Monday, June 15, 2009

How to Replace and Add memory to a Laptop

Adding memory to your laptop is a very simple process and it takes about 5 minutes. This method is so easy that even a person without knowledgeable in computers could do it. I am going to show you my simple steps on how you can replace/add laptop memory. No longer do you and your friends have to pay extra money to get a Computer Technician to do something you can do in 5 minutes. Begin by checking your system's user manual to identify the types of RAM for your laptop’s motherboard supports. (See How to Choose the Right Kind of Memory for your Computer)

Now let’s begin:

My First Steps:
Discharge your self to avoid any electro static charges in your body. Get a Philips screwdriver - yes, that really is all you need. I suggest that you make sure your screwdriver is not magnetized. If you insist on using a magnetized screwdriver for picking up screws make sure it only touches the screws.

My Second Steps:
Make sure you completely shut down your laptop, not in stand by, not in hibernate, etc. Remove battery as well.

My Third Steps:
Locate the memory cover located on the bottom of the laptop. The memory cover will be a square area with one or more screws to attach a cover to the bottom of your laptop. There are usually several compartments located on the bottom of laptop, some labeled and some not. Generally the cover for memory is square and 3 or 4 inches long/wide. Simply unscrew that panel and you should see the memory. Laptops generally have two slots for memory chips.

My Fourth Steps:
If both memory slots are full you may need to remove one or both memory chips to put in your new memory depending on how much memory you purchased and the size. To remove the memory from the computer you will need to locate the release levers generally located on each side of memory. You will need to gently pull the lever away from the side of the memory to release it. Once the levers are release you will be able to gently pull the memory out of the socket.

My Last Steps:
Now add the new memory to your laptop. Slide the new memory into the socket where the old memory was removed. You will need to be careful during this process as the memory only fits one way. Never force the memory into the slot. Once you have the memory in the socket you will need to gently press down toward the bottom of the laptop in order to secure the holding levers around the sides of the new memory. Now attach the memory compartment cover and start your laptop.