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    Question Opening a computer safely :: How exactly?

    Hi all,

    I have just ordered 2 x 512mb Memory cards and, before I go about electrocuting myself, I would like to know how to open a computer safely (both to myself and the hardware)

    AND

    if you know of any good tutorials on the internet which could have a step by step guide to this it would be very much appreciated.
    I have never opened my computer before - let alone installed 2 memory cards!

    Regards,

    Jord
    Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

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    Opening the case will be different for each case, just look for screws or latches holding it closed. The top will then either slide off or open up.

    As for installing the memory push down the little latches on the motherboard so they are in the open position. Then take the memory holding it by the edges (not touching the actual memory chips) and slot them in. Then push down hard until the latches click into place.

    Just a note to make sure you get the memory the right way round, there will be a little notch about 2/3 of the way along, look at the motherboard and make sure this lines up with the slots.

    When you turn the computer on it might ask you to confirm the new RAM amounts. If not Windows will just load as normal.
    Steve

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    Turn off the PC,
    remove the power cord,
    press the power button to remove any power in the system,
    Earth yoursefl (use a radiator and then the computer case frame)
    take off the side that faces the motherboard,
    remove old ram,
    put in new ram,
    check the ram is in correctly,
    check again,
    push it down again,
    put the side of the case on again and screw it in,
    put back in the power lead,
    boot the pc and check the bios settings for the new ram.

    as for tutorials I think searching google would find lots.

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    Originally posted by Game-Zero


    as for tutorials I think searching google would find lots.
    Somewhat surprisingly - it doesn't.
    Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

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    Follow what me and steve said and those tutorials and you should be fine, it isnt even half as hard as it sounds.

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    Get a anto-static strap if your worried.

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    Don't forget to turn it off and unplug it...you'd be suprised how many times I've taken the side off my case when it's still on without realising. Windows used to have a habit of freezing on shut down with me :\

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    1. screwdriver
    2. anti-static workstation.
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    Its nothing to take off the case, i just unplugged everything and just took out the screws in back. I do this regulary to keep the dust down inside. =D

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    Instead of getting one of those, ground yourself to the computer case. Meaning, while working, make sure your arm is touching the computer case.

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    I open my computer for cleaning monthly....

    Sometimes I do it when its on

    But when I remove/edit/delete hardware parts I just turn it off from the front.. I dont see any reason why turn it off from the back....

    One time I tried inserting a CD drive while it was on..... guess what... nothing happened and when I restarted it later on the day.. the CD drive worked perfectly..

    Peace,
    Testing 1.. Testing 1..2.. Testing 1..2..3...

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    make sure you have all power off when you do take it off :p that is the single most important thing
    All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

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    Jord,

    What model computer -or- case do you have?
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    I believe almost everyone touched up on what needs to be done. As for grounding yourself, it isn't necessarily that important, but my saying is "Better be safe then sorry", especially when it comes down to precious hardware. The best way to ground yourself and the cheapest is to remove the "lid" and touch any metal part of the case for a few seconds and you should be good. Be careful, and learn while doing it!
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    you dont need to remove the power cord from teh back. as long as the machine is off you can quite safely swap out your ram. easiest way is to check the cpu fan is still turning

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    My main fears are electrocution, I'm okay with discharging my static so as to avoid affecting the hardware. My priority is to make sure I don't frizzle myself! Thanks for the advice so far guys, veru useful - however, the conflicting advice makes me a little nervous

    Jord

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    1. Chainsaw
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    electrocution will magically become the least of your worries

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    Originally posted by JYC
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    electrocution will magically become the least of your worries
    Very true - very true

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