Add more memory to your computer
I used to have the dining room table all to myself. Taxes, Christmas cards, birthday gift-wrap, household bills — I would spread out until the job was done.
Nowadays, with one child drawing pictures, another doing homework, and a third fiddling with Lite-Brite, I’m relegated to a tiny corner — if that much. Often I put off tasks until everyone has gone to bed and even then I’m hard-pressed to meet the breakfast deadline. Of course, I could expand the table…
It’s much the same with computers. If the hard drive is the filing cabinet in which you store your documents, then memory, or RAM (random access memory), is the table you work on. The easiest way to get more space is to add extra leaves.
There comes a time when there’s just not enough RAM. Everything is working fine, then you add photo-editing software, surf to a graphically intense Web site, install a game, and suddenly your computer can’t keep up.
If the drive light is flickering like crazy, then it’s probably time to install more memory. But before you unplug the cables, lug the machine to the car, drive to the computer shop, wait to have RAM installed …. maybe consider installing RAM yourself – if you are confident enough. The easy option would be to ask a technician out to install it at your home or business.
Determine how much RAM you have and how much you need
Before you make any purchases, you need to know how much memory you have and what type of memory to buy.
Find out how much RAM your computer has:
In Windows, go to the Start menu, click Settings, and then click Control Panel. Click System and then select the General tab. At the bottom of the page you should see the amount of RAM.
Most games will specify the minimum amount of RAM you need to install them and play. For example, Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban requires 256 MB. This amount includes RAM that the computer needs to do its own background work as well as to run the game.
The amount of RAM you need depends on the operating system you are using. For systems running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, you will need the minimum recommended amount, but more is often better, depending on your needs. If you just use your PC for surfing the Internet and writing letters, you need 512 MB to 1 GB. For more RAM-intensive programs, such as games or photo editing, or if you like to use a lot of applications at the same time, such as desktop publishing and video rendering, more than 1 GB is recommended. Each program should come with system requirements that show both the minimum RAM needed to run the program, and the amount of RAM needed for its best performance.
We are happy to assist you to choose the correct memory for your computer!