How to Insert a SIM Card and Memory Card into a Motorola Moto G5 Plus Smartphone – Tutorial

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Which Memory Card do I need for my Motorola Moto G5 Plus Smartphone?

Make sure you purchase the right Memory Card for your Smartphone. Your Motorola Moto G5 Plus built-in memory is usually 32 GB or 64GB, depending on the model. Users who demand more memory from their Phone can install an external microSDHC (High-Capacity) or MicroSDXC (eXtended-Capacity) memory card with a maximum capacity of 128 GB.

When you insert an SD card for the first time, you can choose to either use the card as Portable Storage or Internal Storage.

A. Portable Storage
Select this mode if you frequently swap your SD card between devices, use your SD card for media storage (such as pictures, movies, music) only. Only pictures and media can be stored on the card. Downloaded applications, their data, is always internal. They CAN NOT be moved to the card. The card is readable by other devices. Content on the card is not encrypted by default.

For the Portable Storage mode, you need at least a Class 2, 4, 6 or 10 card. A popular memory card for this mode is for example: Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter (MB-MP32DA/AM) and SanDisk Ultra 16GB Ultra Micro SDHC UHS-I/Class 10 Card with Adapter.

B. Internal Storage
Select this mode if you want to completely extend your device storage with the card, and need the card to store large applications, games, and their data. The SD card can become your device primary storage. Downloaded applications, their data and media CAN be moved to the card. The card is not readable by other devices. The card is always encrypted, and can not be decrypted on any other device.

For the Internal Storage mode a high-speed card (UHS-1) is strongly recommended. Class 4 and Class 2 micro SD cards are NOT recommended for adopted internal storage usage. The performance of these cards is typically 10x slower than internal storage performance. High speed card are identified by these logos:

A popular memory card for this mode is for example: SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter.

Many microSD Cards come with an SD Card adapter for compatibility with SD-enabled devices, such as cameras, camcorders and (notebook) computers. Memory cards usually come pre-formatted and do not need to be formatted out of the box. MicroSDHC/MicroSDXC host devices are required to accept older MicroSD cards.

If you insert a card formatted with an unsupported file structure, your Motorola Moto G5 Plus will ask you to reformat the memory card. Formatting your memory card on a PC may cause incompatibilities with your device. It’s recommended to format the memory card only on the device.

We recommend storing multimedia files (such as music, videos and pictures) on an external memory card in your device to free up your device’s internal memory for applications. Plus, if you buy a new Smartphone, you can simply swap your memory card between your old phone and your new device and all your data is back immediately.

Which SIM Card do I need for my Motorola Moto G5 Plus Smartphone?

Make sure you use the correct size SIM card. Depending on the model of smartphone, there are three sizes of SIM card that can potentially be used in a phone: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. The three SIM card types work in exactly the same way from a technical perspective. They just differ in the amount of plastic housing that surrounds the metallic chip. The Combi SIM is a Micro SIM card within a Standard SIM-sized unit, so if you need the smaller size of card you simply break the additional plastic away from around the Micro SIM card. This type of card allows networks to cater for more phone users with a single card. Most of the pay-as-you-go SIM cards you buy from convenience stores operate under this format as they’re more useful to more users.

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If your SIM card is too big for your phone’s SIM card slot, a bit of DIY can come to the rescue. While you need to be very careful, you can turn a Standard SIM into a Micro or Nano SIM simply by trimming it. This can save you getting a new SIM when you upgrade phones to a model which uses a different card standard. There are a host of tutorials you can follow online and on YouTube, but do so at your own risk – if you damage the chip, the SIM won’t work at all. Motorola does NOT recommend cutting the card.

The Motorola Moto G5 Plus only accepts Nano-SIM Cards!

There is a single-SIM and dual-SIM version of the Motorola Moto G5 Plus. The US version of the Moto G5 Plus is Single-SIM only and does NOT support Dual-SIM.

Insert a SIM Card and memory card

1. Turn off the power so that you won’t lose any stored information. If the device is on, press and hold the Power button. Tap Power off to turn off the phone.

2. With the phone facing down, insert the SIM tool into the tray hole to pop out the tray. Some force may be needed. Just push the tool inward. By pushing the SIM tool inward the tray is unlocked and pops out.

3. Pull the tray out and away from the device. Do so gently, since both the SIM card and its tray are fragile.

A. Singe-SIM (US) Version
3. Put in the SIM card with the gold contacts facing UP. Because of the indentation on the card, you should only be able to place the card in the tray in one way. Push down on the card down until it’s fixed in the plastic of the tray.
4. Turn the tray and put in an optional microSD card in the tray’s back (marked with SD) with the contacts facing DOWN. Push down on the card it’s fixed in the plastic of the tray.

B. Dual-SIM Version
3. Put in the SIM card with the gold contacts facing UP in the LEFT side of the tray marked with SIM. Because of the indentation on the cards, you should only be able to place the cards in the tray in one way. Push down on the card untill it’s fixed in the plastic of the tray.

3b. Put in an optional second SIM card with the gold contacts facing UP in the RIGHT side of the tray marked with SIM. Because of the indentation on the cards, you should only be able to place the cards in the tray in one way. Push down on the card with with your thumb untill it’s fixed in the plastic of the tray.
4. Turn the tray around and put in an optional microSD card in the tray’s back (marked with SD) with the contacts facing DOWN. Push down on the card untill it’s fixed in the plastic of the tray.

5. Push the tray back into your phone. The SIM card is at the back, the microSD card is on top.

6. Press and hold the Power button. Doing so will turn your Moto back on.
7. Check if your microSD card is recognized by the device. The name of your card should be visible in the Storage section of the Options menu. It’s displayed at the bottom under Portable storage.

8. Check if your SIM card is recognized by the device. The name of your carrier should be visible in the SIM cards section of the Options menu.

