When you’re trying to boost the speed of your laptop, few things will work better than adding some extra RAM. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by the process of buying and installing memory modules and instead convince themselves to buy a whole new laptop just to see a small performance increase. If you’ve been wanting to add some more RAM to your laptop but have been hesitant to get started, follow these five simple steps and you’ll have everything covered:
1. Determine if Your Computer Would Benefit From Additional RAM
To find out if your computer’s memory is overburdened you can launch the Windows Task Manager and then select the Performance tab to see what percentage of your available RAM is being utilised at any given time. This module will also show you how many memory slots your PC has open or in use, so you’ll know how much you can add. A more detailed view can be brought up by navigating to the memory tab in the Resource Monitor. Online memory suppliers like offtek.co.uk also provide detailed guides on how to determine the type of RAM you need to perform an upgrade.
2. Find Out What Kind of Memory You Need
Now that you know you’ll benefit from more memory, it’s time to find out what kind of RAM chips your computer is compatible with. This information can typically be found in the owner’s manual or on the manufacturer’s support site. There are also third-party programs like CPUz that can scan your machine to find out what type of RAM it uses.
3. Open Your Laptop’s Panel and Locate the Memory Banks
Once you’ve obtained the appropriate memory chips for your laptop, it’s time to remove the rear panel and locate the memory slots. You can use the owner’s manual for instruction or see if you can find a video of the process on YouTube – many people find the latter option to be easier to follow and more convenient.
4. Remove Existing Memory Chips from Slots
Most laptops have the existing RAM installed in the upper slot, so it will get in the way of installing your new RAM chip. Thus, you’ll need to remove the old RAM chip from the upper slot by pushing apart the clips that hold it in place and sliding it out without touching any of the gold connectors.
5. Install Old RAM in Bottom Slot Then Put New RAM in Upper Slot
Take the old RAM chip that you just took out of the upper slot and install it in the bottom slot at a 45-degree angle with the gold facing down. Repeat this process to install the new RAM in the upper slot. Be sure to apply gradual and even pressure with both fingers until the module is level and snaps into place.
Safety Precautions and Extra Tips
Always make sure you’re grounded and discharge any static electricity by touching something metal (i.e. – a metal radiator) before getting started. If you fail to take this precaution you could send a shock to one of the machine’s chips and cause damage in the process. Also, keep track of the tiny screws for the laptop case while taking it apart, and always follow the instructions in your device’s owner’s manual thoroughly.