Once you’ve verified that your computer can accept new RAM, and purchased the correct chips, you’re ready to install them. The process differs slightly depending on your computer’s setup, but it’s generally quite similar across the board. How to Install RAM on Your Computer
How to Install RAM
Shut Down Your Computer. Place your computer in a well-lit, clean place where you can work undisturbed. If possible, remove all cables, wires, and extra parts such as external drives or unnecessary peripherals that you do not need to access during the repair process.
Then, gently lift off the cowling and place it aside with the screws or latches facing up so that they do not roll away. With the case open, look at the motherboard to find where your existing RAM is. You will install your new RAM next to (or on top of) these modules.
Before you handle your new RAM modules, use an anti-static wrist strap to ground yourself. When you’re installing new RAM modules, it’s important to remember that the edge that has visible gold contacts is the one that you’ll need to seat into the sockets on your motherboard.
When the RAM sockets on your motherboard have latches on the ends, gently pull them back to allow insertion of your modules. Line up the notch on your new RAM module with the notch in the socket. Then, carefully push it into place. If latches are present, they will snap automatically as you push the module in.
Apply even pressure to the edge of the RAM module to gently click it into place. Make sure not to bend it back and forth, and don’t force it. If it doesn’t go in easily, pull it out and check the alignment of the notches.
Make sure you didn’t accidentally unplug anything when you were installing the RAM. As you do that, make sure the RAM modules are seated properly and close your computer back up.
After you hook your computer back up, turn it on, and verify that it can read the new memory.