A couple of notes on HP (full-size) desktops and hardware changes

January 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Most computers were still coming with 512MB of RAM–half a gig–practically all the way through XP’s supposed lifetime; many supposedly Vista-capable computers had that too.  That’s one reason you might open the box.  Another is the lower end of computers often don’t have DVD/RW capabilities and installing them is much cheaper than getting them from the factory.

First of all, make sure all power is off to the computer.  Every time.

The right side, looking at the back end of the computer, comes off first.  That’s the side with the thumb screws, that you don’t have to use a screwdriver on.  Just get them out of the case; they’re made to stay in the side you just loosened.  They’ll sort of dangle there.  Pull the side out toward you.  You’ll see the memory slots (usually two of them in an HP Pavilion).  If you have the RAM you want to install you’ll see the resemblance.  Pull the clips back and pull the memory up.  There is a slot that has to be aligned, so when you pull out the RAM, look at how it came out.  Never force RAM in.  Insert your RAM.  Push the clips on.  You can find this a lot of places with pictures, which I haven’t included.  They’ll likely be generic for RAM; I’m talking about how the covers come off and only incidentally about the memory (or RAM, which is Random Access Memory).

The front cover then has instructions for removal.  You’ll find them toward the front of the computer and on the bottom of the case.  This little tidbit is useful because it differs a bit from many cases which come off a tad differently (here, I won’t bother with details).  The extra DVD or CD drive…goes in from the front.  You do want to fasten both sides if you add another drive.  The other side of the case comes about much like the right side did, except it doesn’t have the thumbscrews.

The RAM gets added because the real minimum seems to be about two gigs, or 2048 MB or whatever you want to call it.  (A kilobyte isn’t a thousand bites, it’s 1024, and I’m not bothering with the math.  Thousand bytes, I mean.  8])


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