How to Install Memory in an ASUS P5Q

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The installation of memory into a ASUS P5Q motherboard does not require much knowledge about computers. Memory is an important part of a computer system that allows for quick loading and overall computer speed. You will not lose any stored information when you change the memory of your computer. Another common name for memory is RAM (random access memory) or DIMM (dual in line memory module).

Things You'll Need

  • Available RAM (memory or DIMM)
  • ASUS P5Q motherboard
  • Choose the right memory. The user manual for the ASUS P5Q motherboard (http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10485188/ASUS-P5Q---User-Guide-Manual/) contains a chart on pages 39 to 41 of all the memory speeds and sizes that will work for this motherboard. Be sure to get the same clock speed and size; having identical RAM characteristics will allow your computer to maximize its speed.

  • Turn off and unplug your computer to prevent an electrical shock.

  • Find the memory slot on the ASUS P5Q motherboard. This motherboard has four slots with alternating color sets.

  • Pick the correct slots. The ASUS P5Q user manual states that for overclocking abilities, you should fill the yellow slots first. If you have one memory stick, insert it into any one of the slots. If you have two memory sticks to install, you MUST install them in the matching color slots. If you have four memory sticks, insert them as you please.

  • Ground yourself to make sure a discharge of static electricity doesn't ruin your computer parts! The article Hack Attack: How to Install RAM states that simply touching something metal from time to time will remove the static charge from you.

  • Unlock the memory socket by pulling the retaining clips outward.

  • Align the RAM to fit into the ports. Handle your memory by the edges only because fingerprints can decrease its performance.The RAM pins are split into two separate sections. One section will be larger than the other and it must fit accordingly in the motherboard.

  • Firmly push the memory stick into the slot until the retaining clips snap into place and the RAM is seated correctly.

  • Plug your computer back in and turn it on. The computer will automatically recognize and use the new memory. If you want to verify that it has been recognized, right click My Computer and under "Computer" you should see that your memory has changed accordingly.

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