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Old 20-05-2010
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Adding memory to your computer

Your computer will lag behind and you want to give it a boost? Add them to memory!

By increasing the RAM on your computer's hard drive, which is slower, be less stressed when you open multiple windows or tabs at the same time, when you manipulate large files when you launch your software when you play, etc. .

In the end, then you will reap improved performance of your computer and a greater working comfort. Whether to improve the performance of a desktop, a laptop or netbook, adding memory is accessible to everyone.

Just as a first step to check the type and characteristics of the memory used by your computer to see which modules you must buy (DDR, DDR2, DDR3 SO-DIMM, ...) and how much memory you can add. The number of memory connector on the laptop is indeed limited. The manufacturer is Crucial to this analysis tool free online that will automatically give you this information.

Then, by a simple trapdoor under your laptop and your netbook and directly into the housing of your computer, you can easily add your new module and extend the capacity of RAM your computer.

All you need to finally verify that the module is properly recognized by your computer and Windows.

Find memory compatible with your computer:

With the Crucial manufacturer's online scan tool, you can easily find the type of memory your computer's speed, but also the quantity that you can add.
  • So open Crucial site and click the Scan button on my system under Tools Crucial System Scanner.
  • Check the box By checking this box and clicking ... and click Scan my system.
  • In the dialog box that appears, click Run.
  • Allow the program to then make changes to your computer by clicking Yes.
  • Your browser is then open to a page showing the results of the analysis. The amount of memory installed, the type and number of free sites are listed. Here, two memory locations are present which is already used by a module 2GB
  • Information on the system manufacturer and model of motherboard are also shown.
  • Fill out the form with the information: the manufacturer of your computer or your motherboard in the case of a PC assembler, the range and the model name. Click Search.
  • The service presents you with the recommended memory module for your computer.
  • Below, the characteristics of your computer or your motherboard are shown. We learn here that the maximum amount of memory is 4GB
  • In our case, we have a site made by 2GB of memory, 1 free slot and 4 GB may not be exceeded. The 2GB module is therefore proposed.

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Old 20-05-2010
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Re: Adding memory to your computer

Windows, Linux and the limit of 3 GB:

Most operating systems like Windows or Linux are available in two versions: 32-bit and 64 bit. The difference between the two? The 32-bit Windows or Linux knows how to use a maximum between 3 and 3.5 GB of memory (depending on your device: graphics card, sound card ... which require a memory area).

The 64-bit version has virtually no limit (Family Premium Windows 7 handles for example up to 16GB of memory).

Note that to use a 64 bit system, only the processor must be compatible 64-bit. Currently, almost all processors on the market are 64-bit, 32-bit processors is at least anecdotal. The Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core i7, Core i5, i3 Core, or AMD Athlon 64 X2, AMD Phenom X2/X3/X4/X6 are all built on a 64-bit architecture.

If you have a 32bit system, so there is virtually no interest in going beyond 3 GB of memory.

If you want to go beyond, turn to a 64 bit system. Note that the box of Windows 7 offers two versions: 32 and 64 bit and you can install the one you want. Also, be aware that it is not possible to update a 32-bit Windows for 64-bit version. You will need to perform a full installation.

Adding memory to your Desktop:

Installing a new memory module in a computer is fairly simple and accessible to everyone. Here is how:
  • Shut down your computer.
  • Unplug all cables and open the box.
  • Locate the slots for memory cards.
  • Spread the lugs memory locations.
  • Insert the memory module in an open location (right next to one used), making sure to align the notches on the card with the connector. Keyed to two thirds of the bar and the connector allows you to put the card in the right direction.
  • Firmly press the memory module: the lugs just block the card. Make sure they are well adjusted.
  • Your memory modules are properly placed. Close the PC case and reconnect all cables.
  • Turn on your computer. From the start, the new strip and detected and the overall amount of memory your computer is updated.
  • Windows also recognizes the new amount of memory available.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows Experience Index should also be updated.
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Old 20-05-2010
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Re: Adding memory to your computer

Add memory to your laptop:

To add your new memory module in your laptop, it's very simple.
  • Turn off your first laptop, unplug it and remove the battery.
  • Turn your computer.
  • Using a small screwdriver, remove the screws from the plate called RAM, or CM. Please consult the documentation for your computer to know where the memory modules.
  • If you replace a memory module, spread carefully and clamps at each end of the connector of the memory module until the module so. Then remove the module from the connector.
  • Then install the new memory module. Align the notch on the edge of the module with the guide pin located in the connector slot. Slide the module firmly into the slot at an angle of 45 degrees, then slide it down until you hear click.
  • Then store the cache memory and screws. Insert the battery in its bay, connect the adapter to your computer and restart your computer.
  • At startup, the computer detects the additional memory and automatically updates the system configuration information. Press any key (F1 in our case) to continue booting.
  • To check the amount of memory installed, click the right mouse button on the My Computer icon on the desktop and choose the Properties command.
  • In the window that appears, the amount of memory recognized by Windows is displayed.
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Old 20-05-2010
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Re: Adding memory to your computer

Add memory to its netbook:

Installing the new memory module is very simple and will take about ten minutes. At first, you must remove the memory module already installed, which occupies this unique position in the netbook.
  • Shut down your Netbook.
  • Unplug it and disconnect all USB devices connected to it.
  • Close it and return it.
  • Locate the small door giving access to memory. This usually involves a small token of memory or memory includes an indication.
  • Remove the screws using a small screwdriver.
  • Remove the lid of the trap. The memory module appears.
  • Remove the clips at both ends of the memory module.
  • It rises.
  • Carefully remove the memory module.
  • Now that the site is free, you can install your new memory module. Take your new memory module.
  • Introduce him to his location, taking care to coding.
  • Push the memory module, while leaving the ramp.
  • Then press on down.
  • The mounting clips on the ends are then slipped into their sockets and lock the memory module.
  • Replace the lid and close it with its screw.
  • Turn your netbook, open it and start it. Note that you can reconnect if the battery is not charged enough.
  • The netbook starts normally.
  • Go to System Properties (right click on My Computer then Properties command). The 2 GB of RAM are well recognized.
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