Speed Up with More Ram

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One of the easiest and cheapest ways to repair or speed up any desktop or laptop computer is to install more ram.   More ram can speed up a computer without much expense, know-how, or trouble.  Bad ram will make your computer run poorly or not boot at all.

Installing ram is a three-step process:

  1. Every computer has a maximum amount of ram that it can take.  Figure out if your computer can take more ram and, if it can, what kind to buy.  Crucial’s website has a free utility that can do this for you.

    Crucial website where you choose which utility to use.

    Select one of these options.After you find out what kind and speed write it down and then go to the computer store and buy it.

  2. Go to the computer store and buy it.
  3. Open up your computer and install it.Photo of finger pushing ram into place.With a desktop this means laying it on its side if it is an upright tower or removing the top if it is a model that sits horizontally.  Usually you’ll need a screwdriver.  There are either screws or a lever that will release the top or side.  Once open, find the parallel strips of circuitry with two plastic release tabs on either side.  Add the new ram next to the old.  You need to match the slots of the memory stick with the protrusions on the motherboard and push it down until the plastic release tabs pop into place.  Both sides need to be securely in place.If you are removing the existing ram,  push down one tab.  The ram stick will pop out. Replace it with the new by lining up and matching slots to protrusions and pushing it into place until it snaps in.

    With a laptop, turn it over.  Make sure it is turned off, unplugged, and the battery removed.  You’ll find a several small openings or doors in the back which are held closed with small screws.  Usually the smallest is the opening to the ram.  You may have to open a couple until you find the right one. The sticks of ram are laying flat, usually one on top of the other.  They are held into place with small plastic tabs on each side. Push one of the tabs carefully to the side with your fingernail and it will release the ram.  Or if putting it into an empty slot, slide it in diagonally until it clicks in and lays flat.

Human hand placing the RAM memory card on laptop computer motherboard

Slide the ram in diagonally until it clicks into place and lays flat.

If you don’t want to do this repair yourself , Ducktoes can do it for you.

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Your Computer is Slow

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At Ducktoes, we use optimization tools up the ying-yang. One we dream about in our sleep is Auslogics Boost Speed. According to recent reviews, Auslogics speeds up computers by 15 to 20%. The reviewers used PC Mark to measure before and after results. And guess what all? Each computer lost over 20 lbs. and could fit into their old skinny jeans. Nah, Ms. Ducktoes has been going to Weight Watchers too long, and has skinny jeans on the brain, but the computers did lose the dead weight of needed tweaks and adjustments Microsoft failed to implement for speed. They ran 15 to 20% faster. Check it out here.

You'll have to buy your computer a new pair of jeans.

Before and After with PC Mark

Also AVG has recently partnered with Auslogics and incorporated Boost Speed into its PC Tools. Read about that here in a press release with PR Web. If you get PC Tools with AVG, you can use it once for free. According to AVG’s top programmers, the optimizations are also quite safe.

CNET Reviews Editors give Auslogics Boost Speed five stars. That’s the highest rating.

If you bring your computer in to Ducktoes, we’ll run all the optimizations for you. Then you’ll have to buy your computer a new pair of jeans. Or we can do this remotely for you, the optimizations, and, lol, even the shopping. Call 403-483-0105.

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How to Uninstall Mcafee When it won't Uninstall

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I’ve had to uninstall Mcafee Anti-virus products several times in the last week or so. People have let their licenses expire but that doesn’t keep the the anti-virus from running in the background and using up tons of resources. And when I try to remove it the usual way, by going to Start>Control Panel>Add and Remove Programs, it won’t uninstall. One older laptop computer I fixed in the last week had both expired Mcafee and Norton running, neither of which would uninstall. The poor computer was quite beleagured. And running very sloooo-ow.

So what I did was to go to the Mcafee site and search for their uninstall program. It works quite nicely, thank you very much.

Here it is http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100507

Follow Step 2, if you’ve tried Step 1 already.

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Put in More Ram – Desktop Computers

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One of the easiest things to do to increase your computer’s performance is to put in more ram. That’s the computer available to running processes while the computer is turned on. When you have more, your computer can do more, and in less time.

All you have to do to put in more ram is turn off and unplug the computer and open the case. Look for a long rectangular (sometimes two or more) strips of circuit board sticking up perpendicularly from the motherboard. They’re about three inches long. Each one has two holding pins on each end. Release the pins and voila, you’ve unseated the ram. Try not to touch the end with metallic connectors. Take the ram to your favorite computer parts store. Show it to the sales associate and say you want to increase the ram. Tell him or her how many sticks of ram are in the computer. They will recommend what to buy. Sometimes you can get a stick for $25 dollars or less.

Reseat your new ram in the same slot you took the old ones out. Match the indent on the ram stick to the plastic protusion sticking up on the slot. Push down firmly until the end pins snap into place. Put the case back on. Reboot the computer. It should run much faster now.

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How to Speed up your Computer – Part 6: Run Checkdisk

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Oops, somehow I missed How to Speed Up Your Computer – Part 6. So here it is:

Another way to speed up your computer is to run Checkdisk. The process is easy and fun to do (what I think is fun may seem strange to you). But, fun or not, at least this tunes up your computer and should be part of your regular computer maintenance.

Go to the Start button, then to Run. In the text box that appears, type “cmd “ (but without the quotation marks. This will bring up the dos prompt. Type this in: chkdsk c: /f /r /x
You have to type this in exactly. Hit enter. It will ask if you want to run this next time you start your computer. Type Y for yes. Restart your computer. Now go do something non-computer related. The process can take 30 minutes to a couple of hours.

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