What is RAM

United States
November 11, 2006 11:21am CST
Could someone please explain how I add RAM to my computer. I was told this might help with it's speed but know very little about such things. Thank you.
15 responses
@moneybags (222)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I have no idea. hope soemone else can hel pyou out
• United States
13 Nov 06
Thank you for your honesty. There have been several helpful replies.
@jihan81 (56)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 06
is easy for u to find someone there to teach u how to.Ok
• United States
13 Nov 06
Ok, I will have to look into that. Thank you so much for your help!
• India
13 Nov 06
Ram is random access memory, what is your current configuration now
• United States
13 Nov 06
I am not sure what my current configuration is now. How would I go about figuring that out? Thank you for your help and post!
@2treatme (1246)
• India
13 Nov 06
RAM - Random Access Memory that is all I know about it
• United States
13 Nov 06
Yeah that's about as far as I understoond too until all these kind people started filling me in. You might want to browse through some of the responses if you are curious to what it's all about. They are very informative and educational! Thanks for your reply.
• India
13 Nov 06
Random Access Memory. It is the internal memory of a computer. It is the brain of a computer.
• United States
13 Nov 06
Ahh I see. So I guess my computer is much in need of brain surgery then huh?
• India
13 Nov 06
Indian GOD "RAM". Every Indian is aware of it.
• United States
13 Nov 06
Well hey there is a meaning I hadn't even thought of. Thanks for your perspective!
@sweetcakes (3505)
• United States
13 Nov 06
RAM, in computer science, acronym for random access memory. Semiconductor-based memory that can be read and written by the microprocessor or other hardware devices. The storage locations can be accessed in any order. Note that the various types of ROM memory are capable of random access. The term RAM, however, is generally understood to refer to volatile memory, which can be written as well as read
• United States
13 Nov 06
Thank you for explaining the technical stuff to me. I appreciate it as I try to learn more!
@rookrook (1239)
• Italy
13 Nov 06
into the photo!
• United States
13 Nov 06
You mean that's how you add it?? I'm so confused when it comes to computer things!
@aswinvs (454)
• India
11 Nov 06
Ram - Ram
so u want more details or ram . ram is random access memeory it is an integral oart of a computer Random-access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data store used in computers that allows the stored data to be accessed in any order — that is, at random, not just in sequence. In contrast, other types of memory devices (such as magnetic tapes, disks, and drums) can access data on the storage medium only in a predetermined order due to constraints in their mechanical design. Generally, RAM in a computer is considered main memory or primary storage: the working area used for loading, displaying and manipulating applications and data. This type of RAM is usually in the form of integrated circuits (ICs). These are commonly called memory sticks or RAM sticks because they are manufactured as small circuit boards with plastic packaging and are about the size of a few sticks of gum. Most personal computers have slots for adding and replacing memory sticks. Most RAM can be both written to and read from, so "RAM" is often used interchangeably with "read-write memory." In this sense, RAM is the "opposite" of ROM, but in a more true sense, of sequential access memory. Computers use RAM to hold the program code and data during computation. A defining characteristic of RAM is that all memory locations can be accessed at almost the same speed. Most other technologies have inherent delays for reading a particular bit or byte. Many types of RAM are volatile, which means that unlike some other forms of computer storage such as disk storage and tape storage, they lose all data when the computer is powered down. Modern RAM generally stores a bit of data as either a charge in a capacitor, as in dynamic RAM, or the state of a flip-flop, as in static RAM. Software can "partition" a portion of a computer's RAM, allowing it to act as a much faster hard drive that is called a RAM disk. Unless the memory used is non-volatile, a RAM disk loses the stored data when the computer is shut down
• United States
13 Nov 06
Wow, you sure are a wealth of information aren't you!! That makes it alittle bit more understandable to me know. I remember the guy that suggested that getting more RAM would help my computer speed saying it was some kind of rod. Is this something any ol' person can add. How do you put it into your computer? Where do I order it from? My computer is a Dell Computer would Dell offer what I need? Thanks so much for your super informative post.
• United States
11 Nov 06
its a peice of hardware, it stands for randum acces memory it makes ur comp much faster yes so it would most deffinatly benefit your computer if u have more ram... well i think its good idea so get more ram asap =) and dont worry u will leanr these things fast
• United States
13 Nov 06
Thank you for your help. It sounds like you really understand these things. I will certainly check into finding someone around here who can help me get what I need to update my computer to work better. Thanks again.
@fullyhot (103)
• India
11 Nov 06
its a piece of hardware...get a technician to do so...
• United States
11 Nov 06
Ok, thank you for your help!
• India
13 Nov 06
ram is an accronym for Random Access Memory .it comes as a chip with capacities as 256MB , 512 MB and 1 GB ..get it and attach to your motherboard by going through the manual of CPU
• United States
13 Nov 06
RAM is Random Access Memory. To describe it in the easiest to understand terms: it's a chip that allows your pc to cache your most recently used data so that next time you try to run a program it loads quicker. Most pc's now a days are pre-loaded with 128-256 mb of RAM, but really... i reccommend nothing less than 512 mb of RAM. It's actually extremely simple to install, all you have to do is open your pc side cover, locate where the old RAM is on the motherboard, pop it out and replace with new RAM. The go ahead and sell your old RAM on eBay if you don't need it any longer!
• India
13 Nov 06
random acess memory.
@sudeep333 (565)
• India
13 Nov 06
well, in Computer World it's "Random Access Memory" and in Satyug " Bhagwan RAM" Bolo Ramchandra Ki "Jai" :)