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What are the ways to upgrade ram in a pc
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Michel021497Commented:
It depends on what computer you have and how much ram you have.
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jhanceCommented:
Based on the context and wording of your question, I'd suggest you take your computer to a reputable shop and let them upgrade it for you.
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AnthemCommented:
greeneal,

Check out these issues before you buying RAM:

http://www.makeitsimple.com/articles/ramguide/ramguidep6.htm

Next check out this site on instructions on how to update:

http://special.reserve.co.uk/www/public/technical/ramupgrades.html

-Anthem
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Should you decide to bring it to a shop for upgrading, do NOT bring it to CompUSA - I was there last week and noted that computer memory prices were DOUBLE what they are at most online/mail-order vendors (generally they are more expensive for everything, but only by about 20% - not 100%
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rayt333Commented:
"What are the ways to upgrade ram in a pc"

1. You can do it yourself

2. You can get someone else to do it for you


1. to do it yourself then you must know thw type of memory you need, (SIMM, DIMM, FP memory, EDO memory, ect) your owners manual should tell you that. Then do you have any empty slots to put the memory in? do you have to remove some smaller chips in order to install larder chips?

2. If #1 in not understood then you need to follow #2
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BlashyCommented:
I suggest also you let someone else that knows how to.

You can ask him to let him see how its done, after all it's your computer.
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Ready4DisCommented:
Replace, or add to your existing RAM.  There are programs out there that claim to double your RAM.  Ex: MagnaRam.  This is all fine and well, but in reality it isn't doubling anything but the number that your machine thinks it has.  If you have 32 and install a RAM doubler... your system now has a total of 32mb Ram, and 32mb Swap File.  A swap file is basically a spot on your hard-drive that it allocates to use it as pretend ram.  This really doesn't speed anything up, just helps on programs that require a lot of ram.  The only thing you can really do is buy more.  The more you have the better!  Installation is very simple and most Bios' automatically find any change in memory and processor (speed and type).  A lot even automatically recognize new hard-drives, floppy drives, cd-roms, etc.
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jjmcdCommented:
Adding RAM isn't hard, but as many folks said, there are some things you should know.

You also should know that it is fairly easy to damage the RAM before you install it, or to damage your computer while installing it, especially at this time of year in the U.S.

If you don't feel comfortable (and this depends on so many things that only you can know) then the best bet is to take it somewhere.

Someone griped about CompUSA, but I suspect any shop you take your computer to will charge substantially more for the parts than you can find mail order, AND they will likely charge you to install it.  A lot of the big chains like Best Buy and the like will have fixed charges for installing memory.  Call them, find out what it will cost, figure out what the parts will cost mail order or from a trade show if you have them locally, and then make a decision as to whether the risk is worth what you save.

Today memory is pretty cheap, and while you can probably find memory mail order for 20-30% cheaper than you can find it locally (assuming you're in the US), the shipping costs will likely eat up that savings if that's all you're buying.

If you're not in the US the dynamic can be quite different. It could be a big win to buy the memory mail order and take the risks (which really are quite small) of installing it yourself.
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kazooie21Commented:
Taking it to a reputable dealer and have them do it for you. You'll have to know what you want to upgrade to. Of course it's possible you may not be able to upgrade. In that case you would have to buy a new tower or hard drive. If you do it yourself there's always the possibility of messing up. In that instance you would have to go somewhere. If you know how to do it then go ahead. I personally recommend taking it somewhere. Hey, those guys are getting paid to do that right? They would have more options available too.
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Ready4DisCommented:
Oh man, you accepted that answer. jhance, and others said the exact same thing first, and you give it to this guy.  Not that he doesn't know what he's talking about, it's just that he copied what others have said, and took all the credit for it.  I just don't get people sometimes, oh well.
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jhanceCommented:
Being a long time EE expert, you get used to both kinds of these clowns.

Those that accept the wrong answer because they are too dense to figure this whole thing out and those expert "wannabes" like kaphlooey21 who rip off other people's answers...
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Ready4DisCommented:
Oh well, worse things have happened.
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rayt333Commented:
Stupid people shouldn't be allowed to own computers, but they do and this question is proof of that. Anyone that is so stupid to ask questions about upgrading the Ram, We should have known they would be too stupid to know a correct answer if it hit them between the eyes.
Oh well!!
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jjmcdCommented:
I wouldn't be so hard on greeneel, after all, a good chuckle like kazooie provided is worth something.
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Ready4DisCommented:
Heh, the only thing he added was completely wrong!

<< Of course it's possible you may not be able to upgrade. In that case you would have to buy a new tower or hard drive.

Hmm... if it's not possible to upgrade.. which is completely is unless he already has the largest amount of memory possible in his computer in which case, it wouldn't have to be upgraded, and already was.. anyways, if it wasn't possible, what would a new hard-drive do?  What's wrong with a desktop that he would need a tower... either one would do.
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