Upgrading RAM In The Acer Aspire One Netbook
1GB Of RAM In A Netbook Isn’t Enough For Everyone
Update 2015: Its amazing looking back at the netbook craze and how quickly the market exploded and then just as rapidly collapsed with tablets becoming the next big thing after them. Looking back, I remember my Aspire One D250 fondly, being great to just pick it up and take it with me anywhere and getting on the internet quickly for reading, research or just typing up papers for school or getting started on a Hub. Sadly, my AAO D250 met with a terrible fate (Majora's Mask anyone?) when it accidentally got kicked off the bed by the dog. Oh well, its since been replaced by a Dell Latitude D430, which is fairly close in specs to a netbook but with a larger screen and more ports.
Netbooks are great, cheap mobile computing platform. When they were first released, they became very popular very quickly, with manufacturers scrambling to fill the new market with cheap, light and appealing products. In order to make them so cheap, manufacturers often cut-back on adding high end hardware components. One of these would be RAM. Most netbooks shipped with no more than 1GB of RAM, while most of them support a maximum of 2 GB of RAM or more, depending on motherboard and chipset configurations.
This 1GB is sufficient for most users who only use their netbook for word processing, email and light web browsing. However, things can begin to slow down when users begin multi-tasking, playing videos, opening multiple browser tabs and such., etc…
My own netbook, the Acer Aspire One D250, only shipped with 1GB of RAM. This was fine until I needed to do some more serious multitasking online. Thus I knew I needed to upgrade and soon!
RAM For Acer Aspire One D250 And Other Netbooks
What Kind Of RAM To Install In Your Netbook
There are many different speeds of RAM available for different generations of netbooks (which use different chipsets). The easiest way to find out what type of RAM your netbook uses is to simply check the specifications on the manufacturer’s website. However, you can also use Crucial’s website to find out the type of RAM you need. They offer a system scanner that can scan your netbook from your browser.
Remember, some netbooks support only a maximum of 2GB of RAM. Some newer netbooks support a maximum of 4GB. When you know what speed of RAM you need and the maximum amount supported, search online at your favorite retailer for a respectable name brand module such as Crucial, Kingston, Samsung, etc… When you settle on a module, make your purchase and wait for it to ship.
Upgrading RAM In Acer Aspire One Netbooks
Installing RAM In Your Netbook
Note, computers are sensitive to electrostatic discharge and you must take care to remember to discharge yourself before touching any RAM or the internal components of your netbook. I am not responsible for any damage caused to your computer.
Installing RAM in a netbook is a fairly simple process. The RAM slot or slots are accessible from the bottom of the netbook and are covered by a panel with one or more 4-way screws. Remove the screw(s) and the panel covering the RAM slot(s). The original RAM card(s) can be removed by gently pulling the clips away from the sides until the card pops up on its own. Then gently slide the card out of the slot.
Your new RAM can be installed now. When installing your new RAM, make sure to line up the notch on the RAM slot and the notch on the RAM card. This is the only way the card can fit. Insert the card at a slight angle, don’t force it in, make sure that it fits all the way in. When the card is all the way in the slot, apply gentle pressure to the other end of the card (away from the socket) until the clips lock in place on the side. Replace the cover and screws over the RAM slot(s) and turn your netbook back on and make sure the new RAM is recognized.
If the new RAM is successfully recognized, then congratulations and enjoy the increased productivity of your netbook!
Increased Performance With Extra RAM In A Netbook
Netbooks, just like any other computer, can always benefit from having the amount of RAM installed increased. My personal recommendation for how much RAM anyone should have regardless of what version of Windows or Mac OS X they are running is 2 GB of RAM, especially with Windows 7. Windows XP could get by on 1 GB, but who is going to be using that anymore now the XP support has officially been dropped? That's just for day to day activities, browsing online and using office productivity type apps. If one were dealing with things like Photoshop or video and audio editing, you of course would want more RAM, at least 4 GB of it in that case would be my recommendation, but you wouldn't want a netbook for any of that anyway since most of them are limited to a max of 2 GB of RAM, have slower processors and smaller than normal LCD screens.
How Else Can I Upgrade My Acer Netbook?
After adding more RAM, you can make you netbook more useful by replacing the hard drive with a larger one. There are faster hard drives out their as well as SSDs. Hard drives that run at a rotational speed of 7200 RPM instead of the standard 5400 RPM variety offer somewhat faster boot times, faster application loads and general increased performance, but at a cost: reduced battery life as the faster hard drive requires more juice from your netbook's battery and higher heat production, which can be a problem depending on the netbook's design and a matter of personal comfort if you use a netbook on your lap very often. SSDs on the other hand are even faster than 7200 RPM hard drives, use less energy than both 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM hard drives thus producing less heat and giving you a slight boost in runtime while away from a power outlet. SSDs do cost more per gigabyte but once you've tried one, you won't ever want to use a regular old hard drive again, save for when you need to back up files or when you need lots of extra storage.
Jeremiah Simpkins (author) from Pulaski, VA on April 04, 2012:
I'm glad you found my hub helpful PreetSaluja!
PreetSaluja on April 04, 2012:
Thanks, it was very helpful. My netbook works much better now.