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How to Find the Correct RAM for a Computer

RAM which stands for Random Access memory is the most integral part of any computer system. Not only computers but now RAM has taken a place in almost all the automatic or semi-automatic electronic devices. This is the best way and mode of saving information, settings, or some piece of code for use of the device. RAMs are gaining more and more popularity in external storage devices like Flash Drive, MP3 Players, Mobile Phones etc. As the name suggests, RAM is a kind of memory which is fast and we can read and write to any part of it at any time. Before RAMs, the memory devices were generally sequential. Examples are tape drives. Fetching data from a sequential drive was time consuming because it has to go through all the earlier data before reaching the desired data. Just think of audio cassettes in which you have to forward all the songs before you could listen to the last song. With the development of RAM, the seek time was drastically reduced and this is the reason why every computer processor relies on RAM. Every piece of data which reaches in to the processor for processing has to go from the RAM and this is the reason why speed of RAM and its capacity plays a crucial role in speeding up any computer or making it sluggish. You can purchase a very good quality motherboard and processor but if the RAM modules installed in your computer are not of adequate size and speed, your computer will not perform well. In this post we will discuss similar intricacies of RAM module and how to get the correct RAM in case you want to add more to your computer.

RAM modules consist of several chips which are soldered together to make a module. RAM chips operate at their own frequency and this has to match the operating frequency of the motherboard. Faster the frequency, better is the performance. You can check the size of RAM installed on your computer under the properties of ‘My Computer’, but this does not tell you about the model and type of RAM installed in your machine. New types of RAM regularly come in to the market to deliver better and better performance and you cannot mix and match the RAM types. For example if you old RAM module has maximum speed of 100 MHz then you should not install a new one of lesser MHz. This will for sure increase the total amount of RAM on your computer but will degrade the performance because the old module which was working at 100 MHz will now be forced to work at lesser frequencies to cope with the new RAM module.

Before you plan to purchase a new RAM module make sure that you check the model and type of RAM which is already installed on your computer. If you have a branded computer like from HP, Dell, SONY etc., you can get this information from their websites, but if you have a custom built one, you need to physically open the tower and check for the RAM specifications manually.

How to add more memory to your computer

Programs and applications have increasingly become resource hungry. They need more RAM for working smoothly without the momentary lockups of the operating system. It’s not only the applications on which you work but the operating system also demands more RAM modules of large capacities. Days are gone when Windows 98 used to work efficiently with just 32 MB of RAM; it’s the time of Windows Vista and Windows 7 which requires a minimum of 1 GB RAM. (minimum 1GB). With this much amount of RAM Windows will only work without complaining but will often get tired and stop doing its bit. So if you have to get the most out of the new babies of Windows then you need a 4 GB chip of the Random Access Memory.

Users often say that they have large amounts of hard drive space on their computer but still their computer runs slow. The Answer to this is that hard drive plays an important role in enhancing the performance of any computer but it does not play the vital role. The Vital role is played only by the RAM and the Processor off course. If you don’t have enough RAM on your computer than your computers operating system would not be able to feed the necessary amount of data to the processor for processing and will increase the delay of every activity.

Further in this post we will discuss how to find out how much RAM your computer has and do you need more of it?

Step1:
To check the performance capabilities of your computer Windows Vista and Windows 7 there is a system called Windows Experience Index. It gives you a rating to your computers hardware basis the kind of software and other applications you have installed on it. It will let you know if you have enough RAM, enough Graphics memory, decently fast processor etc. You should always run the Windows Experience index and find out if your computer is still able to cope up well with the newly installed applications and driver software. You can launch this tool by opening the Control panel, then opening the System & Maintenance option, and then clicking on the Performance Information and Tools. This rating is given on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest.

Step2:
After checking the rating find how much RAM you have. This can again be checked from the same screen which is of System & Performance, and then clicking on Advanced System Properties. Here along with the information of your Windows version, Processor configuration you will also find the amount of RAM installed. Don’t panic if the figure shown up there is lesser than what you know your RAM size is, because some part of the RAM is often shared with the graphics memory so the size shown up here would be lesser than what you expected.

Step3:
Lastly know more about the operating system you have and know the amount of RAM it can support. What is the need to buy extra chips of RAM if your computers operating system cannot utilize the same.

