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How do you install RAM in a computer?

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Install RAM in a computer by first determining what RAM module the computer needs, then acquiring it, taking the computer apart and placing the module into the appropriate slot. It's important to observe all safety procedures. Even if an errant electrical shock may not harm you, it could still harm the system.

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  1. Consult the operator's manual or look online for the proper RAM module

    The website for a computer's manufacturer may sell upgraded RAM modules for the system. Ensure the right module is available; different RAM types are unable to work together.

  2. Shut down the computer

    After shutting it down, wait about 30 seconds for the capacitors to lose their charge. Place the computer on a flat, clean work surface. Remove the outer covering of the computer to access the motherboard and internal components.

  3. Electrically ground

    Touch a metal object to ground and discharge any static electricity that has built up. Grasp the new RAM module by the edges of the card. Never touch the copper contacts or the flat surface of the card.

  4. Insert the RAM module in the appropriate location

    Desktops typically have a series of ports attached to the motherboard that look similar, such as long white card receptacles. These are designated for RAM. Laptops have the RAM access bay on the underside, with the exact location varying by model. If in doubt, consult the user manual or check online for the location. Ensure the module is seated properly.

  5. Replace everything and power on the computer

    If any cables or parts had to be removed from the desktop, put them back in place without forcing. It helps to write down or somehow color-code where everything should go. After reassembly, turn the computer back on. It should recognize the new RAM.

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