Upgrading the Memory
Upgrading the Memory
The memory of the system must be upgraded to increase the speed of the system. The memory is upgraded either by changing the previous RAM or by adding one more RAM with the previous RAM. The installation of a new RAM depends on the number of the free available memory slots on the motherboard.
If the user wants to add a memory, then it is recommended to use the memory of the same FSB as of the existing one.
Before installing a new RAM, check the type of RAM for mounting on the motherboard. The new RAM should match with the configuration of the previous RAM and should be supported by motherboard and processor.
To upgrade the memory of the system:
1. Shutdown the computer and disconnect the power cable from SMPS and all the peripheral devices attached to it.
2. Get rid of the system case.
3. Wear an anti-static wristband or any other static control device before touching any of the computer components.
4. Hold the RAM module by its edges. Do not touch the chips and connectors of the RAM module.
5. Place the RAM module on the memory socket according to the type of the RAM. If the additional RAM module is a SIMM, hold the RAM module in 45 degrees while placing on the memory socket. If the additional RAM module is a DIMM, hold the RAM module perpendicular to the memory socket.
6. Check the notches of the RAM module before placing it on the memory socket.
7. Put a slight pressure while inserting the RAM module on the memory socket.
8. Check the manual after inserting the RAM in the memory socket.
9. Put the case back to the computer.
10. Switch on the computer and check the current amount of the RAM.
Troubleshooting memory using various methods can solve the memory problems. The beep codes and the memory diagnostic software are the ways to troubleshoot the memory. Following are the troubleshooting methods:
Using BIOS Beep Codes
Using PC Memory Diagnostic Software
Using the BIOS Beep Codes
The BIOS program does the Power on Self-Test (POST) testing as the system turns on. This testing is done to ensure that the system is working properly. If the computer fails to start, a long beep is generated. This beep indicates that there is a requirement to check the BIOS of the motherboard for errors.
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