How to Identify an ASUS Motherboard

It may be the case that you are upgrading the RAM on several of your organization’s older PCs and for this you need to know what type of chips each system requires. And you only have the motherboard manuals for half of the systems. What are you going to do? Time to worry? No! There are ways to find a motherboard’s manufacturer and model number without the manual, if only you know where to look for. Here I am going to suggest you ways to identify an ASUS Motherboard.

ASUSTeK is a computer corporation based in Taiwan. ASUS or ASUSTeK has become synonymous with desktop PCs. Almost one in every three desktops in the market is using an ASUS motherboard. Some manufacturers place ASUS boards into their systems without the ASUS name or make/model imprinted since the computers are made by someone else, such as Hewlett-Packard or Dell. That is the reason you have to find ways to determine whether it is  an ASUS Motherboard. But as I said before, there are still several ways to find out if the motherboard is made by ASUS. For this, you will need Internet connection, Make/Model number, FCC Number, and BIOS number/information.

The steps you need to follow are:

Step1:

First of all try to locate the motherboard’s FCC or Federal Communications Commission number. It is usually comprised of three numbers, known as the Guarantee Code, followed by a dash and more numbers that are the equipment code. You will see “FCC” on the motherboard and to the right of it you may or may not notice the Grantee or Equipment Code since some computer equipment do not come with it. Once you locate the FCC number, you can go to the FCC website and can locate the manufacturer’s name based on the Grantee Code and/or equipment product code. Once the name of the manufacturer is known, you can search its Web site for information on its various motherboards and be sure whether your motherboard is ASUS.

Step2:

If you could not find the FCC number or your search was inconclusive, you need to locate the motherboard’s model number. You will find it between the white PCI slots. You run the model number, such as M2N-VM or A8N32-SLI Deluxe, through the asus.com website and see if it matches the ASUS motherboard models.

Step3:

If all else fails you need to obtain the motherboard manufacturer and model information from the BIOS number. There are a number of ways to obtain the BIOS number. The easiest one is as follows: hit Pause while your computer is booting up. You will notice the BIOS information displayed on the monitor. Copy down the number displayed on the screen.

If you are not able to hit the Pause key before the information disappears, turn off the computer, unplug the keyboard, and reboot the computer. If the CMOS is set to Halt On All Errors, it will freeze during the post while the BIOS information is showing on the screen. You can copy the information down and then turn off the computer and reattach the keyboard.
Once you get the BIOS number, go to websites to find helpful information on identifying motherboards from Dell, Gateway, Packard Bell, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, and other common PC brands.

How to Enhance the functioning of RAM

It won’t be a stretch to call the memory of a computer system as the most important element which governs the functioning of the innumerable software, files and data. Random access memory, or RAM, as it is popularly called, is a device that stores computer data so that it can be accessed in any order, irrespective of its location i.e. randomly. Poor computer memory, or poor RAM, results in hanging of computer system and slow-downs. This may result in loss of time which affects one’s productivity and efficiency at work. However, the more memory is fed into the system, the less prone it becomes to crashes and delays.

Following specific instructions would not only result in better performance, but they are also cost effective methods. The first step one needs to take is finding out how much RAM is currently installed. One can access this information by selecting the Control Panel tab in the Start Menu. However, if one is using a different operating system like Macintosh, he must select the Apple Menu and then check the ‘About this Computer’ option.

If one is not already aware, he must put in efforts to find out how much additional memory can be handled by the computer. In most cases, the maximum memory is double the memory that comes installed with the system. This information can be found by visiting the manufacturer’s website or contacting the manufacturer. The category, speed and type of RAM should also be known along with its location in the motherboard that would accommodate the new RAM chips. However, if one finds it uncomfortable to disseminate the system and access the motherboard, a technician can be hired for the same. After that, the new or upgraded RAM must be purchased by someone who is well aware of exactly what kind of chips are needed for the system. After the purchase, a backup should be created for the important files and folders, before the upgrade can be started.

The computer needs to be turned off and then the case can be opened by removing few screws. Once this is done, the sockets need to be located where the upgraded RAM chips have to be fixed. Care must be taken to push the chips down gently but firmly. Once they are fixed, the system needs to be reassembled and restarted. Certain tips and precautions are essential in this case. If the new memory installed is failed to be recognized by the computer, one must follow the steps to re-insert the chips into the motherboard, but in a different order. Also, while fixing the new chips, one must not wear wool or be on a shag carpet as it may be very dangerous. However, before one jumps to the conclusion that extra RAM would be required for a speedy and more convenient system, he must make sure that the computer is guarded against virus attacks and has proper tools that can help in regular cleaning up of the disk drives. For this purpose, anti-virus software, disk defragmenters, firewall and Spyware programs are essential. Getting new memory must be always kept as a last resort.

