- Architectural design
- Graphic design
- Medical industry including dental
- Photography and videography
- Film industry
- Verify there is room for more memory
- Verify the device supports more RAM than is installed
- Document how much RAM the video card currently has available
Be sure to check the following before purchasing additional RAM for the device so that effort is not wasted:
Verify there is room for more memory
Verify the device has a memory slot available. Memory slots are called DIMM slots (SO-DIMM in laptops). They almost always come in pairs, and are easy to locate because memory sticks are long, narrow and not very tall. Memory is locked into the motherboard with tabs that can be pushed down and away to allow the memory to be removed or replaced.
On a computer, simply open the case and check to see if there are any DIMM slots available. On a laptop or ultrabook, check the back of the case. It is common for laptops to have RAM installed on the top side of the motherboard with a second slot available on the back side. Usually you can find this area by the memory icon located next to a panel that can be opened by removing a single screw.
NOTE: Do not attempt this if you are uncomfortable with the process. Also, some devices require half of the case to be removed and this can be more difficult. Consult a professional for help if this is not something you have done before.
An example of DIMM slots on a motherboard (SO-DIMM slots are half this length):
Verify the device supports more RAM than is installed
If there are no available memory slots, verify the device supports more RAM than is already installed. This can be verified by checking the product guide or manual. While product guides rarely ship with devices anymore, they can be found on the manufacturer's website. Go to the support section and enter the device's product number to locate informative materials specific to that device.
When all DIMM slots are being used, memory can still be increased if the existing memory is replaced with larger capacity memory. For example, a computer with two DIMM slots that supports 16GB of RAM, currently housing two 4GB sticks of RAM, could be upgraded by replacing the existing memory with two 8GB sticks of RAM.
If you are unsure how much RAM is already installed on the computer, check to be sure the computer is not already running at maximum capacity:
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Right-click "This Computer" and select "Properties".
- The amount of memory is listed under the System section.
Adding RAM to the deviceOnce you have determined additional memory can be added to a device, purchase and install the memory. Be sure you know which version of RAM the device is capable of using as the connections for DDR3 and DDR4 are not interchangeable.
- Power off the machine before installing or removing memory.
- Once the device boots up for the first time after installing memory, you will hear a beep and be prompted by a BIOS screen acknowledging the change to the system hardware.
- Accept the change and the device will boot normally.
- Check the RAM available to the video card again and compare it against the original number. The available RAM should be higher than what was originally available.
- Install additional programs as necessary or try using programs that were not running correctly.