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#1 WilliamKane

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:19 AM

How do I increase the size of the memory on my pc? It's pretty full and I've done everything I can with it so where do I start?

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:07 AM

Do you mean memory as in hard drive or RAM?

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#3 WilliamKane

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 11:32 AM

Ha ha. Erm, I don't know. I'm a novice at these things! Could you explain them both please? I know what RAM stands for but that's about it.

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:11 PM

RAM is random access memory. Hard drive, or hard disk, is where your data files reside, such as music, videos, games, documents, etc.

RAM is important as data from the hard drive isn't read directly into the CPU, but goes to the RAM first. RAM can be accessed in any order and is extremely fast, but, data in RAM only exists so long as the computer is powered on. While the computer is on, the RAM acts kind of like a temporary workspace loading data from the hard drive as needed and passing it along to the CPU.

A hard drive retains data when it is powered off and provides long-term storage. Unlike RAM, the vast majority of hard drives are mechanical with moving parts inside. Compared to RAM, a hard drive is very slow, but it is mainly used for long term storage and access, so speed isn't a very serious concern. There is a type of hard drive, a solid state disk, that functions like RAM in that it is exceptionally fast, but still retains data when powered off.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:25 AM

Well on balance, I think it's RAM that I'm looking for?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:43 PM

Do you have enough space to store your files, or does your computer need more RAM?

To help you with this, we need to know more about your PC. Who made your computer and what is its model number? We can look up what your computer will need with this information.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:35 PM

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:01 PM

At Acer's site, this appears to be your model.

Assuming that is indeed your computer, it can take up to 4GB of DDR2 533/667/800 RAM. The Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 would get you going. Depending on the number of RAM slots you have, you can get either two or four of these to max out your RAM. That PC of yours was never a good performer anyway, but it gets the job done.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 07:19 PM

Thanks my friend. I'll try that.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:45 PM

1. go on here http://www.offtek.co.uk/ scan your PC, hopefully it will see your RAM type.. and select some RAM for you
2. if not then open your case and look for the stick with the white tabs on the top and bottom, press them and then take the RAM out.. it will have a Product number and RAM type... DDR2, DDR3 ..
3. Buy the RAM
4. When you have the RAM take out the other RAM like I told you on step 2 and then get the new ram and put them into the slots and press them down so far that the white tabs click into place.. if it feels like it wont fit flip the RAM over.. don't be aggressive with them.


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