How to upgrade memory in a laptop

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Upgrading the memory in a laptop is one of the few upgrades that can be performed by a home computer user. Laptops are designed to be self-contained and transportable and as such they are made as a single unit. Upgrades to memory only requires the removal of a few screws.


How to upgrade memory in a laptop

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Upgrading the memory in a laptop is one of the few upgrades that can be performed by a home computer user. Laptops are designed to be self-contained and transportable and as such they are made as a single unit. Upgrades to memory only requires the removal of a few screws.


Start by reading the manual for the laptop. This simple step can save some headaches. The manual will explain the laptop's maximum memory capability and the proper type of memory.


Check to see how much memory is currently on the laptop. The "system properties" screen displays the laptop's memory. The amount of memory to purchase depends on how much the laptop currently contains. Some laptops require each memory slot to hold the identical amount of memory.


Buy the correct memory chip(s). The more memory a laptop has, the smoother it operates. Watch local electronics store advertisements as memory is often on sale.


Remove the laptop's battery. This is just a safety precaution to prevent any possible damage to the computer. Also, keep the memory chip in its static proof bag until the minute it is needed.


Take out the screws that hold the memory cover. This exposes the memory sockets.


Examine the current memory chip to see how it is seated in the socket. Laptop memory chips are installed on an angle and then gently laid down into the laptop's body.


Insert the chip gently into the socket until it seats itself. The laptop's memory chip can only be inserted in one direction. Memory chips should never be forced, but gentle firm pressure is needed when inserting the chip. Even a person doing a memory upgrade for the first time can feel the chip when it slides into place properly.


Replace the cover and tighten the screws. Restart the computer and check the startup screen to see if it registers the new amount of memory. If the laptop and Windows recognize the upgrade, the computer is ready for use.


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