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About installing RAM

Tom-Colin Kelly
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Joined: Dec 09, 2011
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Hey,
i was looking into get more RAM for my computer, i have had someone else do it for me before but i am going to myself this time.
I am looking for around maybe 4GB
I am just asking how do i know what type to get, what do i need to know in order to do this?
Any information would be helpful
i know where to put it in the computer its more about what type?
Thanks a lot!
Peter Johnson
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Download and run CPU-Z from http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html. It will tell you every spec about your current RAM. Armed with that printout, you can find the exact RAM to match.


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Tom-Colin Kelly
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Peter Johnson wrote:Download and run CPU-Z from http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html. It will tell you every spec about your current RAM. Armed with that printout, you can find the exact RAM to match.


Thankyou!
was helpful

although i know about the computer, but it gives me all thsi information, but not about RAM where is that?
Peter Johnson
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Click on the SPD tab - it tells you about every RAM slot and what is installed in it. That is the info that you need.
Campbell Ritchie
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Take your computer to a local repairer, who can get the back off and inspect your RAM in about 60 seconds. If you are lucky, you can buy more RAM on the spot, and it is very easy to install. I have done it myself before now. You simply push it into the slot, and may have to close some clips at the end of the RAM to hold it firmly in place.
Peter Johnson
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Take it into the shop and have a mechanic look at it? Where's the fun in that?!? I'd much rather tinker on my hot rod myself, thank you!
Campbell Ritchie
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You take it to the shop, find out what sort of memory card you require, and then can tinker at home
Tom-Colin Kelly
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Joined: Dec 09, 2011
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Thanks for the useful comments, althought like Campbell Ritchie said there is not fun in that, if i do it myself i will feel ontop of the world ;)
think i will just buy a computer of ebay for maybe £70 and take ram and hard drive out of that?
thanks a lot!
Campbell Ritchie
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If you are only paying £70 for a computer, you might end up with 256MB of RAM and a 40GB hard drive. You will get better results if you keep that computer with its Windows98 () operating system (or install something requiring a low-end PC, eg Linux with Xfce desktop) than trying to beef up a more recent computer which already has 1GB RAM. Also for £70 you will get something with a lot of miles on the clock already, so there is more risk of “tired memory” or even a hard drive packing in on you.
Tom-Colin Kelly
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I suppsoe but you will be suprised what you can get for your money! can get around 200 - 300gb hard drive maybe like 3 gb RAM?
haha no windows XP so wasent far off!
i may just wait a few yeard and get a brand new one for like £800? not sure yt?
Campbell Ritchie
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You can buy several 99p computers and put them all together
And who needs Windows when you can download Linux free of charge? Actually, if those PCs already have Windows on, you can get an upgrade to WinXP or Vista or Win7, depending on their specifications.
Tom-Colin Kelly
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:You can buy several 99p computers and put them all together
And who needs Windows when you can download Linux free of charge? Actually, if those PCs already have Windows on, you can get an upgrade to WinXP or Vista or Win7, depending on their specifications.


really you can change OP for free? how?

my specs for my commy are like 500GB Hard drive i think?
126MB ram
2.6 dual core processor

not sure can remember reast as on laptop! :L

oh and sorry about the late reply! :L
Campbell Ritchie
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Tom-Colin Kelly wrote: . . . really you can change OP for free? how? . . .
I told you. Download Linux. With only 128MB RAM you would do well to use things like the xfce desktop, or the alternative version of Ubuntu, which are designed for older computers with restricted RAM. Don’t try Gnome3 on ⅛GB RAM (I would say not to try Gnome3 on any amount of RAM, but that’s another story ) Many Linux installations come in “live CD” format which you can run (but they are slow to boot) on a trial basis before you decide to install anything. Beware of the partitioning; if you are using Vista or similar you may need to expand the space from inside Vista.
You can probably also get Solaris free of charge,
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
 
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