To improve the performance of your notebook computer, you may want to install additional RAM (random access memory). This is the memory your computer uses to run programs such as Windows or you web browser. It is not the storage capacity, but the operating memory. The Aspire 5315 comes standard with 512 MB of RAM, but is able to hold up to two 1 GB units of RAM. This model takes 200-pin SODIMM (small outline dual inline memory module) RAM. Crucial.com recommends two 1 GB 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory modules.
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Things you need
- Non-magnetic screwdriver,
- Computer manual
- RAM modules
Turn off the laptop. Unplug the AC power cable. Remove the battery. Remove or unplug any peripheral devices.
Collect everything you need before beginning this process. Walking around can create static electricity that can damage your computer or the RAM units, so it is important to ground yourself.
Put on a static-control wrist strap if you have one. Otherwise, plant your feet and touch an unpainted metal part of your computer with your fingers. If do you need to move away, be sure to reground yourself before touching any internal parts of your computer.
Close your laptop. In most Acer laptops, the compartment for RAM is on the bottom of the computer. There will be more than one compartment; only one is for RAM and it's usually the smaller of the two. Check your owner's manual to be sure of the location.
Flip your laptop over gently. Remove the screw(s) from the RAM compartment and remove the cover.
Unclip the currently installed RAM module (if there is one) from the retaining clips and remove it. Use only your hands in this process; do not use tools to remove or replace the unit.
Fill the lowest numbered slot first if you are installing more than one RAM unit. Handle the unit only by the edges, and do not bend. Line up the notches on your RAM module with the notches in the slot.
Hold the module at a 45-degree angle and slide into place. You will need to press firmly.
Seat the module firmly in the slot, then clip it into place with the retaining clips. If the clips do not catch, the module is not inserted completely.
Repeat for each RAM module you are installing.
Replace the compartment cover and screw into place. Do not over-tighten. Replace battery and/or power cord. When turned on the computer should automatically recognise the new RAM.
Tips and warnings
- RAM should be installed in matching pairs for optimum performance.
- Be sure to follow the grounding procedures. You could do permanent damage to either the RAM module or your laptop by exposing them to static electricity.
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