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Yep, upgradng RAM is one of the easiest upgrades to do on a PC or Laptop. Just unscrew the screws on a panel underneath, remove the panel, then fit the new RAM module.

Gateway actually provide instructions on doing this for your laptop model. You can find it in this pdf, on Page 9 "Replacing the Memory Module"..

It looks as though your laptop will take 2GB in total, but it seems as though it may be limited to 1GB per slot on the motherboard. So basically, you would need to buy a 1GB as a 2GB stick may not work. This one looks a decent buy. You don't have to order it online, your local PC store should stock this type of memory. You are basically looking for a 1GB DDR2 533Mhz RAM Module. You can get them slightly cheaper, but Corsair are a decent brand of memory.

If you need any other info, just let me know.
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according to what you see,there is nothing in that slot now-I would just have to put this in-i wouldnt lose any info or have to reformat anything- correct--I have very limited comp knowledge but I have been learning very quickly
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I can't tell from the OTL log, whether anything is in the other slot, there shouldn't be anything though. There is a slim chance there could be 2x 256MB's, but I would doubt this due to it being a fairly modern laptop (Vista), unless Gateway were using up some old stock of 256MB. If you want, just unscrew the screws on the plastic flap and pop it off. You should see two slots, with one being currently occupied.

Installing some more RAM wont remove any files and you wont have to reinstall Windows or any software at all. You also don't have to 'install' RAM, there's no software to run etc. Once it's been fitted, the laptop should automatically recognize the increase in RAM, and there shouldn't be anything else needed :)
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Since this issue appears to be resolved ... this Topic has been closed. Glad we could help. :)

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