Expand the RAM on an HP computer to improve system speed and to allow multiple programs to run at once. Many modern software packages require more RAM than the previous versions. Anti-virus programs, operating systems, productivity software, and games all benefit from expanding the amount of RAM in a system. HP computers with integrated video circuitry share a significant amount of the system RAM to render video, further reducing the amount available for program execution. Every function an HP computer performs will usually go faster with more installed RAM.
Create a system restore point by clicking "Start" (Windows Orb), and "System." Click "System Protection" from the menu on the left, and click "Create" to create a system restore point.
Create a backup of the computer system by clicking "Start" (Windows Orb) and "Control Panel." Click the "View By" dialog box and choose "Small Icons" to change the appearance of the control panel. Click "Backup and Restore" and "Set Up Backup" if necessary, and follow the steps to create a system backup onto blank optical media or to a network location.
Power down the system and remove the power cable or power adapter.
HP Laptop Computers
Flip the computer over onto its cover, preferably on a soft cloth to avoid scratches.
Remove the battery by releasing the clips that hold the battery in place. Refer to the owner's manual or the HP website for details for a particular model.
Loosen the screw that holds the RAM compartment cover in place, and remove the cover.
Remove the existing RAM module (if there is only one socket or if replacing the existing RAM) by pushing outward gently on the metal clips that hold the RAM into the socket. Pull the RAM module straight out along its axis after it springs up to an angle.
Insert the new HP RAM at the same angle the old RAM came out at, and press it into the socket until it is flush with the socket. Lower the end that is sticking up down into the socket until the metal clips snap into place over the module, pushing them outward slightly if necessary to get the RAM module to seat.
HP Desktop Computers
Open the case cover and attach the anti-static wrist strap to the frame of the computer in a place that is free from paint and has exposed metal. Connect the wrist end of the strap to either arm.
Release the plastic clips that hold the existing RAM modules in place (if removing the existing RAM) and pull the modules straight up and out of the system.
Insert the new HP RAM modules according to the key notch in the RAM that lines up with a small plastic tab in the socket. Push the RAM straight into the socket, using enough pressure to seat the module until there is an audible click when the RAM module snaps into place.
- Match the size and speed of RAM modules to avoid memory errors. Use the exact same manufacturer and model of RAM in each slot whenever possible.
- Static sensitive RAM modules can be easily damaged by touching the contacts or the circuits on the module, especially if not protected against electrostatic discharge.
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