Install Memory Without A Technician

A step-by-step guide showing how to install memory into your computer without a technician, including necessary safety precautions.

To Install Memory, Follow This Guideline:
Once you've selected your correct memory, you can proceed to install memory card(s) onto your motherboard. The procedure is not difficult, and can be performed by a non-technical person. However, there are a few precautions to take to prevent damaging your new RAM cards.

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Information
Electrostatic discharge, the release of static electricity, can damage any of the electronic components of a computer, such as the disk drive, system board, processor, memory, add-in boards, etc. This is important to keep in mind as you install memory. ESD occurs when you touch an object that conducts electricity and is at a different electrical potential than you are. To protect your memory module from ESD, keep the module in its original ESD-protective package. Do not remove it from the protective packaging until you are ready to install it.

Note: Flash memory cards are protected from ESD by their plactic cases; no special ESD precautions are necessary.

Equipment

  • Memory modules
  • Nonmagnetic tip screwdriver (for removing cover only)
  • Your computer's manual

Illustrated Guides

Multilingual Install Guide

See our Multilingual Install Guide (270K PDF) for installation
instructions in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian,
Swedish, Dutch, and Portuguese.

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Rules of Thumb for Memory Module Installation

1. Make sure that you are working in a static safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your work space, and make sure to keep your computer plugged in but with the power turned off. Keeping your PC plugged in will keep the case grounded, thus reducing the chance of damaging the module or system from ESD. Touch an
unpainted metal part of your case before touching your new modules or any other components in your system.

2. Refer to your computer's manual when removing the computer's cover.

3. Ground yourself by touching any of the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer's frame. (This will remove any static electricity from your body or clothing)

4. Locate your computer's memory expansion slots (consult your owner's manual).

5. Insert your memory upgrade according to the illustrations in this guide. Note how the modules are keyed to the socket. This ensures that the module will be aligned correctly.

6. Once the module(s) have been installed, the computer's cover can be replaced. The installation is now complete.

Note: When restarting your computer you may get a message prompting you to update the configuration settings. Refer to your computer's manual on how to accomplish this step.

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