Modern computers allow you the freedom to upgrade specific components when they become outdated. As a result, you can install new parts and recent features on an old computer.
However, you must ensure that the new parts and features are compatible with your device before installing them. Non-compatible parts may cause your hardware to malfunction or result in damage.
The RAM is one of the essential parts of your hardware. Replacing or upgrading it requires careful selection and installation. Issues may arise after upgrading, causing the monitor to have no display problem.
What do you do when this happens?
How To Resolve The No Display Issue After Installing New RAM
To fix this problem, consider the following suggestions.
1. Ensure proper placement of RAM:
Improper placement of RAM can cause the no display issue on your computer. To properly install a new RAM, follow the steps below:
- Disconnect your power supply from the main power.
- Hold down the power button for 30 seconds – this will drain out the power supply from the capacitors (because shutting down the computer does not exhaust the power supply)
- Remove your RAM sticks and reinstall. Ensure that it latches on to the side and clicks on the slot.
- Ensure each RAM stick makes a click sound as you slide them into the slot. If you do not hear the sound, it means you have not adequately slotted the RAM.
2. Check for damage on any RAM stick:
Check your RAM sticks for any damage, as damaged RAM sticks can cause no display issue. Check your RAM sticks using the following steps.
- Remove the RAM sticks from the slots (ensure you have drained the capacitors to avoid a shock).
- Take out the sticks from the motherboard.
- Clean metal pins on the bottom carefully (to avoid getting them damaged in the process)
- Test the RAM sticks by putting just one in the system.
- If the computer starts booting, remove the stick carefully and test others separately.
- If you discover the damaged RAM stick, slide it into another slot on the motherboard to determine if there’s damage.
- Also, changing the sequence for slotting in the sticks could solve the problem.
3. Check your computer’s GPU and display wires:
Another factor responsible for your computer’s no display issue is improper placement of your graphics card and loose connection of the display wires.
If you have checked that the RAM slots and sticks are intact and the problem persists, the next place to check is your graphics card placement on the motherboard. Your computer shows a single beep sound when booting to indicate that the graphics card and display wires are intact.
If you don’t hear this sound, check to ensure your graphics card seats correctly on the motherboard. Also, ensure that the display wires connect firmly to the GPU.
Your device should have a working display. If you try these suggested solutions and the problem persists, take your device to a technician.
What RAM Is
Random-access memory is the hardware in a computer that stores the operating system (OS), programs, and data in use so that the device’s CPU may access them rapidly. The RAM is the computer’s primary memory. It is significantly faster to read and write than other storage mediums like solid-state drives, hard disk drives or optical drives.
The RAM is a volatile storage medium – it loses stored data when you disconnect your computer from a power source. Your computer will reload files into the RAM from the hard drive or solid-state drive when it restarts.
Functions Of RAM
Reading of files: The RAM stores data for temporal usage, working with the hard drive to give fast access to files that the computer is currently reading or creating.
Hard drives can store many files, but they are sluggish when compared to other computer components. To access files from the hard drives, the drive’s read and write head must move back and forth to allow the spinning platters to swirl into the correct position.
Although the drivers can spin for up to a thousand rotations per minute, reading files still takes considerable time.
Computers store files in RAM after reading them from the hard disk to speed up the process. The RAM contains no moving components, so your system can quickly load data from the RAM for subsequent use.
Temporal storage medium: The RAM stores data for running programs that the system will no longer need once you exit the applications. Having enough RAM for your computers’ workload is necessary to function effectively, even if it is only for temporary data.
The amount of memory available for temporary storage significantly influences your computer’s performance. The more apps you run, the more temporary data your computer will need to store.
When your computer exhausts its temporary storage, some apps will no longer function until more storage space becomes available. The resultant effect is slow performance. Occasional freezes may also occur. So, more RAM capacity ensures enhanced speed and performance.
Things To Note Before Changing Your RAM
Insufficient RAM capacity could make your computer excruciatingly sluggish and may hinder it from working to its full potential. Your RAM supplies your computer with the data it needs in less time than the hard drive.
The RAM is not a moving part and so is not subject to wear and tear. Most people change their computer RAMs to install RAM of higher capacity to increase PC speed and performance. Before you change your RAM, consider the following factors.
If you want to carry out the RAM upgrade by yourself, you could damage some sensitive components of your PC. You also risk losing the manufacturer’s warranty when you unscrew certain parts of your device.
2. Your RAM capacity, specification, and your computer’s requirements:
If your upgrade is due to insufficiency of your existing RAM capacity, you would need to know the required RAM capacity of your device.
Installing another RAM of the same capacity will be an effort in futility as you would encounter the same problems as before. Therefore, you must install RAM with more capacity than your current RAM.
It is highly recommended that you carefully inquire about the specification – module and storage capacity – your RAM needs before making your purchase.
Certain factors would influence your choice of a new RAM. Some of them include.
The device’s primary use: The kind of tasks you perform using your computer will determine the amount of RAM capacity you require.
Intensive tasks such as web design, graphics design, high-end gaming, video editing would require more memory space of about 16GB or more. Lesser demanding tasks such as word processing, research may only need about 8GB.
Budget: RAMs do not come cheap. Therefore, it would be wise to make your purchase from reputable vendors who have a warranty.
Buying products like this online could be risky, especially from a non-certified or trusted brand or online store. Consider your vendor’s refund policy before you make a purchase.
PC limit: PCs can handle a certain amount of RAM capacity. And it would be best if you considered this while deciding on the storage capacity of the new RAM.
RAM and PC compatibility: RAMs come in different types; you should know the type compatible with your device to avoid post-installation issues.
Some of the types are DDR, DDR2 and DDR3. Even though there are newer, faster designs, some motherboards only accept a certain kind of RAM.
The information provided in your PC’s manual would guide you on the type suited for your device’s motherboard, including how you should install it.
Compatible RAM sticks pairing: You can use 1 GB and 2GB RAM sticks in the motherboard slot. However, you cannot mix DDR RAM with DDR2 RAM as they are of different sizes.
How To Know Your RAM Capacity
Follow the steps below to know your computer’s current RAM capacity.
- In the Start Menu, type System Information.
- Select System Information utility from the search results produced.
- Scroll down the options and find Installed Physical Memory. This tab will display information about your system’s total RAM capacity.
How To Know Your Computer’s Current RAM Usage
Follow the steps below to know your computer’s current RAM usage.
- Right-click on Taskbar
- From the options provided, click on Task Manager
- Click on Performance.
- From the options on the left-hand side, click on the Memory tab to see your current RAM usage.
Note: If you are using Windows 7, you will find the Memory tab below performance.
Random-access memory stores the computer’s operating system (OS), programs, and data in use so that the device’s CPU may access them rapidly.
The amount of memory available for temporary storage significantly influences your computer’s performance. The more apps you run, the more temporary data your computer will need to store. One way to enhance your computer performance is to upgrade your RAM to a higher capacity.
Installing a new computer RAM requires careful selection and installation as potential issues may arise. Your computer may not display after installation.
When you experience this problem, check to ensure if the RAM seats correctly on the motherboard. Also, check for damage to the RAM sticks and ensure your graphics card and display wires connect firmly to the GPU.