Laptop RAM

How to Add RAM to Your Laptop

The RAM of a laptop is important in making sure that things keep running smoothly on your machine. If you have low RAM, it is likely that programs will take a greater amount of time to load, and more importantly, your machine will start to heat up excessively. Whenever you boot up a program from your hard drive, the program flies and data are automatically transferred to the Random Access Memory (RAM), from where it is run. Hence, if you have a lower amount of RAM, you will likely see long delays in processing and your computer will perform slower than it should. RAM is used by virtually all applications, from computer games to browsers. So, if you want to increase the performance of your laptop, here's how you can add more RAM.

First of all, you need to know what RAM is installed in your laptop. Usually, the SDRAM DDR3 is used in laptops that have been manufactured in the past two years. The SDRAM DDR3 is better because it transfers data at double the rate than its predecessor DDR2. So, if you have the DDR3 and have purchased a new module to install, this is how to get things started:

Laptop RAM

Installing RAM

It is advised that you first buy a 4-GB RAM, which is an ideal addition to any laptop. Turn off your laptop completely and unplug all power sources. It would also be a wise idea to put on an antistatic wrist strap whenever you're handling a RAM module. Turn your laptop upside down, and start looking for the memory compartment. Different manufacturers place the memory compartment in different places. Some have it on the sides, but generally, a small symbol denotes the memory compartment on underside of the laptop. Use a screw driver to open the memory compartment door, and you will find the RAM plugged inside.

You will also find little ejector clips on either side of the RAM module. Usually, laptops have 2 slots for installing the RAM. Remove the already installed RAM module by holding down the ejector clips, and then place the new SDRAM inside carefully. If done correctly, you will likely hear a 'click' as the ejector clips fall back into place. It would be a wise idea to go through the user's manual of your machine if you are unsure of where the memory compartment is.

Once you have put everything back in its place, carefully put the door of the compartment back and screw it using the screw driver. Turn on your laptop, and at the boot-up screen, press F12 in order to bring up the setup menu and make sure that the RAM has been detected by your laptop.