Remove a SIM Card or Memory Card from your Motorola Moto G5 Plus

1. Before removing the microSD card, first unmount (eject) it for safe removal. This will tell the phone to stop communicating or transferring information from the memory card to the device, or vise versa from the phone to the memory card, and allow you to remove your memory card safely. Go to Settings > tap Storage. Scroll down to Portable storage and tap the Eject button. The eject button is the little triangle at the right of the name of your microSD card.

2. Turn off the power so that you won’t lose any stored information. If the device is on, press and hold the Power button. Tap Power off to turn off the phone.

If you do not unmount your SD card or power off the phone before removing your memory card then you can corrupt any files that might have been transferring when you removed the card and run the risk of damaging the memory card.

3. With the phone facing down, insert the SIM tool into the tray hole to pop out the tray. Some force may be needed. Just push the tool inward. By pushing the SIM tool inward the tray is unlocked and pops out.

4. Pull the tray out and away from the device. Do so gently, since both the SIM card and its tray are fragile.

5. Remove the SIM card or memory card from the tray. Make sure to store it safely as it’s small and easy to lose.

How to Remove a Memory Card from your Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop – Tutorial

Read more: How to Insert a Memory Card in your Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop – Tutorial

The Medion AKOYA S2217 is a great social-TV laptop for the sofa, an excellent holiday laptop and could even serve as a kids homework PC although please note that there’s no free Office 365 license included. The base model however only has 32 GB of internal storage, which makes it a poor choice for storing multimedia files, such as music, videos and pictures. There’s also a 64 GB version of the same model available. Windows 10 (32-bit) uses at least 16 GB of the SSD. We recommend storing multimedia files on an external memory card in your device to free up your device’s internal memory for applications. Plus, if you buy a new laptop, you can simply put your external memory card in your new device and all your private data is back immediately.

Which Memory Card do I need for my Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop laptop?

Make sure you purchase the right memory card for your laptop. While many laptops have an SD card reader, the Medion AKOYA S2217 is a small 11.6 inch laptop which comes with a microSDHC card reader/writer. A microSD card or microSDHC (High-Capacity) memory card is the same type of card usually used for smartphones. Many micro SD Cards come with an SD card adapter for compatibility with SD-enabled devices, such as cameras, camcorders and computers. Memory cards usually come pre-formatted and do not need to be formatted out of the box. The slot is at the outside of the device, at the left side (near the Caps Lock key).

Make also sure you purchase a fast memory card. The SD Association defines standard speed classes indicating minimum performance to record video. The class indicates the minimum writing speed: Class 2 = 2 MB/s, Class 4 = 4 MB/s, Class 6 = 6 MB/s, Class 10 = 10 MB/s. A fast Class 10 card is recommended. A class 10 card will play video files on the Medion AKOYA S2217 fine. SDHC cards are usually shipped preformatted with the FAT file system and will work out of the box.

Popular memory cards for this laptop include, but are not limited to: SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging and Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter.

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Remove a Memory Card

1. Before removing a memory card, first eject it for safe removal.
You should be able to eject external devices from the arrow in the taskbar on the right side of the screen. Ejecting the memory card before removing it, is strongly recommended. It’s to ensure that nothing is being written to the memory card. Remove a card without first stopping it can result in data corruption. Even if the card reader doesn’t appear to be in-use, it may still be in-use. A program in the background or a cache may be writing to the drive. To eject your memory card from your Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop:
– Click on the upwards arrow left from the battery icon.
– Click on the black USB flash drive icon.
– Click Eject Generic 00000 SD Card or something similar.
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2. Locate the memory card slot. It’s at the outside of the device, at the left side (near the Caps Lock key).
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3. Use your finger and fingernail to push the microSD card into the socket to release the safety catch. Push it in as far as it will go. You hear a slight “click“, which means the card is in its unlocked position.
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4. Pull the memory card out of the memory card slot. You removable drive (D:) is now gone.
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How to Insert a Memory Card in your Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop – Tutorial

Read more: How to Remove a Memory Card from your Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop – Tutorial

The Medion AKOYA S2217 is a great social-TV laptop for the sofa, an excellent holiday laptop and could even serve as a kids homework PC although please note that there’s no free Office 365 license included. The base model however only has 32 GB of internal storage, which makes it a poor choice for storing multimedia files, such as music, videos and pictures. There’s also a 64 GB version of the same model available. Windows 10 (32-bit) uses at least 16 GB of the SSD. We recommend storing multimedia files on an external memory card in your device to free up your device’s internal memory for applications. Plus, if you buy a new laptop, you can simply put your external memory card in your new device and all your private data is back immediately.

Which Memory Card do I need for my Medion AKOYA S2217 Laptop laptop?

Make sure you purchase the right memory card for your laptop. While many laptops have an SD card reader, the Medion AKOYA S2217 is a small 11.6 inch laptop which comes with a microSDHC card reader/writer. A microSD card or microSDHC (High-Capacity) memory card is the same type of card usually used for smartphones. Many micro SD Cards come with an SD card adapter for compatibility with SD-enabled devices, such as cameras, camcorders and computers. Memory cards usually come pre-formatted and do not need to be formatted out of the box. The slot is at the outside of the device, at the left side (near the Caps Lock key).

Make also sure you purchase a fast memory card. The SD Association defines standard speed classes indicating minimum performance to record video. The class indicates the minimum writing speed: Class 2 = 2 MB/s, Class 4 = 4 MB/s, Class 6 = 6 MB/s, Class 10 = 10 MB/s. A fast Class 10 card is recommended. A class 10 card will play video files on the Medion AKOYA S2217 fine. SDHC cards are usually shipped preformatted with the FAT file system and will work out of the box.

Popular memory cards for this laptop include, but are not limited to: SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging and Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter.

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Insert a Memory Card

1. The slot is at the outside of the device, at the left side (near the Caps Lock key). Use your finger and fingernail to insert the memory card with the gold-colored contacts facing downwards. It should fit easily and exactly. Slide the card in as far as it will go. You hear a slight “click”, which means the card is in its locked position.
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2. Move your finger away from the device.
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3. In Windows 10, a small information box appears, sliding in and out on the right side of the screen: ESD-USB (D:) Tap to choose what happens with removable drives. This means your card is installed correctly and is automatically mounted by Windows. Your new removable drive is now also visible in Windows File Explorer / My Computer like any other drive.
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How to Insert, Remove or Replace a Memory Card in your ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 3(4) (4013D) – Tutorial

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Which Memory Card do I need for my ALCATEL ONETOUCH PIXI 3(4) Smartphone?

