Introduction

The RAM is one of the components that determine the "speed" of a computer. The RAM is also commonly referred to as the memory card or just memory.

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Image 1/1: Be sure to touch any metal surface with your hand to discharge any static electricity that might have built up.
  • Make sure the computer is unplugged.

    • Be sure to touch any metal surface with your hand to discharge any static electricity that might have built up.

  • Make sure all auxiliary cords are disconnected from the desktop. If not, remove them using your hands.

  • Set the desktop down horizontally with the front side facing you.

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Image 1/2: Press the buttons on both sides using your index fingers. Image 2/2: Press the buttons on both sides using your index fingers.
  • Hold the desktop with two hands by grasping both sides of the desktop.

  • Press the buttons on both sides using your index fingers.

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Image 1/3: Make sure that the bottom is still secured by both hands. Image 2/3: Lay the desktop back on the table and pull the case forward as far as it can go. Image 3/3: Lift the cover up and off.
  • Slide the top cover about an inch forward using your thumb to push it towards you.

    • Make sure that the bottom is still secured by both hands.

  • Lay the desktop back on the table and pull the case forward as far as it can go.

  • Lift the cover up and off.

In this step, make clear that the CPU is lifted in the air to aide in the cover separation. Cover removal for a CPU is usually the most time consuming step if not clearly outlined. Employ brevity but clarity.

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  • Using your hand, grip the Optical Drive and lift it up into a 45 degree angle.

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  • Disconnect the power supply cord and the SATA cord using your hands to pull them out.

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Image 1/2: Using your opposite hand, use your fingers to push the back of the drive forward and slide it out away from the desktop. Image 2/2: Using your opposite hand, use your fingers to push the back of the drive forward and slide it out away from the desktop.
  • Using your left index finger, lift the upper green tab found on the left side of the green piece.

  • Using your opposite hand, use your fingers to push the back of the drive forward and slide it out away from the desktop.

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Image 1/2: It will help if you lay the device flat in order to remove the drive. Image 2/2: It will help if you lay the device flat in order to remove the drive.
  • Grasp the optical drive with your right or left hand and pull the drive out towards you.

    • It will help if you lay the device flat in order to remove the drive.

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  • Using your right hand, grip the CD drive and lift it up to a 90 degree position.

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Image 1/2: Repeat the same process to remove the two cords connected to the Hard Drive. Image 2/2: Repeat the same process to remove the two cords connected to the Hard Drive.
  • Use your hand, whichever you prefer, to grip the two cords on the CD drive and remove the two cords by pulling up.

  • Repeat the same process to remove the two cords connected to the Hard Drive.

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Image 1/1: At the same time as you are lifting the green flap, use your left hand to lift the hard drive up and out.
  • Use your right index finger to pull forward the green flap on the side of the hard drive.

    • At the same time as you are lifting the green flap, use your left hand to lift the hard drive up and out.

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Image 1/3: While pressing the tab, lift up the power supply the same way you lifted up the optical drive. Image 2/3: You lifted the optical drive by grasping it with the opposite hand while pressing the tab and pulling it outward way from the center of the device. Image 3/3: You lifted the optical drive by grasping it with the opposite hand while pressing the tab and pulling it outward way from the center of the device.
  • Using your right index finger, press the tab with the green sticker located underneath the power supply.

  • While pressing the tab, lift up the power supply the same way you lifted up the optical drive.

    • You lifted the optical drive by grasping it with the opposite hand while pressing the tab and pulling it outward way from the center of the device.

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Image 1/1: Repeat the same process to remove the internal card power cable.
  • Remove the two cables on the motherboard by grasping the cables with your hand and pulling the cables up and out.

  • Repeat the same process to remove the internal card power cable.

    • This is the same process as preformed when you previously removed the power cables from the optical drive and the hard drive.

    • Some cables may have small clips securing them in place. If so, be sure to press these clips inward using your fingers before pulling them out.

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Image 1/2: Gripping the power supply with your hand, lift the power supply up to remove from the desktop. Image 2/2: Gripping the power supply with your hand, lift the power supply up to remove from the desktop.
  • Continue to rotate the power supply to a 90 degree angle pointing upward.

  • Gripping the power supply with your hand, lift the power supply up to remove from the desktop.

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Image 1/1: If not, grasp the necessary cables with your hand and pull the cables straight out.
  • Ensure that the cables connecting the power supply and the drives to the desktop are completely removed.

    • If not, grasp the necessary cables with your hand and pull the cables straight out.

  • For easier access, lift the CD Drive and power supply away from each other in upwards directions so that each are at 90 degree angles.

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Image 1/1: Make sure you exert the same amount of force on either side so that the RAM pops out correctly.
  • Using your index fingers, press the two tabs on the sides of the RAM stick.

    • Make sure you exert the same amount of force on either side so that the RAM pops out correctly.

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Image 1/2: The RAM card is a very indestructible component, so don't get worried if you scruff by accident. Image 2/2: The RAM card is a very indestructible component, so don't get worried if you scruff by accident.
  • The RAM should pop right out. If not, wiggle the RAM a little first and then use your hand to pull it straight out.

  • The RAM card is a very indestructible component, so don't get worried if you scruff by accident.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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