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Download More RAM is a phrase associated with the technologically impaired, as RAM is computer hardware and cannot be downloaded. The phrase is often used on tech or gaming forums to troll other posters, similar to the usage of Delete System32 and Gold Membership schemes.
On January 20th, 2004, Apple Insider user SpcMs started a thread asking where he could download RAM for his computer. He claimed his computer was low on memory and he wanted to illegally acquire more. Within three minutes, another user responded saying that it cannot be downloaded as RAM is a physical thing, providing two links to retail websites to purchase additional RAM.
The phrase was not used online again until July 10th, 2005 when a user named lucasp started a similar thread to the original on the Overclockers community. Fifteen days later, a thread directly copied from Overclockers was posted on the eBaum’s World Forum. Over the next two years, dubious questions about how or where to download RAM continued to surface on a wide range of computer and gaming-related forums including Tech Support Forum, Tom’s Hardware and GameSpot. By July 2007, the domain DownloadMoreRam.com was registered, which claims that users can download memory from their site. The download pages do not actually contain files.
The first Yahoo! Answers question on the possibility of downloading additional RAM was asked on December 26th, 2007. Since then, more than 4800 similar questions have been asked. Other forums that have had threads where users discuss the possibility of downloading RAM include PC World New Zealand, Tech Power Up! Forums, PC Help Forum and the EVGA Forums.
A handful of video “tutorials” have appeared on YouTube instructing people how to download additional RAM.