How to Determine Ram Type


Consumers interested in upgrading or installing RAM (random access memory) may want to determine the RAM type currently installed in their computers. This can be difficult to accomplish without going inside the computer case and actually removing a memory stick to view the desired information. Although there are some freeware applications available for download from the Internet that can determine the memory type installed on your computer, some users may choose to retrieve the information from the memory stick itself. In this article you will learn several methods for determining which type of RAM is installed on your system.

Part 1
Remove a Memory Stick to Determine RAM Type

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Power down your computer and turn off the power switch located on the back of your computer case, near the power cord socket. Remove the case door and locate the memory slots on the motherboard. The slots, which are approximately 4.5 to 5 inches (10 to 12 cm) long, typically will be lined up in a row of 4 to 8. Depending on amount of RAM installed on your system and the number of memory slots on your motherboard, some of the slots may be empty.

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Choose a memory stick on the outside edge of the row of slots that seems easiest to access. Notice that there are 2 plastic tabs situated on either side of each memory slot. Place your thumbs squarely onto the tabs on either side of the memory stick you wish to remove, and press down firmly but gently. The memory stick will rise partially from the memory slot. Grasp the memory stick between your thumb and forefinger and pull it out the rest of the way.

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Document the name of the manufacturer and the memory type information. Reinsert the memory stick by lining it up with the slot, then press down, applying equal pressure on each end with your thumbs. The tabs on either side of the slots will rise up and lock into place. Replace the case door and turn on the power switch.

Part 2
Perform a Live System Scan to Determine RAM Type

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Some of the major manufacturers now provide free, live scans that can determine the RAM specifications for most systems. Visit the website of your preferred manufacturer and run the available online scan to determine your system's RAM information.

Part 3
Refer to Your System's User Manual or Contact Tech Support to Determine RAM Type

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Often times this information will be included in the operating manual or on a separate spec sheet.

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If your service contract is not expired, contact technical support to obtain your systems hardware and memory specifications. Consult a support technician to determine the RAM type installed on your computer.