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Understanding, Identifying and Upgrading the RAM in your PC

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#1 TutorialBot


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Posted 13 March 2006 - 04:13 PM

A new tutorial titled Understanding, Identifying and Upgrading the RAM in your PC was added by Rimmer. Please use this topic to discuss any aspect of this tutorial.


A brief excerpt of the tutorial is below:

This tutorial is intended to explain what RAM is and give some background on different memory technologies in order to help you identify the RAM in your PC. It will also discuss RAM speed and timing parameters to help you understand the specifications often quoted on vendors' websites. Its final aim is to assist you in upgrading your system by suggesting some tools and strategies to help you choose new RAM. It is written from the standpoint of a desktop PC owner but most of the concepts apply to laptops and notebooks as well. Like all PC components, RAM has gone through a number of evolutionary changes (and some revolutionary changes) and only the RAM designed for your computer will work in your computer. There are literally hundreds of different RAM products on the market today so it is important to know the correct type for your system. I am attempting to write this for the non-technical user but the further I get the more I descend into techno-babble so you may need to learn a few terms along the way. I'll assume familiarity with common terms like Megabytes and Gigabytes etc. Finally I should say I'm not a memory expert, some of the information here I came across in the process of writing this tutorial, but I hope you will get as much out of this exploration of RAM as I have.

We hope you find this tutorial helpful.

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Edited by jgweed, 13 March 2006 - 11:39 PM.

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:16 PM

Excellent tutorial! I think everyone will benefit from this one.

Thanks Rimmer!

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Posted 13 March 2006 - 11:40 PM

My little head hurts from all that information!
Great job, Rimmer. You have certainly raised the bar!
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Posted 14 March 2006 - 12:00 PM

Excellent Rimmer - Admittedly i haven't read it all yet, but i've printed it off and plan to read it all soon!

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 12:15 PM

I agree with all of the above. A brilliant job! Just brilliant!
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Posted 17 March 2006 - 05:52 AM

Thanks very much for your kind comments guys and gals (and bots?).
I really hope readers find it useful because I have to admit I enjoyed digging up the dirt and learned a lot in the process. :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 06:57 AM

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 01:22 PM

Wow,what a great tutorial.Thankyou

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 02:34 PM

Nice Tutorial.

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 09:30 PM

wow theres a lot of information there
i have to read it later when i have some free time

this could help me speed up my computer i hope! :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 04:33 PM

What a great tutorial - and what perfect timing, at least for myself.

'Ddeerrff' has been helping me with a possible 'memory' glitch and buying an additional 1gb of Ram is on my 'to do' list for hopefully next week.

Rimmer, you've not only helped me with this tutorial, the employee at the computer store should be thanking you as well - grin! Undoubtedly I would have just walked in and asked for a "stick of ram for my Windows XP Media Edition computer, please". Ugh.

Thanks so much!

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 07:03 PM

Awesome thanks its a vary long but looks very informative from what i read so far.

I'm going to print it and look at it later. Thanks!

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:27 PM

I'm very new around here and I just want to say thanks to all of you.
I have been reading a bunch of all y'all's stuff and find it all very interesting.
And yes I did read all of this and it is very helpful.
Thank you for your time and trouble, people who are new to computers
like me need you. Thank you again !!!
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Posted 02 February 2008 - 11:05 PM

Thanks for your kind comments as they are appreciated and welcome to BC.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:42 AM

:thumbsup: Great tute. Many thanks Rimmer.

Could we please have an update. DDR3 RAM has been out for awhile.


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