How to Add RAM to a Laptop

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Nowadays, the more RAM a laptop has, the better. However, there are also some concerns since a laptop can only accommodate a limited amount of memory in the system. A user can look at the software he intends to run in the laptop to determine the amount of memory he needs. Generally, laptops have two available slots for memory modules. A user can also call the manufacturer to find out how much memory his laptop can accommodate. These memory slots can be accessed through a small door under the laptop.

Materials Needed:
- Compatible SODIMM memory modules
- flathead or Phillips screwdriver
- anti-static wrist strap (optional)
Step 1
Before performing any installations, users can refer to the user manual that came with the laptop computer. This is because some specific procedures may be required, depending on the manufacturer requirements.
Step 2
Turn the power off and disconnect all power cords from the laptop.
Step 3
Look for the panel used to access the memory modules. This is usually found on the bottom part of the laptop. The instruction manual for the laptop may also contain instructions to locate the panel. Take note that not all laptops have this kind of access. If not, then an authorized technician may be required to perform the installation.
Step 4
Remove the screws that put the panel in place and keep the screws in a safe place to prevent losing them. Take off the panel from the laptop. Check the ejector clips that hold the RAM in place and the slot keys for the modules.
Step 5
During replacement or upgrade of memory modules, the RAM can be removed by undoing the ejector clips. Gently lift the edge of the memory to an angle of 45 degrees and pull it out of the slot.
Step 6
Line up the memory module’s notch with the slot key and insert it by gently sliding the modules in the slot.
Step 7
Once the module is well-seated or all the pins are in the slot, push down the memory module until the ejector clips lock and hold it in place.
Step 8
Replace the RAM access panel back into the laptop.
Step 9
Reconnect the power cords and turn on the power to the computer system. Once the RAM is installed into the laptop, the memory will be recognized by the system. This completes the physical process.
Step 10
During power-up, it may be essential to go into the computer’s BIOS to allow the system to properly recognize the newly installed RAM. Refer to the Operating System manual for additional instructions.


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