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How to Install Memory Sticks

Updated February 21, 2017

Computer memory sticks are important for various reasons. This component holds temporary information. The Windows operating system will input bits of frequently accessed data. This allows the CPU or processor of the computer to retrieve the information whenever necessary. The PC cannot function without installation of the memory sticks. If you try to turn on a computer without memory sticks, you will hear a series of beeps. SD RAM is obsolete; however, some older computers still require this type of memory. There are various types of DDR SDRAM such as DDR-2 or DDR-3.

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  1. Check your motherboard manual. Each motherboard requires a certain type of memory stick. Your PC may allow SD, DDR or Rambus. The only way to know what your computer requires is to view your manual. If you do not have a hard copy of this booklet, you can go to the motherboard manufacturer's website.

  2. Open your tower by removing the screws from the back right panel. Place the screws and panel off to the side. Lay your tower flat on a soft surface.

  3. Determine the type of ram you have. SD memory has two holes in the connection tab while DDR have only one in the middle. Locate the memory stick ports in the computer, which are the RAM slots. They are long, usually near the processor and fan. The RAM slots are cream or white in colour.

  4. Open the tabs on each end of the RAM slot. These are small plastic hooks. Press them down to open. Insert the memory stick into the slot. Line the RAM up with the tabs going into the holes on the memory stick. Press the sticks down; the tabs on the side should lock into place.

  5. Place the panel back on the computer and turn it on. If you receive a series of beeps, the RAM is bad or installed incorrectly.

  6. Tip

    Make sure you press the RAM all the way down into the slot.



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Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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