This computer of mine is so slow! A WindowsXP from Hewlitt-Packard, it's a fine machine, but - Egad! - it's so slow to load pages on the browser, open programs, you name it! So, a week ago, with a few extra shekels I've saved up, I surfed around for some memory chips to install.
I found Memory Ten. Now Memory Ten has a neat application you can use to figure out what RAM memory your computer is already running, how many slots you have free for more chips, and then lists the chips it sells that can fit those slots, the size of RAM for each, and the price!
I had 256RAM running and a single empty slot. What the heck, right? So I ordered a chip (256RAM to match and double the RAM) and even a flash memory card for my MP3 player (which I got from Audible.com to play books). The damage amounted to a total of $46.96, well within my budget. All that was left was to get it - FedEx - and install. So I waited. And, yes, I worried! I've installed memory chips before. In an old Packard-Bell Windows 95 machine, and in my old HP Windows 98 machine. Not easy as eating ice cream, mind you, but it doesn't take a computer tech to do. But this is a newer machine - for me! It's actually a 2003 model! - and one I've rarely opened. Would I screw the whole machine up? Would I install the chip wrong? Would I chance having a big bowl of chili for lunch? You know. The normal worries.
Well the chip arrived yesterday, and I settled down this morning to install it.
My hands are too wide to fit comfortably in the opened computer; my fingers are not long and slender enough to fiddle about easily in the computer's innards. I had to disconnect both floppy disk drives in there, as the ribbon connectors were just clogging everything up. I unplugged the LS120 disk drive's power cable, too.
*At that point, benning, you are in too deep to just give up!*
The chip fits into a long slot on the motherboard, with two plastic clips to lock it into place. Hard to see down in there, but I kept comparing the old chip's position to make sure I wasn't trying to mush the new chip in backwards. Then I tried to get my fingers all the way into the tiny space to reach the locking clips.
I growled and whined a bit through all this, mind you.
Just when I was afraid I had bought a useless piece of plastic, I remembered the old computers! You don't have to touch those locking clips! I pushed the chip gently down into the slot, kept the pressure firmly on the edge, and the clips flipped up, locking the chip down.
Hooray! I did it! I am one Effing computer Genius! Heheheee!
But now the moment of truth. Will the computer boot up, and load? Might not! Might just whirr and sputter, then die.
Nope! It loaded fine! The chip was installed right, the computer loaded a tad faster, and all's right with the world.
What's the point? I hate fiddling with a computer's innards. I've done it frequently enough to know I can kill a computer, and to know I can install some extras. If I'm careful. If I had said to myself, "Why bother? It's too much trouble. Too many things can go wrong! Buy a book, instead!" then I would not have installed the extra memory for my computer and would still be bitching about how slow it is.
You can't let little fears, or great ones, stop you. When something needs doing, do it. So what if it fails? You will learn something. And do better the next time.
Note: What slows my computer down most, and this has been true of every one of them, is the vast number of programs I have installed on them. I'd bet it's the same with you, too. *shrug*
Whattya gonna do, eh?
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