Make sure you purchase the right Memory Card for your smartphone. The base model of the OneTouch Pixi 3 4.0 has 4 GB of internal storage, which makes it a poor choice for storing multimedia. Users who demand more memory from their smartphone can install an external microSD or microSDHC (High-Capacity) memory card with a maximum capacity of 32 GB. Many micro SD Cards come with an SD Card adapter for compatibility with SD-enabled devices, such as cameras, camcorders and (notebook) computers. Memory cards usually come pre-formatted and do not need to be formatted out of the box.

We recommend storing multimedia files (such as music, videos and pictures) on an external memory card in your device to free up your device’s internal memory for applications. Plus, if you buy a new smartphone, you can simply put your external memory card in your new phone and all your data is back immediately.

The SD Association defines standard speed classes indicating minimum performance to record video. The class indicates the minimum writing speed: Class 2 = 2 MB/s, Class 4 = 4 MB/s, Class 6 = 6 MB/s, Class 10 = 10 MB/s.

SDHC cards are usually shipped preformatted with the FAT file system. Android devices normally only support the FAT file structure. If you insert a card formatted with a different file structure, your device might ask you to reformat the memory card. Formatting your memory card on a PC may cause incompatibilities with your device. Format the memory card only on the device. Go to Settings > Storage > Scroll down > Format SD card > Format SD card > Delete all.

Popular memory cards for this smartphone include, but are not limited to: Kingston Digital 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter and SanDisk 32GB Class 4 Micro SDHC Memory Card With Adapter.

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A. Insert a Memory Card

1. Turn off the power so that you won’t lose any stored information. If the device is on, press and hold the power button on the right side of the device and then tap Power off.
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2. Remove the back cover. Hold the device in one hand and find the small notch that will help you to release the cover. It’s on the the bottom-left corner of the phone. Insert a fingernail into the notch. Lift upwards gently to pop the phone open. Working from the bottom-left corner to the bottom-right corner and then lifting the back cover upwards seems to work well. Be careful not to damage your fingernails when you remove the back cover. Also, be certain not to bend or twist the back cover excessively. Doing so may damage the cover.
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3. Remove the battery. Using your nail or finger, lift up the battery via the small notch at the top of the battery compartment and lift the battery out of the phone.
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4. The Memory Card Slot is on the top-left corner of the battery compartment (near the camera lens). First open the metal clip by putting a fingernail at the right side of the clip. Slide the clip to the left until it clicks and then lift it up to open it.
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5. Insert a memory card with the gold-coloured contacts facing downwards. It should fit easily and exactly.
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6. Close the metal clip. Push it down first and slide the clip to the right until it clicks.
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7. Reinstall the battery by aligning the three contacts with the three prongs on the bottom-right side of the battery slot. Use the small white arrow for help. Slide the battery into the battery housing cavity and press down to secure it in place.
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8. Replace the back cover. Line up the two holes above the Pixi logo with the rear camera lens and the flash. Gently press the cover down and around the sides of the phone until it clicks into place.
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B. Remove a Memory Card

1. Before removing a memory card, first unmount it for safe removal.
Go to Settings > Storage > Scroll down > Unmount SD card.
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2. Turn off the power so that you won’t lose any stored information. If the device is on, press and hold the power button on the right side of the device and then tap Power off.
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3. Remove the back cover. Follow the instructions above to remove the cover.
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4. Remove the battery. Follow the instructions above to remove the battery.
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5. The Memory Card Slot is on the top-left corner of the battery compartment (near the camera lens). First open the metal clip by putting a fingernail at the right side of the clip. Slide the clip to the left until it clicks and then lift it up to open it.
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6. Pull the memory card out of the memory card slot.
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7. Close the metal clip. Push it down first and slide the clip to the right until it clicks.
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8. Reinstall the battery. Follow the instructions above to replace the battery.
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9. Snap the cover back in place. Follow the instructions above to replace the cover.
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How to Upgrade the RAM Memory in your laptop | Edition 2016

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One of the frustrating things about owning a laptop is that, sooner or later, it can’t keep up with the demands of your software. But there’s some good news: you can help your laptop keep up with the times by upgrading its Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM helps your computer run applications. Your computer stores temporary information within the memory cells and refers to the data as it runs applications. When a computer runs short of RAM, it’s forced to swap the overflow data on and off of the hard drive, which can significantly slow performance. Chances are your laptop has plenty of capacity for more RAM. It will likely speed things up, and it’s easier to install than an SSD, which requires you to move your operating system and other files. While installing additional or all-new memory is not terribly complicated, even for a beginner geek, buying the proper memory can be a frustrating challenge.

Will extra RAM make my laptop faster?
Additional memory will not necessarily increase the performance of your computer. It will allow you to run more programs or processes at once or more memory intensive programs. There may be a performance increase if the original amount of memory installed was close to insufficient for the programs and processes you use the computer for. If you use Google Chrome for example, you might have noticed just how much RAM the browser tends to eat up. Currently Chrome creates a new process for each tab and instance of the browser opened. This can make the browser sluggish on some machines and a battery life nightmare for mobile users. Extra RAM might help here.

Does RAM affect how fast the laptop starts up?
The capacity and speed of your computer’s system memory, or RAM, can have a noticeable effect on your laptop start-up speed. Faster RAM can improve communication speed with the processor and decrease load times. Also, having enough RAM capacity to load the entire operating system and all start-up programs will improve load times. However, as long as you have enough RAM, it is not what’s going to have the biggest impact in laptop start-up time. The processor and motherboard can handle the data load without a problem, but the hard drive slows down the show. The hard drive is not as fast as the RAM or the CPU.

