Installing a SODIMM memory module in your notebook

STEP 1: Get out the tools you'll need.

  • Memory module(s)
  • Non-magnetic-tip screwdriver (for removing cover only)
  • Your computer manual

STEP 2: Turn off and unplug your notebook.

  • Turn your notebook power off.
  • Unplug the power cord.
  • