Updated on October 13, 2022
Memory can be retrieved by depressing the clips that secure it. The RAM should be taken out of the computer carefully, with care taken to avoid contacting the metal contacts. A new RAM module must be positioned precisely next to its slot before it can be installed. When you hear a click, push the RAM at a 45-degree angle gently.
Reduce the RAM’s height until it clicks into place within the clips. Return the rear cover and battery to the laptop after installing fresh RAM. Simply turning on the laptop after installing the new RAM should trigger the system to recognize the change.
Whether you’re using an older laptop that’s starting to feel slow or a newer machine that’s slowing down when you have too many tabs open, more RAM could be the answer. To avoid the interminably sluggish process of swapping data to your hard drive or SSD, make sure your computer has enough physical memory Not all new laptops let you get at the RAM, but those that do usually let you upgrade it.
The RAM of a laptop computer is easy to increase and won’t set you back too much time or money. The most typical RAM upgrade is from 4GB to 8GB, and the price range for this is $25–$55, depending on whether or not you need to swap memory cards. RAM chip replacement can be accomplished in as little as 5-10 minutes, based on the number of screws that need to be removed from the chassis. Here is a guide on installing additional RAM in your laptop.
1. See how Much Ram You’re Using
Limited RAM is a common source of computer slowdowns and instability. If you’re a heavy user who frequently switches between many resource-intensive programs or maintains a large number of open tabs in your web browser (say, 30 or more), upgrading your RAM is a good idea.
The Windows Task Manager is where you’ll want to look to see how much memory your laptop is now using. To access Task Manager, just right-click the taskbar. The percentage of utilized memory can be viewed in Task Manager’s performance tab. You’ll also be able to check how many of the system’s physical memory slots are currently occupied.
If you go to the Memory tab in Task Manager and then select “Open Resource Monitor” at the bottom of the window, you’ll see much more information. Screenshots are from Windows 10, thus Windows 7 users should expect a slightly different experience.
The requirement for additional physical memory is obvious if you are nearing or have already reached the maximum capacity.
2. Find out If You Can Upgrade
Some laptops include memory that is soldered onto the motherboard, making memory upgrades impossible. (It is also possible that the system has a maximum quantity of RAM that it can accept.) Use Crucial’s Memory Advisor to determine if adding more RAM is possible (opens in new tab). If you know the make and model of your laptop, you should be able to enter that information and see a screen detailing the maximal memory capacity and the number of slots your laptop can accommodate.
Laptop memory modules are also available for purchase through Crucial. Similar DIMMs are available from other manufacturers, though. Take careful note of the RAM speed and type required; this will typically be indicated as DDR2, DDR3, or DDR4 and a specific speed.
3. Open the Panel to Locate Your Memory Banks
Now that you have new memory, you may perform the very simple process of upgrading your laptop’s memory. Before doing anything further, power down your laptop and remove the charger.
Then, you need to access the RAM by removing the panel from the base of your laptop. (It may be necessary to detach the back side of the laptop to gain access to the ram and other components, although this varies from system to system.)
3. Ground Yourself to Avoid Electrostatic Discharge
You should feel any metal surfaces inside the computer before touching any of the components This will eliminate the risk of injury caused by static electricity by discharging it from your body.
4. Remove Memory if Necessary
In the event that all of your memory space slots are already occupied, you will need to remove the already installed DIMMs before installing new ones. Memory modules can be uninstalled by separating the clamps that keep them in place. You should see the memory module protrude at an obtuse angle. Carefully remove the memory module by lifting it up by its sides, avoiding the gold contacts at the bottom.
5. Install the New Memory Modules
The new modules should be inserted into the slots available at a 45 ° angle, with gold edges down. When sliding the modules into position, press evenly across the top of each one with your fingertips. When you hear and feel a click from a DIMM snapping into place, gently but firmly push back on the module until it is flush with the board and secure in its clips.
Well, that settles it. Turn on your laptop again and check the Operating System window or the Task Manager to make sure the new RAM has been installed successfully. Have fun with your improved recall.
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