Re: Upgrading Memory and Storage

Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>

On Sat, Nov 7, 2020 at 07:35 AM, enes sarıbaş wrote:
Yes please. I would also like to learn how to insert sticks correctly.
This differs depending on whether you're talking laptop versus desktop.  But, for both, there will be a notch cut into the side that actually inserts into the memory slot that will match a plastic bar in the memory slot so that you are orienting the memory stick correctly.  This makes it impossible to insert a memory stick upside down or backward.  Ideally, you will be grounded from static when working with memory, but very often that can't (or isn't) done, and if not be sure you're not working on the computer in an environment (e.g., dry house during heating season after having walked across a carpeted floor) where you are quite likely to have built up a static charge.

In desktop computers, virtually all memory sticks will insert at a right angle to the motherboard, straight down in to the actual memory slot.  At the end of the slot are two "pincers" that hold the stick in place once it's inserted.  These must be flipped open (away from the slot) before you attempt to insert the memory stick.  Align the stick correctly based on that notch and push, firmly but gently, straight down while holding the stick at its ends and you will feel the stick seat, and you'll sometimes hear those pincers click into place.  Check afterward that they have clicked into the closed position, because if they haven't then the RAM module is not seated correctly.  If not seated correctly then flip open the pincers, withdraw the stick, and try inserting again.

In laptops, virtually all memory sticks insert on an angle then either lie flat once the insertion is completed or at a lower angle than they start out when you begin the process.  At the end of the slots for laptop memory are two small spring clips that serve the same purpose as the plastic pincers previously described.  You will generally hear these click once a memory stick is inserted and seated correctly.  In the case of laptop memory, you still do the alignment based on the notch, but you then gently push the side of the stick opposite the contacts on the seating side such that the contacts are being pushed into the slot while at the same time angling the whole stick downward toward whatever the resting position (whether flat or angled) is in your machine.  You will hear those spring clips click into place and the memory stick will stop traveling (or should, once you hear that click do not push that downward angle any further).

The trick with memory in general is making sure both ends of the stick are being pushed in to the slot on the motherboard at the same time, as this is what ends up making the plastic or spring clip retainers work correctly.  The most common error is having the memory stick cocked along the length of the slot, with one end pushed in while the other is doing anything from not quite being pushed in to actually sticking out.  This is why I advise applying the pushing force equally at each end along the length of the stick when inserting memory.

Now, a quick note on removal.  For desktops it's just flipping open the plastic retaining pincers at each end, and firmly but gently pulling straight out.  In the case of laptops, its feeling for the little metal retention clips and firmly but gently pushing them away from the memory stick itself, at which point you'll hear and feel the memory stick "pop up" at which point you just grab it from the center and pull gently out from the slot.  Often laptop memory will almost just "be laying there" once those spring clips have been released and its popped, so it will pick right up.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041  

Always remember that computers are just glorified light bulbs - they rarely fail in continuous use and usually go pop when turned off and on.

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