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Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Information
Electrostatic discharge , or the release of static electricity, can damage any of the electronic components of a computer such as the disk drive, system board, processor, memory, add-in boards, etc. ESD occurs when you touch an object that conducts electricity and is at a different electrical potential than you are. To protect your memory module from ESD, keep the module in its original ESD-protective package. Do not remove from the protective packaging until you are ready to install it.


  • Memory modules

  • Nonmagnetic tip screwdriver (for removing cover only)

  • Your computer's manual

Rules of Thumb for Memory Module Installation

  1. Make sure that you are working in a static safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your work space, and make sure to keep your computer plugged in but with the power turned off. Keeping your PC plugged in will keep the case grounded, thus reducing the chance of damaging the module or system from ESD. Touch an unpainted metal part of your case before touching your new modules or any other components in your system.

  2. Refer to your computer's manual when removing the computer's cover.

  3. Ground yourself by touching any of the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer's frame. (This will remove any static electricity from your body or clothing)

  4. Locate your computer's memory expansion slots (consult your owners manual).

  5. Insert your memory upgrade according to the illustrations in this guide. Note how the modules are keyed to the socket. This insures that the module will be aligned correctly.

  6. Once the module(s) have been installed, the computer's cover can be replaced. The installation is now complete.

Note: When restarting your computer you may get a message prompting you to update the configuration settings. Refer to your computer's manual on how to accomplish this step.


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