My Computer Keeps Freezing: RAM

You can tell when you could use more RAM if you open a few programs on your computer only to find out that with each click, they are opening slower and slower. “My computer keeps freezing!” is the last thing you say before slamming your fists on the desk and walking away angrily.

What is RAM?

RAM stands for “Random-access memory” and is a form of computer data storage. Unlike hard drive memory, RAM is emptied out every time the computer is shut off. It decides how many programs can easily run at one time, and to an extent, how well one program can run. Most types of RAM fall under one of two choices. SRAM, or static RAM, stores a bit of the data in a state of flip-flop. DRAM, the more popularly used type of RAM, stands for dynamic RAM.

RAM Limits Under Windows

The standard amount of RAM in most computers is 4GB. This is because we are still in the “32-bit phase” where many people still own 32-bit operating systems. The maximum amount of RAM a 32-bit OS can handle is 4GB. This means that inputting any more than 4GB of RAM into a computer with a 32-bit OS will be wasted. 64-bit operating systems are becoming much more popular now, and with that, the RAM ceiling is increasing drastically. A basic 64-bit Windows Home installation can handle 8GB where as a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate can recognize 192GB. Most consumers own the Home or Professional version, but most do not have the maximum amount of RAM.

Installing RAM

Installing more RAM is the best money-to-speed ratio for making your computer run faster. What I mean is that, for the amount of money you will be paying, this is one of the best slow computer solutions available.

1. Determine what type of RAM is installed in your current system. Buying DDR2 RAM when your computer takes DDR3 will result in incompatibility issues. DDR3 RAM is not interchangeable with DDR2.

2. When the RAM is purchased and ready to be installed, make sure the computer is unplugged and the case is open.

3. Find the location of your current RAM inside your computer.

4. Assuming you have extra slots, be sure to put the RAM in the closest slot to the computer, and probably also closest to the current stick of RAM that is already in there.

5. There will be clips on each side of the slot that you must push back. Slide the RAM into a slot giving a fair amount of pressure. While pushing the RAM in, the clips should lock into place in nicks in the RAM sticks.

That is all the installation required. If when you turn on the computer you hear constant beep, that probably means the RAM was not fully pushed in all the way. Unplug everything and try to lock the clips in place again.

If successfully installed, “My computer keeps freezing” will be uttered much less often. The computer will be happier that it has more breathing room to load applications. This is the single most effective fix for a computer running slow.