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Need help upgrading memory


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bwilkin4

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My computer uses 256 ram, and im looking to upgrade to 1 gb. I realize that i'll have to buy two 512mb memory modules , but i need to know a little more about the steps involved to upgrade. How should i prepare ? Should i have my windows xp cd (which i dont have)? feel free to give as much detail as needed.

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Hi bwilkin4, welcome to GeeksToGo!

First of all, you have to make sure that the RAM you're going to buy will be compatible with your computer.

I have always used Crucial's Memory Scanner, you don't necessarily have to buy from them but you get the idea of what kind/type of RAM you need to get.

For installing the RAM, it is really easy.
- Make sure you ground yourself first before touching the inside of the computer. You can do this by touching the metal part of the case.
- You do not need your windows XP CD because installing new RAM would not affect your OS.
- When you're installing, make sure you put it the right way. The RAM stick can only go one way, there's a gap in the middle of the stick which should match the RAM slot on your motherboard. Match it first before pushing the stick in the slot.
- When installing, best way would be to press one end with your thumb and there should be a "click" sound that tells you its locked in. Do the same for the other end.

Not sure if that's enough but that's all I can think of right now.

Kamille
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thnx Kamille, really helps :)
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