Computer Memory

Replacing Notebook Memory

First, know what kind of random access memory you need in your notebook. Without the right kind of memory, your notebook isn’t going to run any faster. Ad if the new memory is replacing current memory modules and you choose the wrong kind, it simply won’t run at all. So be sure you know which kind of notebook memory you need before going online to purchase it somewhere.

Compatibility is key when it comes to notebook memory installation or upgrading. You should check to see if your computer’s warranty will be null and void if you install the RAM yourself. Also, check your system very carefully and see what kind of RAM it has as well as the maximum amount of RAM it can handle. Some manufacturers actually seal your computer case and you must have an authorized technician to install your RAM if you don’t want to void your notebook’s warranty.

The final step is to decide just how much RAM your notebook needs. You need at least 256 MB of random access memory to run Mac OS X or Windows XP, and about 128 MB of RAM for any other older operating systems. To run games or lots of office software you may want around 512MB of RAM. For graphic designers running graphics intensive editing programs, we’re talking about RAM up to 2GB or more.

Increasing the speed of the RAM will not make any difference, only increasing the amount of RAM in your notebook will result in increased performance for your notebook or personal computer. Besides RAM, oftentimes the next best improvement is to upgrade a video or graphics card. This will be especially productive for computers that handle a lot of games.

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