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It’s Simple To Add System Memory

June 17, 2010 By: lilybird Category: Hardware

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So many applications today require a large amount of system memory(RAM) to run these days. Let me explain how to simply upgrade yours. Upgrading is very affordable these days if your machine is few years old.

The first thing you need to do is to identify exactly what type in in your computer of mac. Please visit and on the very main page, there is a small application you can run and check your system. It will tell you the type, speed, maximum amount your machine can handle, and how many slots you have available. After running the application on the website, it will give you a list of purchase options, just write down or print all of information from the system scan and shop elsewhere on the internet. You can surely find better pricing. It will save you a few dollars.

Ok, so you have shopped around, ordered your new memory, it has arrived, or you picked it up in the store and you are ready to install.

Now, you can add the new chips to the current setup if you have available slots and purchased identical or a very similar RAM upgrade. You can also remove what is currently in there and load it up with your new stuff.


1. Open the case of your computer, look for one to four, 3 to 4 inch long, about an inch high, thin, green, chips standing on their edge. Usually located a bit off the center of the main board towards a corner. One way to match it up is to look at your new purchase and match it with what is inside the computer.

2. If removing memory, there is a little tab on each side of each stick attached to the board that swings down and away on each side. Use your thumb or finger to release it on each side of each chip and pull up easy to remove.

3. Now you want to put in your new hardware. Take note of the notch on the bottom of each piece, it is usually slightly off center and must be lined up correctly with the slot on the main board to install correctly. Very carefully line it up over the slot, then push down with evenly with both thumbs until the tab on the ends click and lock into place. You will see, hear, and feel this occur if done correctly. Follow the same procedure until all is installed.

4. Put your case back together. Plug it back in and turn on your computer, it will warn you system memory has changed. Hit the corresponding button that says “setup” to enter the BIOS, then save and exit out of the BIOS, then your system will restart.

So, there you go. The entire process should take no more than 15 minutes, you saved yourself some money, and now have some more power.

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