Introduction

This guide will give step-by-step instructions on how to replace the memory card in your device.

To prevent injury and loss of data, ensure the device is turned off.
  • To prevent injury and loss of data, ensure the device is turned off.

  • Slide the release latches out toward the edges to unlock the battery.

Remove the battery by pulling it up and out.
  • Remove the battery by pulling it up and out.

On the bottom of the laptop locate the removable panel and screw holding it to the body. Loosen the screw and take the cover off. On the bottom of the laptop locate the removable panel and screw holding it to the body. Loosen the screw and take the cover off.
  • On the bottom of the laptop locate the removable panel and screw holding it to the body. Loosen the screw and take the cover off.

Remove the black and white antenna cable from the  wifi adapter by pinching the gold contacts with  the tips of your finger, or you can use tweezers,  and pull them straight away from the adapter. Unscrew the single 5mm Phillips 0 screw on the top right of the adapter. The adapter should start to angle away from the body of the computer. Once the screw is off completely,  pull the adapter out of the data slot.
  • Remove the black and white antenna cable from the wifi adapter by pinching the gold contacts with the tips of your finger, or you can use tweezers, and pull them straight away from the adapter.

  • Unscrew the single 5mm Phillips 0 screw on the top right of the adapter. The adapter should start to angle away from the body of the computer. Once the screw is off completely, pull the adapter out of the data slot.

Using a prying tool, gently pry the palm rest off of the palm rest bracket. Start prying from one side and slowly work your way around.
  • Using a prying tool, gently pry the palm rest off of the palm rest bracket. Start prying from one side and slowly work your way around.

  • Carefully remove the palm rest from the computer base since it is still connected by a cable and to avoid damage to the palm rest.

Gently pull the touchpad cable off the palm rest bracket.
  • Gently pull the touchpad cable off the palm rest bracket.

  • Lift the rest of the palm rest off the computer base.

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Remove the three 8mm Philips 0 screws securing the keyboard.
  • Remove the three 8mm Philips 0 screws securing the keyboard.

Turn over the device and open the display.
  • Turn over the device and open the display.

  • Gently pry open the keyboard with the plastic opening tool, working under the edges to release the clips.

Lift the keyboard off of the support bracket carefully since it is still connected by a ribbon cable. Lift the keyboard off of the support bracket carefully since it is still connected by a ribbon cable.
  • Lift the keyboard off of the support bracket carefully since it is still connected by a ribbon cable.

Push the clips out on either side of the ribbon cable to release it. Gently disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the clear tab.
  • Push the clips out on either side of the ribbon cable to release it.

  • Gently disconnect the ribbon cable by pulling on the clear tab.

  • Remove the keyboard.

Close the device and turn over.
  • Close the device and turn over.

  • Remove the five 8mm Phillips 0 screws.

Turn the device over and open the display. Remove the single 8mm Phillips 0 screw attaching the hard-drive cage to the body of the device.
  • Turn the device over and open the display.

  • Remove the single 8mm Phillips 0 screw attaching the hard-drive cage to the body of the device.

Pull on the black tab and slide the hard-drive cage toward the USB port on the left side of the device until its comes free and carefully lift out of device. Pull on the black tab and slide the hard-drive cage toward the USB port on the left side of the device until its comes free and carefully lift out of device.
  • Pull on the black tab and slide the hard-drive cage toward the USB port on the left side of the device until its comes free and carefully lift out of device.

Remove the four 6mm Philips 0 screws securing the bracket. Remove the four 6mm Philips 0 screws securing the bracket.
  • Remove the four 6mm Philips 0 screws securing the bracket.

Disconnect the following: Power button cable Speaker cable
  • Disconnect the following:

    • Power button cable

    • Speaker cable

    • Power status light cable

    • Bluetooth cable (if installed)

Gently pry off the bracket using the prying tool.
  • Gently pry off the bracket using the prying tool.

Remove the following:
  • Remove the following:

    • Two 4mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard

    • AC adapter cable

    • USB and SIM card cable connector

    • Display cable connector

  • Carefully lift the motherboard out.

Turn the motherboard over.
  • Turn the motherboard over.

  • Push the clips out on either side of the memory card until it pops up.

  • Remove the memory card.

Conclusion

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

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It is possible to upgrade the memory by simply (!) cutting aq hole in the bottom of the computer case. I used the pictures and Vulcan logic to determine the location and dimensions of the required hole. I used a vibrating saw to cut the hole. You need to be careful not to cut too deep. Once you have a square panel cut out, you need to snip through the copper shield covering the memory card. Then it is a simple in and out replacement. I used a leftover 2 Gig memory card from my MacBook Pro.

Mucheasier than taking out all those screws and connectors!

Paul Vale - Reply

Here’s an easier-but riskier- technique. Cut a rectangular hole in the bottom of your Mini 10V. I did it and it worked. Needles to say, you must be careful not to cut too deep! Measure in from the left side (computer shut, upside down and the empty battery compartment away from you) 3/4 inch, and 4.5 inch (from the edge. the lines you draw will be 3.75 inches apart. measure up from the keyboard edge 2.5 inches and 4.75 inches and draw horizontal lines. The ‘box’ you drew is your cutting template. Once inside you need to cut a copper shield to get to the memory card. From that point on it’s easy. I used the 2 gig memory card from my MacBook Pro. When you’re done, glue the panel you cut out back in place and reinsert battery and you’re ready to go. (For cutting the hole, I used a vibrating multi tool with a saw blade)

Disclaimer: Your mileage may vary. If you brick your Mini 10V, you can buy another on Ebay for ~$75.

Good Luck.

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