Laptop Memory

Know more about your Laptop memory

Laptop memory is used for storage of data and instructions that are currently being utilized by the processor. Random Access Memory, commonly referred to as RAM is the working memory that enables the CPU to operate at high speeds. Instructions and data that are to be processed are taken and placed on this memory before they can be processed and all the processed data are also stored in the RAM before being transferred to the secondary storage.

Information regarding laptop memory, its types, the memory specifications for laptops and can you self install laptop memory, is discussed in the following points:

  • About the memory

  • Memory specifications

  • Do-It yourself memory upgrades

About the memory

Most laptop PCs utilizes Small Outline Dual Memory In-line Memory Module, or the SO-DIMM. It is a diminutive adaptation of the desktop DIMM module. There are three main groups of SO-DIMM i.e. SDRAM, DDR-SDRAM and DDR2-SDRAM.

SDRAM an acronym for Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory allows for synchronization with the laptop allowing for an easy access. However, with advancement in technology this type of memory has been phased out. DDR SDRAM an acronym for Double Data Rate SDRAM, are the common types found in portable PCs. The DDR2 SDRAM is an upgrade of the SDRAM; it has better functionality and utilizes less power than previous memory thus conserving the PC power.

Memory specifications

The amount of memory largely hinges on the amount of work the user expects the machine to perform. Activities such as Internet browsing, word processing, and spreadsheet applications require much less memory in comparison to gaming and entertainment. The minimum memory requirement is 256 MB and can go as high as up to 2 GB. In addition to the user requirement’s hardware i.e. the CPU plays a large role on the RAM installed. You cannot have an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo running on a 256MB RAM; the same can be said of using high graphics adapter cards that require more RAM capacities.

Operating system such as Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 requires a minimum of 1GB RAM in order to be installed. Application software too, has its own minimum requirements. A user needs to take at all the application and user needs before settling on a RAM capacity that will match the operational needs.

Do-It yourself memory upgrades

It is very much possible to install a memory on your own. At the bottom of the PC is a location for memory slots that has to be opened without uncovering the whole system. Once open, the user can gently release the clips holding the memory sticks and gently remove the current ones and firmly fix the new sticks.

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