How to increase the RAM of a laptop
Not much in laptops is upgraded (or at least difficult), but increasing the amount of RAM is easy enough in many cases. This step-by-step instruction on how to increase the RAM of a laptop is aimed primarily at novice users. It can also be useful: is it possible to put different RAM on a laptop or computer.
Some laptops of the past may have configurations that are not completely balanced by today’s standards, for example, Core i7 and 4 GB of RAM, although it can be increased to 8, 16 or even 32 GB for some laptops, which for a number of applications, games, work with and photography can speed up work and is relatively inexpensive. It should be borne in mind that to work with a large amount of RAM, you will need to install 64-bit Windows on a laptop (provided that 32-bit is currently used), in more detail: Windows does not see RAM.
What RAM is needed for a laptop
Before buying memory sticks (RAM modules) to increase RAM on a laptop, it would be nice to know how many RAM slots there are and how many of them are occupied, as well as what type of memory you need. If you have Windows 10 installed, then this can be done very simply: start the task manager (you can from the menu that appears by right-clicking on the Start button), if the task manager is presented in a compact form, click the button below, then go to the Performance tab and select Memory.
At the bottom right, you will see information about how many memory slots are used and how many are available, as well as data on the memory frequency in the Speed item (from this information you can find out if DDR3 or DDR4 memory is used on a laptop, the type of memory is also indicated at the top of the spacing). Unfortunately, this data is not always accurate (sometimes the presence of 4 slots or sockets for RAM is displayed, although in fact there are 2 of them).
In Windows 7 and 8, there is no such information in the task manager, but the free CPU-Z program will help us here, showing in detail information about a computer or laptop. You can download the program from the official website of the developer at https://www.Cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html (I recommend downloading the ZIP archive to run CPU-Z without installing it on your computer, it is in the Download column on the left).
After downloading, run the program and pay attention to the following tabs that will help us in the task of increasing the laptop’s RAM:
On the SPD tab, you can see the number of memory slots, its type, size and manufacturer.
Note: in some cases, CPU-Z may show 4 memory slots for laptops, in which there are actually only 2 of them. Take this into account, as well as the fact that almost all laptops have exactly 2 slots (except for some gaming and professional models).
For example, from the screenshots above, you can draw conclusions:
- The laptop has two slots for RAM.
- One is occupied by a 4 GB DDR3 PC3-12800 module.
- The used HM77 chipset, supported by a maximum amount of RAM 16 GB (this is searched on the Internet by chipset, laptop model or motherboard).
This way I can:
- Buy another 4GB RAM SO-DIMM (laptop memory) DDR3 PC12800 and increase the laptop memory to 8GB.
- Buy two modules, but 8 GB each (4 will have to be removed) and increase the RAM to 16 GB.
Ram for laptop
To work in dual-channel mode (and this is preferable, because the memory works faster, with twice the frequency), two modules of the same volume are required (the manufacturer may be different, if, for example, we use the first option) in two slots. Also keep in mind that the maximum amount of supported memory is based on all slots: for example, the maximum memory is 16 GB and there are two slots, this means that you can install 88 GB, but not one 16 GB memory module.
In addition to these methods to determine what memory is needed, how many free slots there are, and how much it can be maximized, you can use the following methods:
Look for information on the maximum amount of RAM specifically for your laptop on the Internet. Unfortunately, such data is not always available on official sites, but often on third-party sites. For example, if you enter the query laptop_model max ram into Google, one of the first results is a website from the memory manufacturer Crucial, which always has accurate data on the number of slots, the maximum amount and type of memory that can be used (example of information in the screenshot below).
How to install RAM in a laptop
In this example, we will consider the option of installing RAM in a laptop, when it was directly provided by the manufacturer in this case, access to the memory slots is facilitated, as a rule, there is a separate cover for this. Previously, it was almost the standard for laptops, now, in the pursuit of compactness or for other reasons, separate technological covers for replacing components (eliminating the need to remove the entire lower part) are found only on some devices of the corporate segment, workstations and other laptops that go beyond consumer segment framework.
Those. In ultrabooks and compact laptops there is nothing like this: you need to unscrew and carefully remove the entire bottom panel, and the disassembly scheme may differ from model to model. Over, for some laptops, such an upgrade will void the warranty, please consider this.
Note: if you do not know how to install memory in your laptop, I recommend that you go to YouTube and search for the key phrase laptop model ram upgrade with a high probability you will find where the whole process, including the correct removal of the cover, will be demonstrated visually. I quote exactly the English-language request for the reason that in Russian it is rarely possible to find a disassembly of a particular laptop and installation of memory.
Turn off your laptop, including from the outlet. It is also advisable to remove the battery (if it cannot be disconnected without opening the laptop, then disconnect the battery first after opening).
When finished, replace the cover, install the battery, if necessary, connect to the mains, turn on the laptop and check if the BIOS and Windows can see the installed RAM.
What you need to know when replacing RAM?
