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					RAM: Add more memory to your computer
Your computer is a little like your physical work area. The hard drive is the filing cabinet where
you store your documents, and memory—or RAM (random access memory)—is the desk where
you work. And when your RAM—like a full desktop—isn’t big enough to hold all your work
easily, your work slows down and becomes more difficult. A good solution is to expand the
space—or install more RAM.




If it suddenly seems that your computer can't keep up and the drive light is flickering like crazy,
it's probably time to install RAM. But before you unplug the cables, lug the machine to the car,
drive to the computer store, wait to have RAM installed, and pay for the service, read how to
install RAM yourself.

Determine how much RAM you have and how much you
need
Before you buy anything, you need to know how much memory you have and what type of
memory to buy.

Find out how much RAM your computer has

You can find out how much RAM is installed in your computer in two ways. You can open the
System Information dialog box to see the installed physical memory, or you can go to Control
Panel.

To open System Information, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System
Tools, and then click System Information. In the left pane, select System Summary. The
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) entry in the list tells you how much RAM your computer has.
The Installed Physical Memory (RAM) entry in the System Information list tells you how much
RAM your computer has.

				
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