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How to Upgrade the Memory in your PC

Upgrading your memory is the easiest way to modify your computer's speed. Ask a salesperson at a computer store what kind of memory you need for your computer. The sticks range in price from $ to over $ depending on how much memory they have. The individual memory sticks hold from 128 MB RAM up to 2 GB. Steps
  1. Once you have your new memory, turn off the computer and the power supply, then unplug your computer..
  2. Open up your computer by removing the screws in the back. (though some computers have a lah which is pushed)
  3. Locate the memory cards that are already in your computer. They are usually long and thin, and rectangular in shape.
  4. Touch the metal computer case with your hand in more than one place to discharge static electricity from your body. This static can damage the memory chips.
  5. There are two white tabs on each side. Push these down to release the current memory.
  6. Pull out the chip.
  7. Once you have it lined up, push the new chip into place.
  8. Make sure it is in the whole way. A clicking sound can usually be heard when the memory is secure.
  9. Turn your computer on.



  • Turn off and unplug your computer first!
  • Be careful of wires and cables inside your computer and make sure you do not accidentally loosen any of them.

Things You'll Need

  • New memory
  • Screwdriver
  • Computer

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