The first thing to know about the memory that needs to be replaced is what type you have in your candy bar. Today, two types of RAM are common. Dimm and SO-DIMM. The essence is the same, just different forms, one smaller than the other. You also need to know the speed and the maximum amount of supported memory. It is desirable that the memory modules are from the same manufacturer, of the same size and speed. For example, on Windows7 (32bit) a maximum of only 4GB of RAM is supported, if you have 4 memory slots and a maximum volume of 8GB, then it is possible that modules with a volume of no more than 2GB can be installed on each slot (2×4 = 8).
Dimm and SO-DIMM memory
You also need to know about the two-channel operating mode of RAM, for example. Two 2GB modules will be faster than one 4GB memory module. Working conditions in two-channel mode: identical modules in all parameters, support by the motherboard of this mode. So if the slots are better enough to use the dual-channel capability, the performance gain can be from 10 to 70%.
The conclusions can be made as follows. First we carefully study all the characteristics, what is there and how, then we just buy. What memory is installed on your machine, how many slots, speed, and the like, you can find out from the specification on the manufacturer’s website or in the instructions for the candy bar.
Specifications for the all-in-one on the HP website. Volume, speed and type.
Modernization of monoblock computer: replacement of RAM
We decided to upgrade the monoblock computer, or rather to increase the RAM, but is it possible? Yes, it is possible, however, it is a little more difficult to make an upgrade in a monoblock, since you will have to tinker more to disassemble it than when replacing elements of the system unit. We will show you how you can replace or add RAM to the candy bar. Replacement instructions are shown for the most popular models from Lenovo, Sony, Acer, Asus, HP, MSI. For AIO PC models and manufacturers that are not covered in these examples, the upgrade will be similar, look carefully at how others do it and you will understand how to change the RAM for your model.
Add RAM to HP Pavilion 23-h000
Let’s look at an illustrative example of replacing RAM using the example of a monoblock computer HP Pavilion 23-h000. First of all, put the monoblock with the screen down, put a soft cloth so as not to scratch the screen.
To open the back cover, unscrew the two screws at the bottom of the case.
When you unscrew the lid, it will rise slightly.
Slowly pull the cover up, in other places it is fastened with latches
This is what the lid looks like from the inside.
Here you can see in what ways the monoblock is attached.
To access the RAM, you need to open the metal case, unscrew the three bolts and raise.
To remove the RAM from the slot, move the holders to the sides.
So-DIMM memory slots, one module removed.
So-DIMM RAM module, how small it is.
Replacing the RAM modules, we perform all the actions in the reverse order, this completes the work.
Sony RAM is disabled or unavailable
Official deliveries began only in 2005. The quality of the notebooks matches the Sony image. They simultaneously combine high manufacturability with reliability and quality. The main series of Sony Vaio laptops:
The F and P series are portable;
The J and L series represent desktop computers for all types of multimedia entertainment;
The S, YA and Z series are made up of the most powerful notebooks;
The C and E series represent an excellent combination of quality, reliability and price.
Ram is disabled.
Sony memory. Sony vaio laptop upgrade
The development of technology is now proceeding by leaps and bounds. Yesterday, a still quite modern laptop today ceases to cope with the usual tasks. This becomes especially noticeable if the laptop is more than three years old. In this case, you need to upgrade your device. What are the possible options?
Review: Instructions for replacing memory, hard drive and DVD RW laptop SONY VAIO PCG-3E2 VGN-CS215J.
To improve performance, you can replace some components. The processing power of the system is determined by the processor. But it is not possible to replace it in every laptop. In older models, this option is not provided. In newer ones, such an operation can be performed, but practice shows that the performance gain will be low. Modern volumes of information are quite large. Hard disk space may not be enough to save all your data. Replacing an old hard drive with a larger one will solve the problem of storage space, but will not solve the problem of improving performance. Most often, the performance of a laptop rests against the upper limit of the amount of installed memory.
Instruction: How to increase the RAM of a laptop.
Random access memory is intended for storing temporary data. They are stored there while the laptop is turned on. And with its disconnection, when the memory is also disabled or inaccessible during the disconnection process, they are deleted. In the process of work, all information of the operating system and programs running at that moment is saved in memory. Therefore, the more memory is installed, the more information will fit into it. If there is not enough RAM, some of the information is stored on the hard disk, and in this case, its processing is much slower.
Ram for Sony Vaio laptop, as well as for others, is made in the form of separate modules, which are also called strips. Memory is installed in slots, special connectors that are located under the keyboard or under the lid in the bottom of the laptop.
First you need to find out what type of memory is installed in the laptop and how many modules. Older models use DDR memory. The new ones already have DDR2 memory. Well, the latest type of DDR3 memory is installed in the most modern laptops. Externally, the modules are similar. But the newer the memory, the faster it works. All of these types of memory are used in Sony laptops.
Video: review of Sony Vaio Fit SVF1521P1RW from ION.
Increasing the amount of RAM in the system will significantly speed up the performance of the laptop. First, using special utilities, you need to determine how many slots there are on the motherboard and the number of modules installed in them. For example, if a laptop has two slots for installing memory, and only one module is installed, it will be enough to add another module. If all slots are occupied, then you need to replace the installed strips with larger modules. For normal laptop operation, you need at least 1 GB of RAM. Sony multifunctional computers get a second life with more installed memory.
Sony memory is disabled or unavailable. Ram for sony vaio laptop.