RAM is one of the most important components of the laptop. If it’s corrupt or fails, don’t expect your laptop to work properly. If the RAM is completely broken, the laptop will not be turned on.
Fortunately, in the event of a RAM failure, you do not have to make a complex and expensive repair in the service. Moreover, in most laptops’ models, it is quite possible to replace the broken RAM module on the correct one without contacting a qualified specialist. And if you have two RAM modules in your laptop, you can remove one faulty and leave the other serviceable. In this case, your laptop will work slower but will not give out errors.
In which case RAM needs to be replaced
Replacing the RAM module is required in the following cases:
- Ram failure. Full or partial.
- Increase RAM by replacing an existing module with a larger module or installing an additional memory module (if there is a dormant memory slot).
In which case, RAM extraction is required.
The ram modules are extracted in the following cases:
- The memory module needs to be replaced.
- The memory module needs to be checked on another laptop;
- The memory module and connector need to be cleaned;
- The memory module must be removed from the connector to ensure that the laptop is not functioning properly.
Extracting RAM from your laptop is not as difficult as it may seem at first glance. For this operation, you will need only a cross screwdriver and a little free time.
First, turn off your laptop and get the power battery out of it. Turn over the laptop and carefully inspect the bottom case. In almost all laptop models, RAM is hidden under a small panel that can be easily removed. Sometimes the panel can be larger because under it is RAM and other components of the laptop. This panel is also easy to remove.
Attention! In some laptop models, you need to disassemble the entire laptop to get to RAM.
Unscrew all the bolts on the panel with a small cross screwdriver. Gently remove the panel.
RAM is located in special connectors with side snaps, which are necessary for greater stability. Slowly pull the side latch away from the memory module and remove it from the connector. Try not to make sharp and sweeping movements. You can inadvertently damage the connectors.
At the same time, you can clean the memory slot from dust. It is best to do this with a large soft brush.
If you need to insert another module into the extracted memory module, then take a new module and horizontally combine it with the memory slot. Then slowly press on it so that the side latches from a distance click and securely fastened the slot module.
Place the panel and spin the bolts.
You’ve done it. Congratulations. It wasn’t hard.
Now you can put your laptop’s battery in place and connect it to the network.
How a laptop can behave after the memory is replaced
It’s not always the right thing to do when you replace your RAM module. How a laptop can behave after a replacement and what to do:
- The laptop is on and running. It’s all right; you don’t have to do anything;
- The laptop is turned on, but the black screen displays a warning or error. This is quite normal after the memory modules have been replaced. Go to BIOS (usually F1, F2 or Esc). And then get out of it, saving the changes. The laptop should be loaded and operated normally without any more errors or warnings;
- The laptop, when turned on, emits beeps and does not turn on. Check to see if you’ve secured the RAM modules correctly. Turn on your laptop again. If the beeps continue, it may be that the installed memory module is malfunctioning.
- The laptop does not issue any signals and does not turn on. Check to see if you’ve installed the memory module correctly if you’ve forgotten to connect your laptop to the network, and install a battery. If everything is fine, but the laptop is still not turned on, take it to the service centre to solve the problem.
A few tips when choosing a RAM module to replace
- Make sure the replacement module is right for your laptop. Typically, RAM information can be found in the specifications of your laptop;
- If you want to increase your memory, make sure your laptop supports RAM modules with the amount you want;
- If you want to deliver more than 3GB of RAM to your laptop, you’ll need to install a 64-bit operating system. Because the 32-bit OS doesn’t see more than 3GB of RAM. Even if you put 8GB, it will only work with three. The rest will not be involved.
- If you hope that with the increase in RAM, your old laptop will fly like the top model of 2014, you are deeply mistaken. You will be able to work with several open programs at once, but no more.