....because that must be how it has to be installed.
I have a laptop that I am not particularly fond of. This happens to be my second of the exact same model. The first had some serious hardware issues resulting in me swapping for my current laptop. Again...same make and model though it is possible it is a different rev or lot#. Regardless, this laptop has exhibited some odd behavior since I received it.
After the machine has been up and running for a while, if I press the Caps Lock key, it not only lights up the indicator above the keyboard, but activates some hidden disco dance floor feature that causes ALL of the indicator lights to flicker then slowly fade. The very first time I saw it reminded me of the Samurai Night Fever skit on Saturday Night Live with John Belushi (*).
Ah....memories......but I digress....
I have been able to ignore the issue because everything else seemed fine with the system. Besides it is an interesting "feature" to show to someone seated next to me and get a conversation started. But recently I have started to see more and more goofy stuff going on. It started a couple weeks ago with not being able to consistently connect to my home wifi. Then other wifi hot spots were....spotty. At TechReady last week the system would just lock up with a tremendous amount of disk I/O forcing me to power off to recover. Yesterday the same thing started happening only I never could get completely logged in before the disk I/O consumed enough resources to lock out the three finger salute.
On a whim I decided to open it up and seat connections for the internal WiFi, RAM and anything else I could spot with a connector. Just so happens that one of the clips for the the one RAM chip I added to the system was not firmly in the notch on the side of the chip. I completely removed the chip, built a shrine to the memory gods, burned some ceremonial incense, cursed loudly, then re-seated the chip.
I have now successfully read my email, some news, and posted two blogs without so much as a pause.
So for all of you beginning CSE students who hear that RAM means Random Access Memory, don't believe it. It is a verb. Ram the chips in the slots, pray, and make sure you have everything backed up.
(*) Is OJ eyeing the samurai sword???? :)
So I am writing up the previous post, trying to be witty, collecting links and all that rot, thinking