Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:00 PM
computergeek522 - that's a good illustration of why context is important when people ask questions here at BC - because there are often many terms for the same thing. I read your post and assumed you were talking about RAM, gunner did not.
"Memory stick" used to be (and still is in a lot of places) tech talk for a RAM module (or stick) but now the slang seems to be migrating to mean a USB flash drive, otherwise known as a 'pen drive', a 'thumb drive' or a 'memory stick'.
You do need to check your motherboard requirements to get suitable RAM, in some instances extra RAM has to match the existing RAM exactly. I've read the advisory robots do a good job of advising you what you need - post back and let us know how it went.
The grounding is no big deal - keep the RAM away from your clothing and don't walk around while you're in the middle of the process :
- Shutdown and switch off but do not remove the power cord.
- Take off the cover.
- Hold on to a metal part of the case now and as often as you can during the entire process.
- Pull out the power cord.
- If there is a lot of dust around consider using a can of compressed air to blow out the RAM slot.
- Firmly plug the RAM stick in and check it is secured by the platic tabs at each end.
- Put the case cover back on.
- Plug in and Reboot.
Right now, I'm running on 256 MB of RAM, but I'm planning to upgrade to at least 512 MB.
Great idea putting your system specs in your signature btw! By the looks of your specs 512MB should be fine. I'm wondering if there may be another reason for your slow system, try these basic maintenance steps - they may help:
- Clean your internet cache and temporary files:
Click Start and Run then type in cleanmgr this will start the windows disk cleanup tool.
Tick the boxes beside Temporary internet Files, Recycle Bin and Temporary Files then click OK
- Boot in Safe Mode and do a scandisk with the 'Thorough' and 'Fix' options checked.
If you are not sure how to boot in Safe Mode there is a tutorial here:
How to find scandisk:
Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now
- When that's finished do a defrag.
Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter
They will take some time but at least you will know your hard drive is working correctly and tidied up.
- Reboot and see if there's any improvement.
- Check how much free space you have on your hard drive.
Start>My Computer click once on your C: drive and look in the Details box on the left.
Edited by Rimmer, 29 May 2005 - 08:12 PM.
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