There are several things that cause a computer to have RAM issues. You suspect the RAM because your browsers are taking forever to load, or your pictures don’t spring up as they would normally, or maybe your music keeps getting interrupted by the hourglass or the circling arrow icon. The same circling arrow comes up when your trying to watch a movie. All these can be indicators of RAM problems. If the computer normally works better that this then try the following fix:
First check to see if your computer recognizes all the RAM installed. Go to the start icon in the lower left hand side of your screen and right click go all the way up the lines of things to do with your computer till you find System and left click. Read the specs of your machine to find RAM count. If you know you have 16 gigabytes of RAM installed, and you click on system to find the properties, then it says 8 gigabytes of RAM. This is the most common ram issue. The fix for this is to open the case and put on your electrostatic wrist strap then ground it to the case. Make sure everything is unplugged and removed from the computer before opening the case. Go to your RAM bank. This looks like two vertical rows attached to the main board by levers on either end. One of those rows of RAM is probably leaning while the other is parallel with the board. Push down on the high side of the leaning ram and you will here a click and the lever on that side locks into the ram chip. Put the case back on and plug everything back up to go through the System check again. If it shows your normal 16 gigabytes of RAM. Your repair is complete.
There are other things that sometimes cause RAM problems. If you are not sure about anything take it to computer repair johns creek . Sometimes when trying to increase RAM the amateur will put in RAM chips that are different from the kind the motherboard supports. Instructions for kind of RAM, should be in the user’s manual. Sometimes the board will have two different kinds of RAM. When I say different I’m not talking brand names but actual RAM types. To find if this is the problem remove both sticks and compare them. The numbers should match. If one is 667, the other should be 667. These numbers represent the speed of the chip in megahertz.
If one is DDR3-1333, then the other should be DDR3-1333. Both sides of the bank of RAM should always match, unmatched RAM will always be incompatible with your computer whether PC or Laptop. To see if your RAM matches, go through the above System diagnosis.
You can’t just add 16 gigabytes of ram and expect it to show on your computer. If it doesn’t register, it is useless. Always buy RAM suggested in the computer manual or motherboard booklet.
There is another consideration, the maximum amount of RAM that the computer will support is always listed in the spec of your machine. If you’ve already got 16 gigabytes and the specs quote 16 gigabytes as maximum, you can’t add any more RAM. Any attempt at trying to get more RAM than maximum will only damage the machine. A graphics card with it’s own RAM, might solve movie or game problems.