Introduction

Use this guide to upgrade or replace the RAM in your Dell Latitude D630. RAM is your laptop's temporary memory, and insufficient or failing RAM can cause your computer to run slowly or not at all.

Parts

No parts required.

Shutdown the computer, detach it from any power source, and make sure the laptop is closed with its latch securely shut.
  • Shutdown the computer, detach it from any power source, and make sure the laptop is closed with its latch securely shut.

  • Turn the laptop over so its bottom is facing you.

  • The laptop pictured comes with a palm rest attached to the battery case. This part may not be present on your laptop. Regardless, the steps are exactly the same.

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Using two index fingers, slide the battery latches outward.
  • Using two index fingers, slide the battery latches outward.

  • While still holding the latches out, use your thumbs to slide the battery out towards you.

  • Once the battery is dislodged, you can let go of the latches and remove the battery.

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With the battery removed, turn the laptop face up and open the lid a complete 180 degrees. Using a plastic opening tool, pry off the corner of the keyboard bezel by undoing the tab. Once you've removed the corner of the bezel, you can use your hands to slowly, but with moderate force, pull the rest of the bezel slightly up and towards you to release the remaining tabs.
  • With the battery removed, turn the laptop face up and open the lid a complete 180 degrees.

  • Using a plastic opening tool, pry off the corner of the keyboard bezel by undoing the tab.

  • Once you've removed the corner of the bezel, you can use your hands to slowly, but with moderate force, pull the rest of the bezel slightly up and towards you to release the remaining tabs.

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Remove the three 3mm Phillips #0 screws securing the keyboard.
  • Remove the three 3mm Phillips #0 screws securing the keyboard.

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Slowly bring the keyboard up and fold it back onto the touchpad. Be careful not to pull too hard or too far when folding over the keyboard. The keyboard is still connected to the motherboard by a short ribbon cable.
  • Slowly bring the keyboard up and fold it back onto the touchpad.

  • Be careful not to pull too hard or too far when folding over the keyboard. The keyboard is still connected to the motherboard by a short ribbon cable.

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Use a plastic opening tool to unhook the blue latch that secures the keyboard cable. Using the blue tab, pull the keyboard cable connector from its socket on the motherboard.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to unhook the blue latch that secures the keyboard cable.

  • Using the blue tab, pull the keyboard cable connector from its socket on the motherboard.

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Locate and unscrew the captive screw indicated in the picture on the left to detach the panel.
  • Locate and unscrew the captive screw indicated in the picture on the left to detach the panel.

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Use your fingers to push out the latches holding the RAM in place.
  • Use your fingers to push out the latches holding the RAM in place.

  • The RAM should now sit up at an angle so you can safely remove it.

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Use your fingers to push out the latches holding the RAM in place. The RAM should now sit up at an angle so you can safely remove it.
  • Use your fingers to push out the latches holding the RAM in place.

  • The RAM should now sit up at an angle so you can safely remove it.

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Conclusion

To install the new RAM, set it in the slot at an angle and push it in until the latches reclick.

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I did it!, I went to fry's electronic and got two moduals of Ram 2GB @ each. for a deal I though. I followed the instructions and finally got them. But for some reason I had to put the old Modual back in the B slot under the keyboard. Because with the new one in that place It would not boot. I got nothing except flashing light on my key board. I finally replaced the same one that came out, and put a new modual in the A slot and the machine started working. However I follow your guide and it was Right On Thank you

This is my only computer and I was scared to try it this time of night. But it work out good now I have 4GB where I only had two. again thank you and thank this web Site

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Beuford Kidd - Reply

Hello, I followed this tutorial to the letter , but now my laptop won't turn on at all. The lights flicker stay on for about 30 seconds then it turns off . I upgraded it to 4 gigs of instead of the 2 it had. Any idea what it could be since it was working fine before I did the memory upgrade.

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I forgot to mention .. now it doesn't work even with the original ram installed. I've reinstalled both repeated times and still nothing. I've been doing this for a few months now. I'm feeling incredulous considering it was a working laptop before I upgraded the ram. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

BewitchedFae - Reply

I have exactly the same problem as BewitchFae. Help San333

Paul Dillon - Reply

Whew mission complete. The hardest part for me was getting the keyboard bezel off. I was afraid of breaking something. I did pop the End key off when the spudger slipped, but the key was easy enough to pop back on.

What might cause you issues is seating the new memory into the slots. I had to seat them a couple of times to make sure they were all the way in the slot. If the side locking tabs are not equally below the half circle cutouts on the sides of the memory then that's a good indicator that the memory isn't properally seated. Slot A was tougher to tell if it was seated properly.

All in all this guide was a huge help. Probably not the easiest procedure to complete but this guide helps tremendously.

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