1. Alternative ways to make your laptop run faster
Make sure that increasing your laptop’s RAM is what you need. Before you spend money on extra RAM, you may find it only takes a few simple tweaks to make your computer run faster:

First, your software should be perfect:

  • Remove all viruses
  • Remove all spyware
  • Remove all unnecessary software and files
  • Clean your PC (use CCleaner for example)
  • Update Windows
  • Update Software
  • Update drivers
  • Clean your register
  • Defrag your register

  • Now restart your laptop and check your hardware:

  • Defrag your harddrive
  • Check if you have sufficient disk space left
  • Check if you have sufficient memory (RAM). Go to step 2.

  • Making your laptop faster without buying new RAM is outside the scope of this tutorial, but here are some resources:

    2. Do I need more RAM?
    To find out if your laptop pc might need more RAM, right-click the Task Bar and select Task Manager. Click the Performance Tab: In the lower-left corner, you’ll see how much RAM is in use. If, under normal use, the Available option is less than 25 percent of the total, an upgrade may do you some good.
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    Upgrading RAM
    So, after performing step 1 and 2, you’re now convinced you need some more horsepower. The first step to upgrading your RAM involves gathering a little information. You are probably wondering what type of memory is already installed, how many open slots you have, and what you need to buy for an upgrade.

    3. Find out how much RAM your laptop computer has
    First, you need to know how much RAM your computer has already. To do that, you point your cursor to the My Computer icon on your desktop, right-click, and choose Properties. In the System Properties window, the system will list Installed memory (RAM) with the total amount detected. For example, in the picture below there is 8 GB of memory installed in the computer.
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    Let Crucial decide
    Memory manufacturer Crucial has put together an amazing website, combined with an optional system scanner tool that will detect the memory already installed in your laptop. Crucial is a retailer. They’ll give you various upgrade options. You have the choice of buying from them, or using that information to shop elsewhere. On Crucial’s homepage, there’s two options:

    4. Using Crucial’s website
    If you’ve already figured out the memory you have installed, you can use the drop-down menus on the left to select your system. They will give you some great information about what your laptop can support, along with a list of questions and answers.
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    5. Using the Crucial System Scanner
    When you download and run the scanner program, it will display its results in your browser. Those results will tell you how many slots you have, how many are empty, and what’s in the ones that aren’t. The results will also tell you what type you need to buy.
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    That’s all! > Now go to step 11.

    DIY; make your own decisions.
    Crucial’s Memory Advisor is extremely useful to figure out what you need. However, there are many ways to skin a cat. You can also follow these more advanced steps to figure out what you need for your system:

    6. Inspect your hardware
    The first option is to open your laptop’s RAM access door and remove the existing RAM so that you can inspect it and see how many empty memory slots you have in your system. While this sounds like the harder option, it’s a good way to learn about the SODIMMs and slots in your computer.

    IMPORTANT

    • Before you take things apart, make sure to shut down and turn off the computer AND remove the power cable!
    • Disconnect all external devices attached to the laptop (like printers, flash drives, and headsets).
    • Remove the battery. This will prevent you from accidentally shorting anything on the system board during this process. Pull the two battery latches outwards, then remove the battery.
    • Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.
    • Ground yourself before handling the RAM to avoid electrostatic discharge. Touch some grounded metal (like a tap) first.
    • Try to not touch the contacts on the RAM.

    Now you’ll need to find the memory compartment door. Different manufacturers put these slots in different places, but on most laptops, you’ll find a small door on the underside of the machine. Using the appropriate screwdriver, open the door and take a look inside. You can remove a RAM module by pressing on the little ejector clips that hold the module in place. Putting the stick back is fairly straightforward — it should just slide into place and, once you give it a little push, it’ll lock down with the help of the clips. Again, your experience may be different depending on the company that made your computer, so make sure to check your owner’s manual or support Web site before you start opening your laptop’s RAM access door.

    Go to step 12 for detailed and illustrated instructions.

    When you do NOT want to open your laptop’s memory compartment door in this stage to inspect the slots and memory sticks, there are alternative ways to determine you memory upgrade needs:

    7. Using CPU-Z
    CPU-Z is a freeware system profiling and monitoring application that detects the central processing unit, RAM, motherboard chipset, and other hardware features of a modern personal computer.
    a. Download and run CPU-Z
    b. Click the SPD tab.
    c. Click the down arrow next to Slot # to view how many memory slots are in your laptop.
    d. View the information for each memory slot to see if it is occupied and by what type and amount of memory if it is. This lets you know which memory slots are in use in your computer.
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    e. Click the Memory tab to see the actual speed and timings your RAM is running.
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    8. Using Speccy
    Speccy, developed by the creators of CCleaner is avery useful free application should be a standard in any geek’s toolkit. It comes bundled as a single file, no installation required, assuming you download the portable version. They also have a paid version with more features. You can immediately see the type of RAM you have installed.
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    9. Other Options

    • You can usually find the specs for your laptop online and figure out what memory types your computer takes. Use Google and search for “[your modelnumber] specs”. Note that this is not the most reliable method of finding information about your laptop’s hardware. Many laptop manufacturers provide a type of model name near the laptop keyboard or screen, but this name or number might not be sufficient to obtain support for your computer. These names or numbers often represent a series of many laptop computers that look similar, but have different options, parts, or configurations.
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    • You can use some of the other memory advisors, like Kingston Memory Search or PNY.
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    • Pull out the manual for your laptop computer, and take a look at your receipts to figure out what you bought last time.

    10. How Much Memory Do You Need?
    At this point you have a couple of decisions to make. How much more memory do you want to add? If you just want to double your memory, and you have a SODIMM slot available, then all you need to do is purchase another, identical stick (or module) of RAM. If you want to add more than that, then you have to find a memory module with a higher RAM capacity. If all of your SODIMM slots are filled, then you will have to replace the current memory modules you have with modules with a higher RAM capacity. For instance, if you have only two slots, and both are filled with two 256 MB memory modules, you will have to replace both with, say, two 1 GB modules.

    OS Limitations
    In the case of Microsoft Windows, the basic versions of the operating systems put software limitations on the amount of RAM that can be used by applications, but even in the ultimate and professional version of the operating system, 4 GB is the maximum usable memory the 32-bit version can handle. There’s theoretically no currently reachable upper limit on the amount of RAM addressable in PCs with 64-bit operating systems, though in practical terms 16 GB is going to be the max for most people. Chances are that most laptops manufactured today will be able to handle 8 GB, but it’s best to check to be sure.

    Speeking of 2015, the baseline for RAM in a laptop is 4 GB; that’s how much you can expect from a budget model, and it’ll just about do the job — just don’t expect to be running high-intensity programs or to have several applications open at the same time without performance taking a hit. Something to keep in mind as Black Friday deals roll around. Some “doorbuster” laptops will have only 2GB of RAM, and that’s just not enough. 6 GB is closer to the current norm, and it’ll be enough to keep your computer fresh for the immediate future. For gamers wanting to keep up with new releases, or if you need access to hardware-intensive programs like video editing software, then it’s worth having 8 or even 16 GB of RAM at your disposal. If in doubt, add more RAM. If the RAM you have installed on your computer is less than what you need, don’t fret — these days, a RAM upgrade can be quite inexpensive, and the component itself is relatively easy to install.

    11. What Kind of Memory Do You Need?
    Laptop computers require Non-ECC Unbuffered (Non-Registered) SODIMMs. The module size is physically about half as long as desktop memory. The most common technologies are DDR2 (200 pins) and DDR3 (204 pins). Outdated models you may still come across are DDR(1) and SDRAM. Each type is physically and electrically incompatible, keyed notches prevent installing the wrong type of memory. In general, DDR2 or DDR3 isn’t going to matter in terms of capacities. DDR3 is faster and more energy efficient, but not inherently capable of greater capacities than DDR3. When installing RAM be sure you place them in pairs which allows them to run at optimal capacity. Installing in pairs means to place the pairs of RAM in slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4.

    Memory speeds and compatability
    Memory is designed to be backward-compatible, so generally speaking, you can safely add faster memory to a laptop that was designed to run slower memory. However, your system will operate at the speed of the slowest memory module.

    Dual Channel Mode
    Modules rated at different speeds can be run in dual-channel mode, although the motherboard will then run all memory modules at the speed of the slowest module. Some motherboards, however, have compatibility issues with certain brands or models of memory when attempting to use them in dual-channel mode. For this reason, it is generally advised to use identical pairs of memory modules, which is why most memory manufacturers now sell “kits” of matched-pair DIMMs. Several motherboard manufacturers only support configurations where a “matched pair” of modules are used.

    RAMs Best Practice (oldschool but still applies):
    a. Least ammount of modules
    b. Most matched modules

    Bandwidth vs. clock speed.
    The “official” name for DDR memory is based on its bandwidth rather than clock speed. The easy method to convert data rate to bandwidth is to multiply by eight. Thus, DDR-400 is called PC-3200; DDR2-800 is called PC2-6400 and DDR3-1600 is called PC3-12800.

    12. Where to purchase Memory (RAM)?
    Next, you’ll need to purchase the RAM. Paying a few dollars more to buy RAM from a reliable manufacturer like Crucial, Kingston, and Corsair might be worthwhile, as RAM quality isn’t the place to save a few bucks. You can buy RAM directly online from the manufacturer, although you might get a better price elsewhere and manufacturers like Crucial and Kingston have good relations with their selected retailers. There are numerous online and physical shops to purchase your RAM sticks from, however a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Each of the big stores does have its own advantages and disadvantages, so here are some of our favourite places to buy:

    • From our own (affiliate) traffic analyses, Amazon is – not surprisingly – by far the most popular place to buy RAM from. Amazon is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States and has separate retail websites in other countries. Amazon also offers international shipping to certain other countries for some of its products. They offer free US Shipping on orders over $35. Prices are usually similar or cheaper to other stores, and with Amazon Prime (which is well worth the price), shipping is faster and cheaper too. Their return policy is also great and their website is super easy to navigate. You can purchase RAM from Amazon directly or use Amazon’s website to buy your memory sticks from third-party sellers. Third-party sellers are independent sellers who offer a variety of new, used, refurbished, and collectible merchandise.
    • Newegg.com has a solid selection and an amazing search engine. If you don’t know what product you want but you know what specs you want, their power search will find anything that matches your specifications. They also have a multitude of reviews from experienced builders that’ll really help you get something worthwhile.
    • If you don’t like Newegg, TigerDirect.com is similar in selection, but without the super powerful search. They also sell their RAM on Amazon: TigerDirect, Inc. RAM Section on Amazon .
    • It’s worth mentioning a real-world store (you know, a shop you have to walk into and buy at the counter). Micro Center in particular is a great store, since they often have attractive deals. You can’t always get these deals on their web site; their whole idea is that deals get you into the store to buy more stuff. Micro Center has 25 Locations Nationwide.
    • 13. Installing your Laptop RAM (Memory) SODIMM Stick

      IMPORTANT

      • Before you take things apart, make sure to shut down and turn off the computer AND remove the power cable!
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      • Disconnect all external devices attached to the laptop (like printers, flash drives, and headsets).
      • Remove the battery. This will prevent you from accidentally shorting anything on the system board during this process. Pull the two battery latches outwards, then remove the battery.
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      • Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.
      • Ground yourself before handling the RAM to avoid electrostatic discharge. Touch some grounded metal (like a tap) first.
      • Try to not touch the contacts on the RAM.

      a. Turn the laptop upside down on a flat soft surface.

