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Locating and changing the memory in a computer Article

I fix computers and am totally blind. Several visual computer users have asked me just where does one look for the memory and how to change it. The same comments come from those visually impaired. However, frequently a non-visual person is unsure of opening and messing around inside the case.
So here are a few things to know and look for.

If you are looking for memory in a laptop, place it upside down on the table. Place the back side where it’s hinge is closest to you. This is where you will also find the battery.
Make sure the laptop is unplugged and take out the battery for safety. Usually around five or six inches from the back edge and about the same amount of space from the right edge will be a screw or in some cases two screws holding down a memory cover.
When releasing this cover, the memory chips look like they are lying on top of each other. However, they are held by small slots on their bottom edge which is to your right. You can use your fingernail or small flathead screw driver to lift gently on the left lip of this chip. The memory will come up at a 45 degree angle. Then pull gently and they will come out. Sometimes there small clips on the side one may need to use a small flathead screw driver to release while pulling at the same time.

When determining to put a new chip in the laptop, check the amount of slots on the bottom edge and make sure they match those of the old one. If there is only one slot and you are trying to use a two slot one, it will not align. In order to put a chip back in, slide it into the slot again and press down gently to push the chip flat into the enclosure. Then replace the cover and the computer should work. If you get some beeps when booting up the computer, it means the chip is not in all the way or it is not compatible.
Just try another one or check your computer manual. I frequently get lots of extra memory and just keep on trying a higher level memory, hoping to improve the amount of memory in the laptop. I have found in some cases the computer manual doesn’t tell all the memory options available. That is why I try several as long as it is better than the one currently in the machine. But I do in most cases follow computer specs.

In the case of a desktop, locating the memory chips is a bit easier.
When opening the side of a computer, make sure it is unplugged. Then lay it on its side. Position the computer so the bottom is closest to you. That is where the legs are located.
Reach inside and look for two long sticks that are in slots around four to five inch slots. On each end of the memory is a lever that is holding the chip in. Usually if you release one, you can pull up gently and the other will release the chip so you can lift it out.
I compare the slots to those in a toaster. They are side by side and very close. Unfortunately, frequently the slots are challenging to access. But this is not so all the time. Always make sure to take any rings or watches off so they will not get caught on wires etc.

Notice on the bottom of the chips if there are two or a single slot. The newer ones are one slot.

Place the memory in the slot with the slot facing down and both levers released all the way back.
Now, push down firmly. You will hear/feel a click as the memory snaps in and both levers pop up to hold the memory chip. If the memory does not go in, take it out and turn it around and try again. I would push down with the pressure it takes to insert a plug into an electric outlet.

When starting up a computer and you hear a few beeps and the computer stops, that means the memory is not compatible even if it did fit. That has happened to me.
Just try another one. But in most cases if you go by what the manual suggest, it should work. Putting your own memory in other devices like hard drives or cdrw-roms can save a bunch in tech costs.

Hope these tips help someone.

For more information about the difference between Laptop Memory & Desktop Memory please click on the below link to go to an article by Michael Hintz, an eHow Contributor

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    Great information. Thank you

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