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Laptop Memory Upgrade Guide

Ever wanted to increase the performance of your laptop with a simple and easy to perform memory upgrade? Let Steve show you how in this step by step guide.

Upgrading the memory in your laptop can increase general and multi-tasking performance and as it’s one of the easiest upgrades to perform, we strongly recommend it.

If you’re having problems finding the right memory for your laptop, this guide is also handy as once you can locate the memory within the laptop, our sales staff will be more than happy to take the numbers off of the back and find you the right memory for your upgrade.

Right, let’s crack on with this guide.

Step One: Preparing the laptop to be worked on

Locate the battery securing clips on the rear of the laptop.

Remove the battery and pop it to one side.

Press the power button on the laptop to drain any residual charge.

Step Two: Identifying the panel that we need to remove

Flip the laptop over and on the rear you should be able to locate the different panels that cover the memory and other items such as the hard drive and cooling system etc.

This laptop only has one panel to cover all of the accessible options but as you can see by the outline it’s generally quite easy to identify.

Once you have identified the panel which we need to access, you then need to locate its securing screws. This unit again is quite simple and only has the one screw. Other units may have more but generally all of their securing screws will fall within that panel as highlighted by the green outline.

Step Three: Removing the cover and locating the memory slots

Remove the screws that are securing the back panel onto the laptop, usually these are held in place and aren’t fully removable, however if yours are – pop them to one side in a pot or container and make a note of their lengths.

Carefully remove the back panel, these generally clip into place at multiple points but generally don’t require much persuasion, if you are getting any resistance while removing the cover, double check all of the screws have been removed correctly.

Once you have removed the back panel we need to locate the memory slots and ensure that we have a spare or empty one if we’re adding another stick or remove the existing ones if we’re installing totally new memory.

This is typically what 99.9% of memory slots will look like and should be easy to locate.

As we can see in the above image we have one slot spare above the existing memory stick.

Step Four: Fitting the Memory

Before fitting the memory please ensure to line up the notch in the memory module with the notch in the memory slot.

With the notch lined up and the memory at about a 45 degree angle (Fig. A) slide the memory into the slot until none of the gold pins are visible (Fig. B).

With the memory seated snuggly up to the back of the slot press down (Fig. C) until the memory clicks into place and is held with the securing clips (Fig. D)

Step Five: Testing and re-assembly

At this point I would suggest flipping the unit back over and re-fitting the battery just to test that everything is working ok and the machine does its P.O.S.T. (I.e. powers on and starts to boot).

Then simply re-assemble the unit by refitting the covers and replacing all of the screws.

Congratulations you’ve just performed a laptop memory upgrade, far less intimidating than some people may think. If you found this guide helpful remember to comment and let us know, if you’re still a little intimidated by this process we do offer a memory upgrade service in our in-store tech shop so please call for details if that’s something you’d be interested in.

Additional Steps: Removing memory

To remove a stick of fitted memory, simply locate the retaining clips (Fig. E) and with your thumb nail press them in the direction of the arrows (Fig. F) i.e. away from the memory module and the memory will sit up to the 45 degree angle we slotted it in at.