How to replace a laptop RAM

How to replace a 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 manufacturers’ 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.

Using either a precision Phillips-head or a small flat-head screwdriver, remove any screws that hold the panel in place and put them in a safe location.

Once all the panel screws have been removed, lift away the panel carefully.

Static electricity can kill computer parts so before touching anything inside the computer you should ground yourself by touching something metal such as a lamp or table leg.

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.

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.

Once the RAM has been pushed into the slot as far as it goes, gently push it down until the clips click into place
Once the laptop Ram has been clipped in to place, we reinstall the cover and secure it with the two screws.
When the memory panel is secured, flip the computer back up the right way, plug in the power cord and boot it up.