      b. Remove the screw that secures the compartment cover using a Precision Screwdriver Set for Laptops and Electronics .
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      c. Remove the compartment cover.
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      d. If you’re replacing RAM modules, you’ll need to remove the ones currently in your PC. Press outwards on the latches on both edges of the socket at the same time. Remove the SODIMM; it should pop right out. Be sure to save the old SODIMM for future use.
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      e. Most memory will be sold in a piece of hard, clear plastic. Gently remove the new module from the packaging by pressing on it from the plastic side. Avoid bending the module or applying too much force to the packaging. When you remove the SODIMM memory module from its packaging hold it by the edges, try not to touch the gold colored contacts as this can damage the memory.
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      f. Turn the module so the teeth are facing the SODIMM slot and the sticker is face down. It’s impossible to put the memory module in backwards thanks to the notches which “key” it with the slot. Insert the notched end of the SODIMM into the socket. This is important; you want to stick in the new memory module at a 45 degree angle. Press the SODIMM firmly, and pivot it until the clips snap into place.

      g. Push the memory module down so that it’s completely fixed and the metal retaining clips clasp into the grooves on either side of the module. If the memory does not fit easily, take it out and try again. If necessary, push the SODIMM module down, while puling the memory module latches outward. The module should usually be seated so that you don’t see any of the gold contacts.
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      h. Before you close your case, replace the battery. Just slide the battery into the system. The battery latches move inwards and fix the battery automatically.

      Test it.
      i. Turn your computer back on. The BIOS automatically detects the amount of memory in the system and configures CMOS accordingly during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) process. There is no hardware or software (including BIOS) setup required after the memory is installed. You should see the new amount of memory displayed on your start-up screens or in the properties for “My Computer”. Right click on the “My Computer” icon and select “properties”. The screen which appears should show approximately the new ammount of RAM. The memory capacity reported in Windows might be less than the actual capacity of memory. This is because BIOS or the onboard graphics uses a portion of memory or claims it for further use.

      If you don’t see approximately the new ammount of RAM in “My Computer”, reboot and press F2 repeatedly until you get to the BIOS screen. It will then see the right ammount of Gig.

      j. If everything works correctly, you are done and you can reinstall the memory compartment cover. If you have any problems, go to step 13 for troubleshooting tips.

      13. Troubleshooting. If you have trouble with your new RAM, check these things first. Check the power cords. Is everything plugged in properly? Check the module. Did both side tabs snap to hold the module firmly in place? Try removing the module and replacing it to make sure it is seated properly in the slot. If you’re still having difficulties with your RAM, check the Crucial FAQ section. You may find an easy solution for your problem.

      14: Close the memory compartment cover and fasten te screws.
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      Enjoy!

    How to Upgrade the RAM Memory in your PC | Edition 2016

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    One of the frustrating things about owning a computer is that, sooner or later, it can’t keep up with the demands of your software. But there’s some good news: you can help your computer keep up with the times by upgrading its Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM helps your computer run applications. Your computer stores temporary information within the memory cells and refers to the data as it runs applications. When a computer runs short of RAM, it’s forced to swap the overflow data on and off of the hard drive, which can significantly slow performance. Chances are your computer has plenty of capacity for more RAM. It will likely speed things up, and it’s easier to install than an SSD, which requires you to move your operating system and other files. While installing additional or all-new memory is not terribly complicated, even for a beginner geek, buying the proper memory can be a frustrating challenge.

    Will extra RAM make my PC faster?
    Additional memory will not necessarily increase the performance of your computer. It will allow you to run more programs or processes at once or more memory intensive programs. There may be a performance increase if the original amount of memory installed was close to insufficient for the programs and processes you use the computer for. If you use Google Chrome for example, you might have noticed just how much RAM the browser tends to eat up. Currently Chrome creates a new process for each tab and instance of the browser opened. This can make the browser sluggish on some machines and a battery life nightmare for mobile users. Extra RAM might help here.

    Does RAM affect how fast the PC starts up?
    The capacity and speed of your computer’s system memory, or RAM, can have a noticeable effect on your computer start-up speed. Faster RAM can improve communication speed with the processor and decrease load times. Also, having enough RAM capacity to load the entire operating system and all start-up programs will improve load times. However, as long as you have enough RAM, it is not what’s going to have the biggest impact in computer start-up time. The processor and motherboard can handle the data load without a problem, but the hard drive slows down the show. The hard drive is not as fast as the RAM or the CPU.

    1. Alternative ways to make your PC run faster
    Make sure that increasing your pc’s RAM is what you need. Before you spend money on extra RAM, you may find it only takes a few simple tweaks to make your computer run faster:

    First, your software should be perfect:

  • Remove all viruses
  • Remove all spyware
  • Remove all unnecessary software and files
  • Clean your PC (use CCleaner for example)
  • Update Windows
  • Update Software
  • Update drivers
  • Clean your register
  • Defrag your register

  • Now restart your laptop and check your hardware:

  • Defrag your harddrive
  • Check if you have sufficient disk space left
  • Check if you have sufficient memory (RAM). Go to step 2.

  • Making your pc faster without buying new RAM is outside the scope of this tutorial, but here are some good resources:

    2. Do I need more RAM?
    To find out if your pc might need more RAM, right-click the Task Bar and select Task Manager. Click the Performance Tab: In the lower-left corner, you’ll see how much RAM is in use. If, under normal use, the Available option is less than 25 percent of the total, an upgrade may do you some good.
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    Upgrading RAM
    So, after performing step 1 and 2, you’re now convinced you need some more horsepower. The first step to upgrading your RAM involves gathering a little information. You are probably wondering what type of memory is already installed, how many open slots you have, and what you need to buy for an upgrade.

    3. Find out how much RAM your computer has
    First, you need to know how much RAM your computer has already. To do that, you point your cursor to the My Computer icon on your desktop, right-click, and choose Properties. In the System Properties window, the system will list Installed memory (RAM) with the total amount detected. For example, in the picture below there is 8 GB of memory installed in the computer.
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    Let Crucial decide
    Memory manufacturer Crucial has put together an amazing website, combined with an optional system scanner tool that will detect the memory already installed in your computer. Crucial is a retailer. They’ll give you various upgrade options. You have the choice of buying from them, or using that information to shop elsewhere. On Crucial’s homepage, there’s two options:

    4. Using Crucial’s website
    If you’ve already figured out the memory you have installed, you can use the drop-down menus on the left to select your system. They will give you some great information about what your computer can support, along with a list of questions and answers.
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    5. Using the Crucial System Scanner
    When you download and run the scanner program, it will display its results in your browser. Those results will tell you how many slots you have, how many are empty, and what’s in the ones that aren’t. The results will also tell you what type you need to buy.
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    That’s all! > Now go to step 11.

