How to increase 1GB RAM to 2GB?


Today, computers are capable of performing so much more than in the past. People can perform everyday tasks such as browsing the internet or checking their email without any problems. With how fast technology advances, it is plausible that you might be able to work faster on your computer with a larger amount of memory. Upgrading your computer’s RAM allows you to do just that – but what is RAM?

What is RAM?

RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It works by taking information from the hard drive and putting it into temporary storage where it can be used by the CPU (Central Processing Unit) when needed. The data in RAM is erased when you turn off your computer, which means if you turned your PC off every time after using it, you’d never accumulate any speed advantages.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your computer’s RAM, here are some things to consider before adding more memory:

1. If your computer is older than three years or has about 1GB or 2GB of memory, the best way to improve its performance is with an upgrade.

2. Your motherboard needs to be compatible with the RAM you purchase. Most motherboards will list how much RAM they support, but if yours doesn’t or you want to confirm compatibility, check online for known good combinations of RAM and motherboards that take advantage of dual channels (simultaneous use of two sticks).

3. Your OS (Operating System) must also support the amount of installed RAM – most recent OS versions can handle 4GB or more.

4. Make sure that your computer’s BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) has been updated to the latest version available from your motherboard manufacturer (e.g. ASUS, MSI etc). This upgrade will help with compatibility and may even enable increased amounts of RAM later on without having to replace the entire motherboard.

5. You can also check online for instructions on how to increase the amount of RAM supported by your particular PC, but upgrading the CPU and adding a new video card will likely offer more noticeable benefits than increasing memory unless you’re already running 4GB or more of installed RAM.

NOTE: It is recommended to increase RAM if your computer is 3 years old or less rather than installing a new OS that runs slower due to lack of support for modern hardware. Upgrading system memory is significantly less expensive than buying a new computer.

6. If you’re having trouble determining what kind of RAM your PC needs, we will be happy to guide you to the best possible RAM that would be compatible with your motherboard and CPU.

Incompatible/improper installation of RAM/Bad memory is known to cause blue screen of death such as ntoskrnl.exe


How to install additional RAM yourself?

1. Check your computer case

2. Unscrew the screws that hold your computer’s cover in place (if there are any). If your computer does not have a removable cover then read the next step.

3. Look for an empty slot on your motherboard with enough space for another stick of memory.

4. Once you’ve located an empty slot (or if your case doesn’t allow for expansion), check if the new sticks of memory you want to purchase will fit into it. New RAM comes in different sizes, shapes, and frequencies so it is important that they are compatible with your computer.

5. Once you are sure that the new sticks of memory will fit into the empty slot on your motherboard, it’s time to install them! Follow these steps carefully for a successful installation.

6. Unpack the new RAM from its original packaging and find out which one is designated as “slot #1”. There should be a notch on either side of the stick of memory indicating which end should go first into an empty slot or into a slot already occupied by another stick. Make sure that you insert the new memory in the right direction or else it won’t work. The notches will prevent you from inserting them incorrectly so do check them first before doing anything else.

7. Remove both small clips from the memory slot or RAM socket. The clips are on both sides of the stick but they’ll only hold down a single side of the stick, unlike a SIMM which holds down both sides – make sure you don’t force them in.

8. Insert the stick firmly into the slot and push it down until it fits securely.

9. Replace the metal clip that is securing one end of your new module by simply reversing steps two then three as you did before with your original stick to secure this end as well. Done! Now save all changes and reboot your system for test runs.

Warning: It’s best to get a Melbourne computer repair specialist involved at this stage. Make sure you are well aware of the internal layouts of your motherboard before attempting any upgrades.

To upgrade a 1GB ram to 2GB, 4GB, or more there are several steps required. You must remove the old DDR SDRAM from the RAM slot. Insert a new module to the same exact memory slot. Secure both ends of the collar clip to each side of your stick by using a small, flat-head screwdriver and gently compressing them together for them to lock into place.

How Do I Check My Computer’s Current RAM Size?

After you’ve increased the RAM size, check if your computer is equipped with the correct amount of memory. There are many ways to do that:

1) Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties. You will get more info about your system there.

2) On Windows Vista/7/8.1 or Windows 10; go to Start Menu –> right click on Computer and select Properties from the context menu. Then select the Device Manager tab and find Memory Controller under System devices.

3) Open command prompt (Windows Vista/7: type cmd in Search programs and files; Windows XP: Start–>Run–>type cmd). Type “wmic MEMORYCHIP GET /value” without quotes and press Enter.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...