How to Reclaim Your Computer Memory

The space covered by your computer memory and the storage space can get fragmented and clogged and eventually this slows down your computer performance and causes the computer crashes. The Memory of computer get clogged when you are running multiple programs simultaneously over a long period of time and each time when a user does anything in any of the program, it can freeze the RAM. Here we are providing some fixes for the both of problems.

Following are the steps to be followed to reclaim your computer memory:

Shut down every program that is running in the windows. Reclaiming the memory means you are freeing up RAM space available. It is very easy although many users think that they can’t do it. Restart your pc. It should not be shut down every time. If the user is going away for few minutes or few hours then the pc should not be shut down. You should not restart the pc until you are going away for few days. Looking on other side, if the pc is running slowly and you are facing the program glitches then it is the time to restart your pc. You should replace the RAM chip if you persist a constant problem. Testing of the RAM is a quite difficult task until you have the specialized equipments. These days   RAM chips are available in market at relatively cheap cost, so buying the new RAM chips is probably the best option for you to boost your pc performance.

Things to keep in mind during the normal operation of your system:

You should clean up the hard drive periodically to avoid such memory related problems. Optimizing the RAM once in every 3 months should solve your daily routine problems. Also you should back up your hard drive files before starting the RAM optimization process. Although the optimization programs are safe but if a serious problem occurs, it can cause a data loss. You can also use a program called disc repair utility or Disk Warrior. It is best to run such type of programs routinely. When a fragmentation problem occurs, such programs will surely solve your problem and save your most of the time. An important task is to free up your RAM and to defragment your hard disk drive. You can run the disk defragmentation utility to check the extent of fragmented disk. The result of this operation will let you know about the percentages of your hard drive that is still fragmented how much of the hard drive is fragmented. If your hard drive is severely fragmented then you should run the optimization program. After this operation you should check once more the extent of fragmented disk, if it show a ordered hard drive with properly defragmented segments then you will get maximum performance out of your RAM.

How to determine PC Memory Timing

Before we go ahead and see the way to check and change the memory timing we should understand what it is, because if we over clock the time or under clock the time it could result in non-functioning of the computer. We know that computer is a digital device and works on the presence and non-presence of the charge which is represented by 1 and 0 in binary language. All the processing power and speed of memory etc depends upon the number of times the chip can turn from 1 to 0 or 0 to 1. This change in the phase is called a one cycle and transfers and processing happens only during the rising of the cycle. The more cycles per second, more would be the speed of your computer. In this article we are discussing about the timing of the memory (RAM) so we will restrict our discussion only to it. The timing can be seen as the frequency of completing one cycle or completing some number of cycles in one second. The more the per second number the more would be the speed of your computers memory.

Every memory chip has its own defined speed limits and it works efficiently only if used within that range. You would have noticed that with advanced processors we need advances memory chips as well. People often over clock the speed of the memory and this results failure of the chip or crashes of the system. One should always be aware of the memory clock range before changing the same. Since all this is taken care by the BIOS of the computer so the settings related to the speed of the computer can only be viewed and changed from the BIOS. BIOS is the Basic Input/output System present on every mother-board of computer which manages and controls every hardware or chip connected to it. To enter the BIOS you need to start the computer and start tapping the key which is predefined by the manufacturer to enter the BIOS. Generally it is the Esc key or the F1, F2, F10 or Del key. Press the correct key and enter the BIOS. The interface of the BIOS would depend upon the make and version of the BIOS but generally you would find an option called “Advanced Chipset Options” in every BIOS on the very first screen.

Use the arrow keys to highlight the Advanced Chipset Options and press enter to see the further options. In the Advanced Chipset Options you would find DRAM Configuration option. Highlight this option using the memory keys and press enter. Now you will find the values like CAS Latency, RAS to CAS delay, Pre-charge, and Cycle time in the DRAM Configuration screen. The cycle time would be showing you the timing of your memory and if you wish you can change the same from here, but let me iterate that this should only be done if you know the correct configuration of the computer and cycle range of the memory.

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