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How to install laptop ram

How to Upgrade and Install Laptop Ram?

Is It for Me?

There is often a misconception among the public that installing laptop memory is something that only a qualified professional should do. I think it's important to finally let this old myth rest. 

While it is true that most aspects of a technical challenge for a laptop in terms of hardware are difficult so something that a regular computer user should not try to install of laptop RAM or extra memory is not one of them. 

The latter is a fairly easy process to perform and certainly one that can be performed by the vast majority of computer users provided they follow simple but effective tips.

The Necessary Tools and/or Parts and Other Considerations

Before you can try to install a new laptop memory upgrade or extra ram you need to prepare some tools and parts as well as choose a suitable place to perform the procedure. I assume you already have a laptop ready for upgrade.

The most important is of course that you have purchased a new compatible laptop memory upgrade and thus you have laptop memory modules. If this is not the case then maybe you have to buy it from a source of your choice and finish the article once.

Second you will need a small Phillips head screwdriver. These usually come in sets of about six in a variety of sizes chances are you already own them somewhere in your garage and/or toolbox. Third, it is best to have an anti-static bracelet. This is because laptop memory is susceptible to static damage. 

You can buy it cheap online just look for the term and it will be an easy quick and cheap purchase. If for some reason you can not purchase an antistatic bracelet, find something made of metal around your home. 

This could be a metal lamp, a metal table leg, or even a metal screwdriver. It will be used to discharge any static built into your body just to be on the safe side and prevent damage to your laptop memory modules.

Fourth you may want to make a piece of cloth that you can then place on your laptop to prevent scratches on the surface. This is optional but given that most people would prefer to keep their laptop in a state of edge it is worth mentioning.

Once you have all of the above take a moment to think about where (i.e. what room) in your home (or otherwise) you will be able to perform the upgrade procedure. 

This room is recommended for a hard surface on which you can rest your laptop, a good light source, a means to sit comfortably, and also where it is free of moisture or dust or any other dangerous occurrence in the environment.

The General Procedure

Upgrading SODIMM's laptop memory is quite simple and if you convince yourself to give it a try you'll probably soon become a follower of that belief.

When all the parts tools and locations mentioned above are ready the first thing to do is locate the laptop memory bay cover on your laptop. 

Most laptops have it on the bottom side so turn it upside down (this is where the said piece of cloth might come in handy) and look there. Modern laptops usually have several bays on the bottom side one of which will hold the laptops memory modules. Or screw each one in turn to find out manually or refer to the laptop user guide for a quick hint.

Once logged in you will see one or more free slots where you can install your laptop RAM or extra memory or all the slots are full. 

Depending on the result you may need to first extract an existing laptop memory module. You can do this by pulling outward on the clips located on either side of each module. Once you are done these will cause the appropriate laptop memory module for release ready for you to grab and pull out. 

Remember that before touching it you must wear an anti-static bracelet or touch something made of rooted metal - in both cases unload your body from any static.

Next, unpack the new laptop memory upgrade and insert each module one by one (if you have more than one) into the memory slots. Note the location of the latch in the laptop memory module itself. Be sure to align it with the memory slot. Insert the module at an angle of about 45 degrees until the pins (usually gold-plated) are barely visible. 

Now press down on the module until it locks into place. You will hear this happen and then the laptop memory module will be securely installed.

Repeat the above process for the number of modules that your new laptop memory upgrade contains. You may need to change the above procedure depending on whether your laptop requires paired modules (that are very old laptops or new laptops that support dual-channel operation).

After you have successfully performed the above installation replace the laptop bay cover in its proper place and screw it back in using the same screw (s) it was originally held on.

Last but not least turn on your laptop the right way up and turn it on. You can enter the BIOS to check if the new laptop memory is detected (usually it requires pressing a key such as Del F2 F12 etc., depending on the type of BIOS immediately after it is turned on) or wait until the operating system loads. 

If you do not see the amount of physical memory expected to be installed be sure to check that you have fully inserted the memory modules of the laptop. 

If for example one is a little lost its capacity will not be revealed. In rare cases, you have been given a damaged memory also known as DOA (Dead-On-Arrival).


Be sure to extract the most important features of the above information. The common assumption that install of an extra laptop RAM or memory is something that only a qualified professional should perform is a myth. 

The fact is that you can perform this procedure yourself and thus save money and time. The only limiting factor above is First make sure you have all the necessary parts tools and the last and no less suitable position for this. You should also remember to ground yourself to avoid possible static damage to the laptop memory modules themselves.

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