This guide has been created to instruct readers (both technicians and consumers alike) the proper procedures of installing laptop memory. It includes a step-by-step illustrated guide on the physical steps required for installing laptop RAM.
First of all, not all laptops have this type of access to the RAM slots and if yours does not you will probably need an authorized laptop repair technician to do it for you.
Before you start removing the panels to get access to the RAM slots, read the manual. If your laptop didn’t come with a manual or you cannot find it, your laptop manufacturer’s website should have one available for download in PDF format.
The manual should specify the maximum memory capacity of the laptop and you can also see how much RAM is currently installed by going to the Windows System Information (as mentioned in the last picture in this guide).
Once you determine that your laptop will be able to handle a memory upgrade and you have purchased the parts, you are ready to start.
Turn off the computer and remove all cords from the system AND the battery. The battery can still hold charge which can surge your hardware.
Turn the computer upside down and locate the panel which allows you to access the RAM modules, for the laptop below the panel had a picture of a little ‘computer chip’ to indicate the memory panel.
Locating the memory panel
Unscrewing the memory panel
Lifting the memory panel
Looking inside the laptop
If you are upgrading or replacing an existing memory module, remove the current one by pressing the clips on the side of the RAM outwards and slide it out on a 45 degree angle.
Unclipping the memory module
Sliding it out
When installing a new RAM module, align the notch of the memory module to the notch on the laptop slide the RAM into the slot on a 45 degree angle. You may need to push hard as it can take 20 – 30 pounds of pressure to install.
Installing a new memory module
Pushing the memory module into place
Closing the laptop back upWhen the memory panel is secured, flip the computer back up the right way, plug in the power cord and boot it up. If your computer does not boot, look at the troubleshooting section at the end of this guide.
If the laptop does boot up correctly we need to test if the installation was successful. Go to “System Properties” by right clicking on “My Computer” and choosing “Properties”. On the “General” tab, it will specify how much RAM is installed. For this laptop, it currently has 512 MB of RAM and it previously had only 256 MB, so this RAM installation was a success.
Checking the System Properties
If your system does not start, check the following:
If you receive an error message or a series of beeps then your laptop may not have recognized the new memory. Remove and reinstall the RAM to make sure that they are securely inserted into the slots.
If you get a memory mismatch error, follow the prompts and enter your computers setup. Then select Save and Exit. This isn’t always an error, a lot of laptops require this to install new RAM.
When you start the laptop you may get a message prompting you to update your configuration settings, refer to your laptops manual for more information.