Word to the Wise – RAM


E.g adding some more RAM to your computer to increase performance or speed

While browsing the Clubroom you have probably seen Tim or I talking about RAM. Sometimes we suggest adding RAM to your computer to make it run faster, or adding it so you can run more programs. Adding RAM to your PC is a great way to increase performance, and can solve a few problems!

But what is RAM? RAM stands for “Random Access Memory”. You don’t really need to know that because no one will ever ask you, but it’s interesting all the same! Every time you open a program, it gets loaded from the hard drive into the RAM. This is because reading data from the RAM is much faster than reading data from the hard drive. If the computer wanted to read it from the hard drive, it would be so slow, because the hard drive has quite a lot of information on it. It would take longer to find the right files and such!

The more RAM your computer has, the more data can be loaded from the hard drive into the RAM, which is what speeds up your computer. Basically, it makes programs run quicker and stops them from crashing.

To check how much RAM you have, RIGHT click on “My Computer” or “Computer”, and select Proterties. It should tell you there!

Hope you found that interesting!


18 comments to Word to the Wise – RAM

  • James Crawford
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    Apropos your questionnaire about the use of Facebook, Twitter etc.,it seems to me from what I know about them,that whatever you enter in them be comes beyond your control and almost inevitably ends up as common property so I never use them. Perhaps I’m wrong though ?

  • Mr Des Thomas
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    My daughter is visiting and she’s brought with her an android tablet. She tried to connect it to my other daughter’s wi-fi. She entered the password and the tablet said ‘Authenticating’. After a minute or so it said ‘Problems authenticating’, and it wouldn’t connect to the wifi. What could be the problem do you think?

    Thank you,

    Des Thomas

    • Georgia
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      Hi Des. I’ve not come across this problem before, but let’s see if we can find you a solution. Other people who has experienced this have tried the following:

      Restarting the router, and trying again.
      Switching the tablet onto Airoplane mode or “Flight” mode for two minutes, switching it off and trying again.
      Removing any networks from the tablet and then restarting it, trying to connect again.
      Also make sure you are using every symbol or number in the password (if there are any), it’s easy to miss out a character from the password!

      • James Crawford
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        If I use Twitter or Facebook how can I be completely sure that anything I put on them will only be capable of being accessed by the people I want or authorise ?

        • Georgia
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          HI James. Twitter is open to everyone, and anyone can see your posts, so I would be careful with that. But with Facebook, there are privacy options you can change, and people will only be able to see your information if they “add you as a friend”. Are you thinking about signing up to Facebook?

  • Georgia
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    Hello everyone.

    For those of you struggling to read – firstly, very sorry about that! The size of the words will vary on everyone’s screens, so here are a couple of tips for making it a bit easier.

    You can make the words larger on your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome) usually by holding down the CTRL key and tapping the + key. This increases the text on the page. Give that a try, and if that doesn’t work, you can always do my sneaky trick below:

    Another way of increasing text size AND printing the information out to share with others, is to COPY and PASTE the information into a word document, then increase the size of the text in the document itself. There is a number at the top of most word documents (next to the Bold, Italics and Underline symbols). You can increase that number to increase the size of the text.

    Hope those tips are useful :)

  • Geoff Bowes
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    I should like to know what information is correct to use on your computer when purchasing something on the internet, and which info. should never be used on your computer,

  • Leonora
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    Hi Georgia
    Yes your information about RAM is very interesting and all this extra knowledge keep me up to date. So a big Thank you.
    Hope you all had a Happy Christmas and wishing you all the best for 2013

    • Georgia
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      Hope you had a lovely Christmas & New Year Leonora! Wishing you all the best, too :) I’m glad our “Words to the wise” are helpful!

  • Roy Gibbs (Gibby)
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    Hi there, Georgia. I also would like to know how I can increase the RAM. I have just purchased a Desktop Computer, A Compaq, but it has only 954MB’s on it, so have just purchased another 4 gb to boost it up. Is this the same thing?

    • Georgia
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      Hi Roy. Yes, that sounds about right!

      There is a handy scan you can run to see how much RAM you have, and whether or not you need some more. Click on the following website: http://www.crucial.com/uk/

      Then click on “System scanner”, which is at the bottom of the large picture. Installing RAM is relatively simple, but you would need to take your PC apart, so I would recommend getting someone to come round and do it for you. But you should be able to buy the RAM yourself with the information given from that site above.

  • John Munro
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    Thank you. Firstly, I agree with ‘Arh’ above. I no longer have 20-20 vision, and long lines of 8pt are hard to read – uninviting.
    Secondly, how do I get more RAM, please? Can I install it myself?

  • Mollie Taylor
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    Thank you Georgia for your note about RAM, which I will try to stow away carefully in case of need.

    When I first got in touch with Tim, I used my full name of Mary Anderson Taylor, which appears on my cheques etc, but I’m always known as Mollie. My husband is Ian Taylor (I.B.Taylor) and we live amicably at Weybridge, so I wondered if we could have joint membership of Inner Circle because we share each other’s mail etc although he has a PC and I have a laptop linked to the PC. At the moment it looks as if we are a threesome, so I’m trying to simplify matters. I hope this is helpful e.g.so that you need not send duplicates!
    Sincerely Mollie Taylor

  • Arh
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    Thank you – but is there any way of sending these *words to the wise” out for those with failing sight ? This is (for one) terribly small print even on a pretty hefty screen – and
    needs to be printed out and then enlarged with a magnifying glass ! (Words for the ignorant ??)

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