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I have an IBM Aptiva. It came with 16 MB of RAM, but i learned that it's expandable to 128 MB. how do i do that? thanks
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If you want to go all the way to 128 meg you will have to scrap your existing ram.

For EDO buy either 2 64 meg EDO Ram chips, or 4  32 meg Ram chips.

For Sdram find out if it has Sdram sockets, if it does toss your 16 meg and put in 64 meg of Sdram should cost about $75 (if it has 2 sdram sockets buy 2 64 meg chips if you want 128 meg).

1. make sure when you are dealing with ram that you are grounded (touching the case the entire time you are holding it)

2. to install ram is fairly simple but can be tricky if the sockets are buried and you don't feel comfortable digging into your PC.  basically open up the case, press the release levers on each side of the ram chip and push it forward so it's tilting to one side (take a look and make sure you are pushing the right way this should be evident by the way the guides on the socket look one side of the socket will look more open).  if the new ram is EDO then put it in the exact same way you took the old ram out.  If the new ram is Sdram then it slides strait in from the top instead of tilting in from one side.  Both EDO and Sdram have notches to insure that they can't be installed backwards so make sure you identify these notches and install it the right way.

3.  If you don't feel comfy digging into your comp you can probably find someone to do it cheap, my suggestion would be a local PC dealer that is not a chain you will probably get a better price, or you can just call all the PC stores in your area and ask them how much.


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also if you want to do it yourself your best bet will be mail order.  here is the guy i've used for the last 2 years for all my mail order stuff.

(626)281-4882         IntNet, Inc.
ask for Jimmy he can fax you his current monthly pricelist or just quote you over the phone.

If you go with a local person to install it chances are you will not only pay a small service fee for installing the Ram but you will also pay more for the Ram itself.  and if you mail order Sdram make sure you let him know what type of system you have and that you want something that works with that mainboard... there are several different types of Sdram.
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