Question: How can I be sure my new laptop memory upgrade has been detected?

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Once you have rolled up your sleeves, earthed yourself and successfully installed your shining new laptop memory upgrade there's only one thing remaining to do before you can sit back and relax a smoother use of your laptop. If your laptop has turned on as normal then you are already 50% way there, this means the likeliness of a potential incompatibility issue has almost fully been avoided. The other thing that needs checking is whether all capacity of the memory thus the installed SODIMM's has been detected.

There are various ways you can do this and which option you take really depends on your personal preference, however there is of course nothing stopping you from trying each in turn! To proceed choose at least one of the below:

  • by way of BIOS - A swift way is to enter your laptop's BIOS soon after you turn it on. Normally this is performed by pressing a function key such as F1, F2 or F12 at the boot screen, which will normally only show for a few seconds so you need to be quick to act. Once inside the main screen will likely report your brief system information of which will include reference to the amount of memory installed. Simply confirm the amount displayed is the amount you installed.
  • by way of Operating System - Once you have booted into your Operating System proceed to make your way to where it displays a summary of your system's information. Within Windows this will normally involve either clicking on Computer/My Computer on your desktop and clicking 'Properties' or clicking the 'System' icon within the Control panel. The amount of memory displayed should match that of the installed SODIMM's.
  • by way of Software - Want to try something more exciting and possible learn a few other facts about your system at the same time? There are various software available both free and paid that can report a host of system information, including of course your memory. To proceed you may want to Google and download a free copy of CPU-Z, or alternatively a trial copy of Sisoft Sandra or AIDA64. Navigate through the software once run/installed and check the amount of detected memory. Does this match your laptop's SODIMM's?

In the unlikely case that not all of your memory has been detected first of all take a deep breath and don't panic! Most often it's simply down to not inserting the SODIMM's firm enough. Make sure they click into place. In rare circumstances it could however spell a compatibility issue, or a faulty SODIMM.

Having problems installing your new laptop memory upgrade? Check out part 6 of the Laptop Memory Upgrades Guide for an easy step by step illustrated installation overview.

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