O.K. Since about 3 people read my post on how to replace your laptop battery, you’ve made it abundantly clear that you want ALL THE COMPUTER REPAIR POSTS I CAN MUSTER. To go straight into the garbage.
To that, I say, suck it. Too many people just throw out their old computers once they start to slow down or sputter a bit. Out they trot like moneybag people, sneezing, coughing and farting money, to buy a new computer. I’m all for buying something new when you need it, I’m all for spending money. BUT if you can fix something, especially something as expensive as a computer, why not fix it and spend that extra money on something else? Like a trip to Mexico. Or new gym shorts. Or nasal spray. Anything.
Amazon even has a book on how to talk to your cat.
In fact they have at least 10 books on how to talk to your cat. So if you want to waste your money at least waste it on something that will have a lasting positive impact on your home life. Assuming you are quietly going insane, your spouse and children will all start to treat you like the special person you are.
Now. Onto the boring computer stuff you all hate.
What the hell is RAM? Ram is Random Access Memory. Good. Now that that’s cleared up we can move on.
Oh. Still confused? Your cat wouldn’t be. O.K. I’ll break it down. RAM is temporary memory. It’s the place stuff on your computer is stored when it’s working. So if you’re working on a big program like Photoshop or Excel, those programs use the extra memory that RAM holds. The more RAM you have the faster those programs and your computer will run.
What that means is if you get BIGGER RAM it can hold more stuff and your tired, slow computer will run faster. It also means that because the storage is only temporary, while your computer is working, you can remove and replace your RAM (while the computer is off) without having to worry about losing anything on your laptop. Things like recipes, or resumes, or nudie pics.
Which will then be swooped up to the mysterious iCloud in the sky where they will be promptly ignored by sleezey hackers because no one cares about a nude photo of you if you aren’t famous in some way. They may however, be interested in your secret cookie recipe.
O.K. Onto the actual lesson in upgrading your RAM. If you missed it, you need to go to this post to read about how to remove your laptop case.
Identify your Ram. There it is, right there! This particular laptop only had a total of 4 GB of RAM. 2 cards, with 2 GBs each.
The RAM just pops right out.
Step 3: After pushing the release latch, pull the first RAM card out.
Then pull the second card out.
Admire your shiny new RAM. I upgraded my computer from 4 MG to a total of 8 MG of RAM (two, 4MG cards)
Step 4: Replace the RAM. The new RAM just slips right into the slot the old RAM came out of.
That’s it. You’re done. Put your battery back in, your case back on and dust off your hands because you have a cat that’s been waiting patiently to discuss Russian literature with you.