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Has your laptop given you the Blue Screen of Death? Are you ready to upgrade your memory? Use this guide to replace the memory in your laptop.

  1. Before you begin, be sure to turn off your laptop and unplug it from the outlet. Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the nine screws from the back cover.
    • Before you begin, be sure to turn off your laptop and unplug it from the outlet.

    • Use a Philips #1 screwdriver to remove the nine screws from the back cover.

  2. Turn the laptop over and open the display.
    • Turn the laptop over and open the display.

    • Insert the flat edge of the spudger into the crease of the keyboard cover.

    • While the spudger is in the crease, carefully pry open the casing by sliding the spudger along the edge.

    • Do not use excessive force to pry open the lid. You should hear each plastic clip snap open as you run the spudger along the edge.

  3. Make sure that the entire cover has been released from the plastic clips. Slowly lift the cover open from the front of the laptop, but do not completely remove it.
    • Make sure that the entire cover has been released from the plastic clips.

    • Slowly lift the cover open from the front of the laptop, but do not completely remove it.

    • Note the locations of the three white and blue data cables connecting to the keyboard to the computer's main board.

  4. If you are only replacing the battery, you can skip this step and the next. Shift the keyboard module away from the display and set it such that the fragile flex cables are not strained.
    • If you are only replacing the battery, you can skip this step and the next. Shift the keyboard module away from the display and set it such that the fragile flex cables are not strained.

    • Disconnect the three data cables from the motherboard.

    • To unlock a ZIF connector, use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the small, hinged locking flap. Carefully slide the unlocked cable out of the socket.

  5. Remove the fully disconnected keyboard module from the laptop.
    • Remove the fully disconnected keyboard module from the laptop.

  6. Do not use any metal tool to pry any type of battery.  Doing so can puncture or short the battery, resulting in damage or injury. Remove the two screws securing the battery to the laptop case with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Do not use any metal tool to pry any type of battery. Doing so can puncture or short the battery, resulting in damage or injury.

    • Remove the two screws securing the battery to the laptop case with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  7. Lift the battery out and remove it: The battery is connected to the motherboard on the left side.
    • Lift the battery out and remove it:

    • The battery is connected to the motherboard on the left side.

    • Use your fingertips to evenly grip the battery on the left and right sides of the battery.

    • Pull straight up to lift the battery out of its place.

    • Do not use excessive force or attempt to pry the battery with any tools. Doing so will result in damage to the laptop.

  8. Remove the four screws that hold the hard drive in place with the Philips #1 screwdriver. There are two screws connected to the motherboard and two screws connected directly to the case.
    • Remove the four screws that hold the hard drive in place with the Philips #1 screwdriver.

    • There are two screws connected to the motherboard and two screws connected directly to the case.

  9. Remove the hard drive by sliding it to the right to disconnect it from the motherboard and lifting out.
    • Remove the hard drive by sliding it to the right to disconnect it from the motherboard and lifting out.

    • Be sure to fully disconnect the hard drive from the motherboard to ensure that you do not damage the connectors.

    • If necessary, unscrew the old hard drive from the holster and screw the new one into the holster.

  10. Remove the single screw that is holding the drive in place using the Phillips #1 Screwdriver. Remove the single screw that is holding the drive in place using the Phillips #1 Screwdriver.
    • Remove the single screw that is holding the drive in place using the Phillips #1 Screwdriver.

  11. Slide the drive out to the right of the laptop to disconnect from the motherboard.
    • Slide the drive out to the right of the laptop to disconnect from the motherboard.

    • Lifting the drive straight out without sliding to the right will damage the motherboard.

  12. Remove the 9 screws from the motherboard using the Philips #1 screwdriver. While unscrewing the screws, it may be helpful to use the tweezers to keep control of the screws.
    • Remove the 9 screws from the motherboard using the Philips #1 screwdriver.

    • While unscrewing the screws, it may be helpful to use the tweezers to keep control of the screws.

  13. Disconnect the three cables attached to the motherboard. Do not pull the cables by their wires.  This can lead to damage to the cables. The large, black cable is connected to the screen.  Carefully wiggle the cable out by gripping the black tape with your fingers.
    • Disconnect the three cables attached to the motherboard.

    • Do not pull the cables by their wires. This can lead to damage to the cables.

    • The large, black cable is connected to the screen. Carefully wiggle the cable out by gripping the black tape with your fingers.

    • There may be clear tape holding the screen connector in place.

    • The cable for the fan and speaker use similar connectors. Use the black spudger or carefully grip the sides of each connector with your fingers to slowly pull them out.

  14. Pull the motherboard to the right to clear the peripheral connections of the laptop casing.
    • Pull the motherboard to the right to clear the peripheral connections of the laptop casing.

    • Lift the motherboard out of the laptop.

  15. The RAM is located on the reverse side of the motherboard.
    • The RAM is located on the reverse side of the motherboard.

    • Gently push the two metal clips outwards that hold the RAM in place.

    • Upon releasing the clips, the RAM will pop up in a spring-like action.

  16. Lift the RAM module out of its place.
    • Lift the RAM module out of its place.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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