see some people still understand what the internet is all about.