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Performing RAM Upgrade? Consider these Helpful Tips

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Laptop computers are becoming more powerful, reliable, but inexpensive as their prices continue to drop down due to competition. Compared to bulky desktop computers, laptops are very portable, easy to carry, but overpower desktop computers in terms of processing speed. One of the major drawbacks of laptops over desktop is the difficulty of upgrading hardware specifications.

Laptops nowadays are developed with very good hardware specification like 1GB RAM, and a dual core processor. But it is not only the hardware continues to grow, also the applications running in your laptops also demand very sophisticated hardware specifications to run smoothly. Operating systems, online games among others also continue to demand more hardware resources and running these programs at the same time will probably ruin the performance of your laptop. Don't think you have your new and expensive laptop and you already have the best. Time comes you can't even multitask with your "expensive" laptop.

One way to solve this problem is to upgrade your laptop's memory (RAM) because RAM is responsible for storing instructions that your processor will process. Currently, many laptops are bundled with 1 GB memory capacity. Its size seems to be huge, but as you run more complicated software, or running multiple tasks at the same time, this memory capacity is definitely insufficient. Apart from obtaining extra memory capacity, upgrading your laptop's RAM could also improve processing speed, and increase support for multiple tasks running on the background.

Now the question would be, if you decided to upgrade your laptop RAM, how will you do it? Basically there are two possible ways; buying laptop RAM module and installing it on your own, or bringing your laptop to a computer shop and let a technician perform this very easy task for you (with an extra charge, of course!)

If you're confused on both ways, you may ask these questions to yourself:

Is installing laptop RAM upgrade on your own difficult?

The first thing you need to do is to know the level of difficulty of RAM installation. There are a lot of tutorials in the internet saying that RAM installation on laptops is an easy task and can be perform by those who have basic knowledge on computer hardware. If you don't have any background, but eager to learn, there are lots of tutorials in the internet about RAM installation. 

Is installing laptop RAM upgrade on your own will damage your laptop?

RAM module on laptops is found below your laptop, all you need is to unscrew the screw to open the module, remove the RAM card, then install the new RAM the way the old one was installed, screw back to lock the memory module. Check the BIOS if the RAM is already detected and successfully installed.

There's no need to worry about installing RAM module the wrong way simply because memory slots were made that there is only one order in which you can install your RAM. There's only one position in which it fits on the slot, so never force the RAM during installation. This could damage the memory slot, and even the laptop.
Also when installing RAM upgrade, do it on a flat surface like a top of a table where you can comfortably place your laptop to avoid damage to other laptop parts, particularly the display screen.

Our hands are also capable of producing static electricity that might damage your memory, so you need to discharge first before doing the installation. One simple discharge method is holding on to a piece of metal. More importantly, never hold memory on its

Most important of all, unplug your laptop to avoid risk of electric shock that will hurt you and damage your laptop. So installing laptop RAM upgrade on your own won't damage your laptop if you will be very careful in doing it.

Is installing laptop RAM upgrade on your own costly?

You can buy a new RAM for about $16 or more depending on the brand and capacity. Now if you bring your laptop on to a computer shop and let a technician install it, you pay for the RAM for $16 plus you pay for the service charge of about $10 and that's a total of $26. This means that doing RAM upgrade on your own could save you $10, plus you achieve the skills and experience on RAM installation.

Laptop RAM Upgrade Installation Tips

These tips will go to help you in your installation experience so just take your time reading to these tips before starting the installation process.

  • Read carefully the installation manual of your laptop for quick reference on where to find memory module, what kind of RAM your laptop is using (SDRAM, DDR1, DDR2, DDR3) this is very important to avoid buying a wrong memory module for your laptop.
  • Read tutorial carefully and try to understand every detail of the installation tutorials.
  • Work in a comfortable spacious place away from interference or stuffs like water. Accidents might happen if you are working in a disorganized place. Tools like your screw might also be lost.
  • Focus on installation to avoid mistakes that could damage your laptop.

check this video from cnet for the actual installation of RAM module on laptop.

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