    DIY; make your own decisions.
    Crucial’s Memory Advisor is extremely useful to figure out what you need. However, there are many ways to skin a cat. You can also follow these more advanced steps to figure out what you need for your system:

    6. Inspect your hardware
    The first option is to open your computer case up and remove the existing RAM so that you can inspect it and see how many empty memory slots you have in your system. While this sounds like the harder option, it’s the best way to learn about the hardware in your computer. By taking the time to do it yourself, you could save a lot of money in the future and save you from an expensive service call in the future.

    IMPORTANT

    • Before you take things apart, make sure to shut down and turn off the computer AND remove the power cable!
    • Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.
    • Ground yourself before handling the RAM to avoid electrostatic discharge. Touch some grounded metal (like a tap, or the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer’s frame) first.
    • Try to not touch the contacts on the RAM.

    Opening the case of your computer is an easy task, usually only requiring you to remove some screws from the back panel. Every motherboard is set up a bit differently, but the DIMM slots will be the smaller slots usually located next to the processor. The slots are usually easy to spot as the memory sticks are grouped closely together. The DIM sticks are usually long and thin, and rectangular in shape. In many cases, when you pop open the case you will discover only one or two of your RAM slots are actually being used. To remove the RAM, simply press down on the tabs located at either end of the slot, then physically pull the memory out. Personally I use chopsticks to push the tabs open. “Officially” you should NOT use any tools to open the tabs. If you damage the slot, it might cause an expensive repair.
    Go to step 12 for detailed and illustrated instructions.

    When you do NOT want to open your PC to inspect the slots and memory sticks, there are alternative ways to determine you memory upgrade needs:

    7. Using CPU-Z
    CPU-Z is a freeware system profiling and monitoring application that detects the central processing unit, RAM, motherboard chipset, and other hardware features of a modern personal computer.
    a. Download and run CPU-Z
    b. Click the SPD tab.
    c. Click the down arrow next to Slot # to view how many memory slots are in your computer.
    d. View the information for each memory slot to see if it is occupied and by what type and amount of memory if it is. This lets you know which memory slots are in use in your computer.
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    e. Click the Memory tab to see the actual speed and timings your RAM is running.
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    8. Using Speccy
    Speccy, developed by the creators of CCleaner is avery useful free application should be a standard in any geek’s toolkit. It comes bundled as a single file, no installation required, assuming you download the portable version. They also have a paid version with more features. You can immediately see the type of RAM you have installed.
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    9. Other Options

    • You can usually find the specs for your system online and figure out what memory types your computer takes. Use Google and search for “[your modelnumber] specs”. Note that this is not the most reliable method of finding information about your pc’s hardware. Many manufacturers provide a type of model name on the PC’s case, but this name or number might not be sufficient to obtain support for your computer. These names or numbers often represent a series of many computers that look similar, but have different options, parts, or configurations.
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    • You can use some of the other memory advisors, like Kingston Memory Search or PNY.
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    • Pull out the manual for your computer or motherboard, and take a look at your receipts to figure out what you bought last time.
    • If you built a computer with parts from an online retailer (like Newegg), you can look at your order history to re-order the exact same memory module if you know you have empty slots.

    10. How Much Memory Do You Need?
    At this point you have a couple of decisions to make. How much more memory do you want to add? If you just want to double your memory, and you have a DIMM slot available, then all you need to do is purchase another, identical stick (or module) of RAM. If you want to add more than that, then you have to find a memory module with a higher RAM capacity. If all of your DIMM slots are filled, then you will have to replace the current memory modules you have with modules with a higher RAM capacity. For instance, if you have only two slots, and both are filled with two 256 MB memory modules, you will have to replace both with, say, two 1 GB modules.

    OS Limitations
    In the case of Microsoft Windows, the basic versions of the operating systems put software limitations on the amount of RAM that can be used by applications, but even in the ultimate and professional version of the operating system, 4 GB is the maximum usable memory the 32-bit version can handle. There’s theoretically no currently reachable upper limit on the amount of RAM addressable in PCs with 64-bit operating systems, though in practical terms 24 GB is going to be the max for most people. Chances are that most PCs manufactured today will be able to handle 8 GB, but it’s best to check to be sure.

    Speeking of 2015, the baseline for RAM in a computer is 4 GB; that’s how much you can expect from a budget model, and it’ll just about do the job — just don’t expect to be running high-intensity programs or to have several applications open at the same time without performance taking a hit. 8 GB is closer to the current norm, and it’ll be enough to keep your computer fresh for the immediate future. For gamers wanting to keep up with new releases, or if you need access to hardware-intensive programs like video editing software, then it’s worth having 16 GB of RAM at your disposal. Anything beyond that is only really necessary for systems set-up for a particular purpose, or for users wanting to make sure their computer is as future-proof as possible. If in doubt, add more RAM. If the RAM you have installed on your computer is less than what you need, don’t fret — these days, a RAM upgrade can be quite inexpensive, and the component itself is relatively easy to install.

    11. What Kind of Memory Do You Need?
    Keep in mind that because of the way DIMMs are designed, you won’t be able to install one kind of memory stick in a slot meant for a different type. DDR will NOT fit in slots meant for DDR2, DDR3, DDR4 and so on. And SODIMM sticks (Laptop Memory) will NOT fit in slots designed for DIMs. And, in general, DDR2 or DDR3 isn’t going to matter in terms of capacities. DDR4 is faster and more energy efficient, but not inherently capable of greater capacities than DDR3. When installing RAM be sure you place them in pairs which allows them to run at optimal capacity. Installing in pairs means to place the pairs of RAM in slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4.

