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by babygrahams / September 26, 2004 1:11 PM PDT

How do you properly install ram? Does it matter what side faces where? Thanks for helping a luddite.

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Re: RAM install
by Stan Chambers / September 26, 2004 1:32 PM PDT
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The memory module should have a notch on the bottom. Just line up the notch with the corresponding slot. It will not seat unless the slots are aligned properly.
Be sure to read the instructions on handling the module. Ground yourself by touching some unpainted part of the case, in order to avoid damage from static electricity.
Hope this helps.

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In addition to Ernie. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 27, 2004 9:05 AM PDT
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Make sure the power cord is still plugged in so that any static electricity will have a place to go. PC powered off though.

Some system boards want the largest RAM stick in the first slot.

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Re: In addition to Ernie. . .
by billzhills / October 1, 2004 4:08 AM PDT

Coryphaeus,

Sorry... But DO Not leave power cord attached on ATX M/B.

ATX M/Bs' stay hot, pressing the power button sends a signal to the P/S thur the M/B. The AT M/B's used a switch to power up, these you left pluged in for grounding.

See.
http://www.pcguide.com/ref/power/sup/funcSoftPower-c.html

Bill

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Don't care what the link says. . .
by Coryphaeus / October 3, 2004 9:35 AM PDT

I've taught electronics for over twenty years. A case, standing on a carpet, or desk, or Lexan, or whatever will have a static charge if the power cord is unplugged. Period, and so will you/he/she/whomever. To give the charge a place to go the power cord must be plugged in. Or, in another case, a jumper run from the case to the power neutral ground.

If the machine is turned off, and a person keeps their fat fingers out of dark places, plugging in components is safe.

I've seen a 3Com demo video about a technician reaching across a desk and the tie he was wearing touched a circuit board laying on a table. ZAP!! He was not wearing a wrist guard.

Don't want to be coarse, but that's how it is.

Wink

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Not coarse, just a good share
by billzhills / October 3, 2004 11:30 PM PDT

Coryphaeus,

Pluging in just components I won't disagree.
Static is the number one killer of components.

Couple of my stations do not have anit-static mats and you've given me a good solution for grounding these systems.

Thanks

Bill
.

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Quite welcome. ;-)
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by Dragon / July 25, 2008 4:20 PM PDT
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Re: RAM install
by Willy / September 27, 2004 9:40 PM PDT
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There are two ways to install RAM, the right way and the wrong way. Of course you want the right way. If the install procedure is fighting you or its seems not to fit, "DON'T FORCE IT", stop and rethink. A quick look see before you remove any ram is to see how the current ram is installed, duplicate that for any new or added ram. Ram slots are keyed in order to ordinate properly the install. Next, be sure you are "static free" to reduce any ESD damage to electronics/ram, etc.. Most new ram purchases, should explain what to do either by a help guide(pamplet) or through thier support website. The info usually generic applies to all ram installs.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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Re: RAM install
by Keith_C_A / September 30, 2004 11:02 PM PDT
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With Computer off, remove screws on cover of cabinet. Earth yourself by using an antistatic strap of by resting you arm/wrist against the inner frame of the computer case (unpainted surface). Locate memory slots, if adding to an empy slot, make sure largest memory stick is first in line. If you need to remove memory stick, locate the locking clips that hold the stick in place, carefully pry the clips away from edges of memory stick (should not take too much effort) place new stick into slot facing the same way as the other memory stick. There should be a slot to guide you any way. This is called "Non Confusing connection". carefully press the stick home and push the lockin clips back to their original position or toward the edge of the stick. Never Force computer components. Turn on computer to ensure the new memory is accepted, this should show on the boot cycle, (black and white screen) "Checking Memory" or "Testing Memory". you may have to reboot to see this if you monitor takes a while to "warm up".

Good Luck

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Re: RAM install
by Axe56 / October 1, 2004 2:40 AM PDT
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It would be a good idea to check your motherboard manufacturer's website before obtaining the ram. Some mobo's require you to install ram in matching pairs. Which means you would have to install 2 sticks of the exact same ram. You can readily identify this on the website. Also, there are mobo's that require all of the sticks of ram to be the same size ie: all 3 or 4 slots must have 128 mb, 256 mb or 512 mb. You can determine the size just so they are all the same. As others have said, there's a right way and a wrong way. If you get it the wrong way you'll know the minute you turn your equipment on ... you will get continuous beeps to let you know there's an error. If you should get the beep errors, double check to make sure the ram is firmly in place and the ram locks are completely locked. If the ram is secure and you still get the beep errors, try moving the sticks to different slots. That is providing any of it's different than the rest.

Although it's not real common, there are mobos that require all the slots to be filled before the system will operate. In that situation the slots that do not have ram will have blank out sticks. They look similar to the ram sticks but are much thinner and do not have any modules or circuitry on the sides.

I wish you the best and HTH, Rob.

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RAM install
by thebaitguy / January 1, 2005 4:31 PM PST
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First and most important thing to do is deactivate or turn off the switch on the back of your unit.(tower or
computer). Secondly, make sure that you unplug the power cord that goes into your computer,which will have a female end with usually 3 slots.
Make sure that you will not cause any type of static electricity when you take the case off!!! This is why the computer parts come shipped or packaged in anti-static wrap or pouch of somesort. You can achieve this by not standing on a carpet even with sneakers or footware that may cause static, as it may ruin your memory by magnetizing the memory sticks.
If you have a computer that requires RAM Parity, which means you have to install 2 sticks that are equivilent in MB or it will not function, you will have to find some, it is usually in older computers. If it takes normal pc100 or pc133 RAM all you have to do is insert it into the slot next to your existing RAM and next time you start it, the computer should pick it up with plug and play, you have to do nothing, it will do it itself.
Make sure your RAM is not mixed with 1 of say, SD RAM and you want DDR Ram, you cannot mix the 2 they have to be either one type or another but not mixed in most cases. The motherboard should have the type of RAM it has marked next to the memory stick slots,if not remove the existing RAM and determine what type it is.
When you restart it again, go into your BIOS, by pushing delete when it boots up, then simply change the speed of the RAM . ex. 100/100, 100/133,etc.
You shouldn't have to do this last step. You will know when you try it out weather it is properly working or not on your last reboot. Good luck and don't get excited, it is nothing that anybody could charge you lots of money when you just need RAM installed if you encounter any diffecult situations. Have a Great Day, and Happy New Year !!!!

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ram install
by kingofgamemaster777 / July 25, 2008 9:01 AM PDT
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do you need a admen permission to install ram or is it plug and play like a thumb drive?

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RAM Is A Hardware Issue...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 25, 2008 10:06 AM PDT
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..and requires no software to be installed. As such, it doesn't matter what type of user account you have.. Shut down the computer, open up the case, press the appropriate RAM module into the appropriate slot, restart the computer, and you're ready to go.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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RAM install
by markbenson1 / August 6, 2009 7:25 PM PDT
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First of all make sure that you buy a RAM that is compatible with your motherboard. You can get the information about the compatibliity from the motherboards menual, your old RAM or online website like crucial.com. Make sure you handle with care once it is bought.

Shut down the computer and unplugged the power cable. Open the case and locate the RAM stick installed in it. Remove it by pressing on the tabs at either end equally. Install the new RAM in the same way you removed the old RAM stick, pressing down equally on both ends. It should lock into place.

Put the cover back and turn on the computer. Motherboard will autodetect the new RAM compatibility and will work in a perfect way.

Always perform a through research before buying RAM. Get help form website like

http://www.kingston.com
http://www.om-nanotech.com
http://www.crucial.com
http://www.tigerdirect.com

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