Read Only Memory, or ROM, is easy to ugrade and can extend the life of your computer. A ROM upgrade can also boost an older-generation processor, enabling the user to load more graphics-heavy programs that require more memory.
There are some programs that require lots of operating power. Regularly installing and uninstalling software can leave residual chunks of code on your hard drive, which can also slow your computer. If system optimization utilities don't speed up your system, though, you'll need to investigate upgrading your ROM. Consider the following tips when determining whether to replace ROM:
1. Identify the type of ROM you are working with, and find ROM distributors or installers that offer parts and labor guarantees.
2. If you are upgrading to a CD-Rom drive, consider installing it yourself.
3. Check your ROM, hardware and operating system capability against the requirements for running new software. You can then decide if you want to add a virtual ROM drive, allowing you to run multiple software and operating systems from your computer.
Know your computer before you install more ROMBefore you install a CD-ROM drive or any ROM drive upgrade, make sure the install will do enough for your operating system to justify the effort and expense. Optimize your hard drive using utilities that are included with new computers and are available for purchase online. If a system cleanup doesn't eliminate code fragments that are slowing down your computer, simple ROM diagnostics will test your system's read only memory.
Weigh the pros and cons between buying a CD-Rom drive and a virtual CD-ROM driveA virtual CD-ROM drive can improvise for a new actual CD-ROM, enabling you to copy complete CDs to your hard drive. Virtual drives give you instant access to your non-copyright protected CDs, and usually work faster than a CD drive.
Complete a ROM drive upgrade yourself, or hire the expertsIf you need a ROM memory upgrade, install a new DVD-ROM drive to replace your current CD-ROM drive. You can easily install the ROM drive upgrade yourself using tips from computer how-to sites. If you're not that tech-savvy, or just don't have the time, hire a pro to complete the necessary upgrade.
- Practice safety when working with any machine. Remember to turn off the computer, and unplug the power cord. It might be a good idea to get a static-free table or sheet to work on.
- If you're running windows, open your control panel and click "Performance and Maintenance." Next, click on "System," and read the tabs for "hardware" and "general information." Write down the amount of disc space, processor type and processing speed before you purchase a new CD-ROM.