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184-Pin RDRAM (RAMBUS) Memory Guide

The instructions on this page provide general installation and handling information for 184-Pin RDRAM (RAMBUS) memory modules. These instructions are intended to be used in conjunction with your model specific owner's manual.

Note: Before touching electronic components, make sure you are properly grounded. By wearing ESD Gloves (or using some other type of static control device), you can prevent static electricity stored on your body or clothing from damaging your installation.

1. The first thing to do is make sure the computer is shut down.
2. Note that it may seem sensible to unplug the computer before installing the RAM, but we don't recommend it. Keeping the machine plugged in will ground it, and this is important because that way any static electricity built up in your body will be discharged before handling the RAM chips. You can do this by touching any metal part of the case. Frying a chip with static electricity is a rare occurrence, but still possible.
3. Remove the computer's cover following the instructions in the model-specific owner's manual.
4. Locate the memory expansion sockets on the computer's motherboard. If all the sockets are full, remove smaller capacity modules to allow room for higher capacity modules.
5. Once you've discharged your static electricity, pick up the memory chip by its top or sides. Don't touch the silver or gold contacts at the bottom, because even a little oil from your finger can eventually interfere with the connection. Regardless of the type of memory you have, it will only go into the empty memory slot one way, so look at the notches in the contacts and line them up so the partitions in the RAM sockets fit in the grooves.
6. Insert the module(s) into an available expansion socket(s). Make sure the notches on your module are lined up with the keys in the slot, and then press down firmly. Don't be afraid that you are going to break it. It can sometimes take 20 to 30 pounds of pressure to install a module. The clips on the side of the module should snap into place on their own. If you have to move the clips into place by hand, your module isn't installed properly.
7. For most installations, RDRAM modules can be installed in any available expansion slot or bank. Other installations may require the memory to be installed in a particular sequence based on the modules capacity. Check your owner's manual to determine the correct installation sequence for your configuration.
8. Turn on the computer and follow the instructions in your computer owner's manual that describe the steps necessary to allow your computer to recognize the newly installed memory. (Most computers will automatically recognize the additional memory installed).

RDRAM (Rambus) Tips:

*The motherboard has very small lettering that denotes which bank is which.

1. Most Rambus memory is installed in pairs.Only about 5% of the computers out there that use this type of memory do not.
2. All Rambus memory should be installed with the larger modules in the 1st bank. How Rambus gets installed in pairs depends on the mother board.There are typically 2 ways: