How Do You Upgrade a Laptop's RAM Memory?


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Before upgrading a laptop's RAM, find out if the laptop is capable of having its memory upgraded. If it is upgradeable, determine what type and size RAM module to use. Once the RAM module is obtained, install it in the laptop.

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  1. Determine if the laptop is upgradeable

    Consult the user's manual or manufacturer's website to check the amount of RAM the laptop is capable of supporting.

  2. Choose the RAM

    To choose the correct RAM module, find out what kind of RAM your laptop requires, and determine how much RAM to add. The laptop's BIOS menu or user's manual lists the type of memory required, such as DDR3 or PC133. The amount of memory that can be added is affected by the number of memory slots on the motherboard. It is best to use the same size RAM modules in all of the slots to avoid timing issues.

  3. Install the RAM

    After putting on an anti-static wrist band, and powering down the laptop, locate the memory compartment door on the underside of the laptop. Use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the door. Press down on the end clips until the RAM module is ejected to remove any existing RAM modules that are no longer needed. Then, insert the new RAM module into a slot, and gently push it down until it clicks. Replace the memory compartment door, and turn on the laptop. The laptop automatically recognizes the extra RAM if everything has been done properly.

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