Laptop RAM


Laptop RAM is generally SDRAM, running at 100 or 133 mHz, though the newer laptops are now using DDR RAM. The modules in a laptop are different from desktop modules in that they are smaller. Laptop modules are inserted into the bottom of the laptop. Below are screenshots and a short movie clip of how to access, remove, and insert RAM in a laptop.


Short movie clip: Removing and re-inserting laptop RAM
mpeg, approx 800k


Turn the computer upside down

Remove the cover


Observe the RAM bay


Pull the latches back


Angle the module upwards and pull it out


Re-inserting the module




Turn the computer upside down
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- Laptops often have their RAM located on the underside of the system. Some systems place the RAM right under the keyboard.
- Locate the memory bay. It is usually a sliding panel.
- If you open the bay to the hard driver instead, look for the other sliding panel.





 

Remove the cover
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- You may need a small philips screwdriver to unscrew the panel, or, as below, you may need to simply need a flathead to lever the panel upwards for removal.





Observe the RAM bay
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- The module at the top is the current RAM module.
- The circled area is the space for an additional module.
- The additional RAM would be oriented so that its connector pins face the bottom edge of the bay.

 

Pull the latches back
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- The module is typically held in place by small spring-loaded latches (circled on the left).
- Use your thumbnail to pull the latyches back (as shown on the right).
- It is difficult to pull both latches back simultaneously.
- You can loosen one side of the module, and then do the other side aftwerwards.



Angle the module upwards and pull it out
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- You have to pull the module out at an upward angle.
- Don't angle the module too high. You may damage it. Angle it until it can't move upwards any more.
- Gently pull the module towards you.





Re-inserting the module
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- Place the module into the slot at an upward angle.
- Gently push the connector pins inward.
- If the movement isn't smooth, adjust the angle.
- Push the mudule flush against the bay until the latches snap over its sides.
- Clise the cover.