    Memory speeds and compatability
    Memory is designed to be backward-compatible, so generally speaking, you can safely add faster memory to a computer that was designed to run slower memory. However, your system will operate at the speed of the slowest memory module.

    Dual Channel Mode
    Modules rated at different speeds can be run in dual-channel mode, although the motherboard will then run all memory modules at the speed of the slowest module. Some motherboards, however, have compatibility issues with certain brands or models of memory when attempting to use them in dual-channel mode. For this reason, it is generally advised to use identical pairs of memory modules, which is why most memory manufacturers now sell “kits” of matched-pair DIMMs. Several motherboard manufacturers only support configurations where a “matched pair” of modules are used.

    RAMs Best Practice (oldschool but still applies):
    a. Least ammount of modules
    b. Most matched modules

    Bandwidth vs. clock speed.
    The “official” name for DDR memory is based on its bandwidth rather than clock speed. The easy method to convert data rate to bandwidth is to multiply by eight. Thus, DDR-400 is called PC-3200; DDR2-800 is called PC2-6400 and DDR3-1600 is called PC3-12800.

    UDIMM vs. DIM
    Registered (also called buffered) memory modules have a register between the DRAM modules and the system’s memory controller. They place less electrical load on the memory controller and allow single systems to remain stable with more memory modules than they would have otherwise. When compared with registered memory, conventional memory is usually referred to as unbuffered memory or unregistered memory. When manufactured as a dual in-line memory module (DIMM), a registered memory module is called an RDIMM, while unregistered memory is called UDIMM. Registered memory is often more expensive because of the lower number of units sold and additional circuitry required, so it is usually found only in applications where the need for scalability and robustness outweighs the need for a low price – for example, registered memory is usually used in servers. Usually the motherboard must match the memory type: registered memory will not work in a motherboard not designed for it, and vice versa. Some PCs will accept registered memory, but registered and unregistered memory cannot be mixed.

    12. Where to purchase Memory (RAM)?
    Next, you’ll need to purchase the RAM. Paying a few dollars more to buy RAM from a reliable manufacturer like Crucial, Kingston, and Corsair might be worthwhile, as RAM quality isn’t the place to save a few bucks. You can buy RAM directly online from the manufacturer, although you might get a better price elsewhere and manufacturers like Crucial and Kingston have good relations with their selected retailers. There are numerous online and physical shops to purchase your RAM sticks from, however a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Each of the big stores does have its own advantages and disadvantages, so here are some of our favourite places to buy:

    • From our own (affiliate) traffic analyses, Amazon is – not surprisingly – by far the most popular place to buy RAM from. Amazon is the largest Internet-based retailer in the United States and has separate retail websites in other countries. Amazon also offers international shipping to certain other countries for some of its products. They offer free US Shipping on orders over $35. Prices are usually similar or cheaper to other stores, and with Amazon Prime (which is well worth the price), shipping is faster and cheaper too. Their return policy is also great and their website is super easy to navigate. You can purchase RAM from Amazon directly or use Amazon’s website to buy your memory sticks from third-party sellers. Third-party sellers are independent sellers who offer a variety of new, used, refurbished, and collectible merchandise.
    • Newegg.com has a solid selection and an amazing search engine. If you don’t know what product you want but you know what specs you want, their power search will find anything that matches your specifications. They also have a multitude of reviews from experienced builders that’ll really help you get something worthwhile.
    • If you don’t like Newegg, TigerDirect.com is similar in selection, but without the super powerful search. They also sell their RAM on Amazon: TigerDirect, Inc. RAM Section on Amazon .
    • It’s worth mentioning a real-world store (you know, a shop you have to walk into and buy at the counter). Micro Center in particular is a great store, since they often have attractive deals. You can’t always get these deals on their web site; their whole idea is that deals get you into the store to buy more stuff. Micro Center has 25 Locations Nationwide.
    • 13. Installing your Desktop RAM (Memory) Stick

      IMPORTANT

      • Before you take things apart, make sure to shut down and turn off the computer AND remove the power cable!
      • Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.
      • Ground yourself before handling the RAM to avoid electrostatic discharge. Touch some grounded metal (like a tap, or the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer’s frame) first.
      • Try to not touch the contacts on the RAM.

      a. Open the case of your computer. This is an easy task, usually only requiring you to remove some screws from the back panel (though some computers have a latch which is pushed). When in doubt, consult your PC’s user manual.
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      b. Every motherboard is set up a bit differently, but the DIMM slots will be the smaller slots usually located next to the processor. The slots are usually easy to spot as the memory sticks are grouped closely together. The DIM sticks are usually long and thin and rectangular in shape. In many cases, when you pop open the case you will discover only one or two of your RAM slots are actually being used.
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      c. If you’re replacing RAM modules, you’ll need to remove the ones currently in your PC. To remove the RAM, push the two black or white tabs down to release the current memory, then physically pull the memory out. Personally I use chopsticks to push the tabs open. “Officially” you should NOT use any tools to open the tabs. If you damage the slot, it might cause an expensive repair.
      d. Next, take your new RAM out of its envelope. Be careful not to touch any of the metal connectors or circuitry on the module. Insert your new memory module(s). Align the notch(es) on the module with the notch(es) in the slot, and then press the module down until the clips on the slot snap into place. (It can take 20 to 30 pounds of pressure to install a module.) Fill the memory slots on your computer starting with the highest density (i.e. put the highest density module in bank 0).
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      d. Once the module(s) have been installed, replace the cover on your computer and reconnect the power cord. Installation is now complete.
      e. Turn your computer on and check your system’s RAM (step 3). If the updated information is correct, you’re set! If not, you may need to restart again:

      14. Troubleshooting. If you have trouble with your new RAM, check these things first. Check the power cords. Is everything plugged in properly? Check the module. Did both side tabs snap to hold the module firmly in place? Try removing the module and replacing it to make sure it is seated properly in the slot. If you’re still having difficulties with your RAM, check the Crucial FAQ section. You may find an easy solution for your problem.