Nt1310 Unit 1 Assignment

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Before altering the configuration of memory in any computer, the specifications for the computer must be checked. For this assignment, the PowerSpec X501 is being used as an example of a desktop computer that can accommodate a memory upgrade. The PowerSpec X501 desktop computer comes with 16GB of internal memory. The specifications for the PowerSpec X501 state that the system can be upgraded to 128GB. The specifications also state which type of memory should be used. In this case, to add the additional memory, a DDR4-2666 card is used (microcenter, 2015). The next step is to determine whether the computer will use a “SIMM (single in-line memory module) or a DIMM (dual in-line memory module)” (Sanders, 2015, para. 2). This particular computer uses a DIMM (microcenter, 2015).…show more content…
When installing RAM, all input devices should be removed from the computer. The computer itself must be shut off; personally I also unplug mine. The main danger when working on a computer is static electricity. Any kind of shock can render the RAM unusable; the person installing the RAM can also be shocked. As I learned in my Computer Assembly class, the best way to prevent damage or injury from the static electricity is to use good safety equipment. Equipment to use would be an anti-static mat to set the computer on, anti-static gloves, and an anti-static wrist strap (kitchentablecomputers, 2009). Once the computer and the installer are set with safety gear, the next step would be to disassemble the computer and find the original RAM. The original RAM can be left in the computer if there are enough slots to put in the RAM that is being added (Sanders, 2009). When ready to install the new RAM module, handle it carefully by touching only the sides. The module must be inserted “firmly until you hear the retaining clips click” (Sanders, 2009, para. 7). The installation procedure is now complete, and the computer can be

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