MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Early 2011 RAM Replacement
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Replace the RAM on your Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" Unibody.
- Author: Walter Galan
- Difficulty: Easy
Accessing the RAM in this computer is straightforward and requires minimal disassembly.
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For certain repairs (e.g. hard drive), disconnecting the battery connector is not necessary but it prevents any accidental shorting of electronics on the motherboard. If you do not disconnect the battery connector, please be careful as parts of the motherboard might be electrified.
Use the edge of a spudger to pry the battery connector upwards from its socket on the logic board.
It is useful to pry upward on both short sides of the connector to "walk" it out of its socket.
Release the tabs on each side of the RAM chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM module.
These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.
After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.
Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.