Is your computer running slowly and it’s beginning to aggravate you? Chances are, it needs more memory. Installing more Random Access Memory might solve your problem.
This article will review how to install more RAM on your laptop to increase its memory if you are a power user, but if you would prefer that a professional install more RAM, you can check out a good local computer repair shop.
In this article, we are going to explain why you might need more RAM, how you can tell if you do, and how to install more RAM on your laptop yourself. If you aren’t a technical person, or want a failsafe way to install more memory on your computer, see the notes on finding a good repair shop at the end.
Overall, your computer’s performance is determined by how well your RAM and CPU work in junction. The more RAM your CPU has access to, the easier it is to function. This makes for a faster computer. In other words, if you don’t have enough RAM, your CPU has to work a lot harder to transfer data, damaging your computer’s performance.
RAM also helps to support your software. Every software program on your computer needs a minimum amount of memory to run smoothly. If your computer doesn’t have enough RAM to support all of your software programs, they will move extremely slowly, or not at all.
How Can I Tell if I Need More RAM?
- If your computer restarts randomly while you are in the middle or something.
- If your computer sporadically freezes.
- If your computer reboots immediately after you open the desktop.
- If you computer runs fine when you first turn it on but as you use it, it’s performance suffers.
- If a blue screen with white text flashes before restarting.
- If the tiles you frequently use and save are corrupted.
- If you attempt to install a new program and it repeatedly fails for unknown reasons.
- If you are trying to reinstall the OS and receive strange error messages.
What Causes Bad RAM?
Power surges can damage most of your computer’s components. Make sure you plug your computer into a surge protector.
Electrostatic discharge can damage your RAM. For example, if you handle a part in your computer without grounding yourself by touching a piece of grounded metal to discharge electricity.
Excessive heat causes RAM to wear out.
Incorrectly overclocking any part of your computer can also cause damage with excess heat.
Your memory module might be working, but a memory slot on your motherboard is defective. This will put a damper on your RAM’s performance.
How to Add More RAM to Your Computer
The “random” in “random access memory” means that any byte of memory can be retrieved. It is not necessary to touch the byte before it. Installing more RAM is one of the easier ways to make your computer run faster. You’ll only need to install hardware – no software programs are needed.
When you compare the cost of upgrading RAM to other parts on your computer, you will find that upgrading RAM is less expensive.
Here are the steps to install more RAM on your computer to increase your laptop’s memory.
- As mentioned before, static can destroy all of your computer’s components. The easiest way to avoid this is to buy an ESD mat. If you can, try not work on carpet.
- Save all of your work, turn off your laptop, and close the display.
- Disconnect any external devices that might be attached to your laptop, like flash drives, printers, etc.
- Unplug your power cord and adapter.
- Turn your laptop over on a flat surface.
- Remove your laptop’s battery.
- Loosen the screws on your laptop’s memory module compartment.
- Remove the compartment cover.
- Remove the existing memory modules, by pulling on the retention clips. The module will tilt up. Grab the edge of the memory and carefully pull it out of the slot.
- Insert your new RAM into the proper compartment.
- Make sure you align the notched edge along with the tab in the slot.
- Press the module down into the memory slot until it is seated, beginning at a 45-degree angle.
- Press the memory down while putting pressure on both sides until the clips snap.
- Align the notches on the computer with the tabs of the cover and close it.
- Tighten the screws back on to the memory compartment.
- Place your battery back in, attach the external devices you had attached in before, and plug your laptop back into its power outlet.
- Restart your computer and enjoy your new, faster device.
By following these steps, you will have successfully installed more RAM into your laptop and should expect speedier, more dependable performance.
If any of these steps seems intimidating to you, it’s easy to find a reputable third party computer repair store that can perform this procedure for you.
The computer repair store can also locate the proper parts for your computer and often these shops will offer a warranty on their services.
Look for a computer repair shop that has good reviews online, a web presence, and make sure it has been in business for a period of time. If you can, ask a friend to give you a referral. Sometimes, this is the best way to find a shop you can depend on.
Upgrading your RAM to increase your laptop’s memory is inexpensive, even if done by a professional, will significantly improve your computer’s performance and can even prolong its lifetime.