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Introduction

This model's RAM is located in an unusual place, underneath the motherboard. The motherboard must first be carefully lifted before you can access the RAM.

  1. Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.
    • Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.

    • Slide the black battery latches inward to remove the battery.

  2. Pull the battery out towards you while your fingers are still holding the latches in place.
    • Pull the battery out towards you while your fingers are still holding the latches in place.

  3. Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  4. Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal. Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal. Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal.
    • Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal.

  5. Remove fifteen 7 mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove fifteen 7 mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  6. Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose  another screw. Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose another screw.

    • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  7. Use a metal spudger to remove  the rubber "feet" to expose  two screws. Use a metal spudger to remove  the rubber "feet" to expose  two screws.
    • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber "feet" to expose two screws.

  8. Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.
    • Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.

    • Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove a 4.8 mm screw on each side.

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  10. Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.
    • Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.

    • The end caps will require some force to remove.

  11. Remove the following six screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver:
    • Remove the following six screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver:

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 4.8 mm screws.

  12. Remove two 2.4 mm broadhead screws from the CD Drive bay with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Remove two 2.4 mm broadhead screws from the CD Drive bay with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  13. Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure. Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure.
    • Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure.

  14. Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.
    • Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.

  15. Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard.

  16. Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.

  17. Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard. You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

    • You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.

  18. Remove four 5.6 mm screws with a Phillips 1 screwdriver.
    • Remove four 5.6 mm screws with a Phillips 1 screwdriver.

    • Remove one 3 mm screw with a Phillips 1 screwdriver.

  19. Remove the ribbon connecting the optical drive bay to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the optical drive bay to the motherboard.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the optical drive bay to the motherboard.

  20. Remove the ribbon connecting the hard drive to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the hard drive to the motherboard.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the hard drive to the motherboard.

  21. Disconnect the ribbon from the motherboard that passes over the hard drive. Disconnect the ribbon from the motherboard that passes over the hard drive.
    • Disconnect the ribbon from the motherboard that passes over the hard drive.

  22. There are still cables between the motherboard and the laptop. Carefully lift the motherboard and lean it against the screen.
    • There are still cables between the motherboard and the laptop.

    • Carefully lift the motherboard and lean it against the screen.

  23. The motherboard has two slots for the RAM. The process for removing each one is the same Pull the metal tabs away from the RAM. Pull the metal tabs away from the RAM.
    • The motherboard has two slots for the RAM. The process for removing each one is the same

    • Pull the metal tabs away from the RAM.

  24. Do not touch the circuits on the RAM. Only hold the RAM by its edges.
    • Do not touch the circuits on the RAM. Only hold the RAM by its edges.

    • Gently remove the RAM from its slot.

Conclusion

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

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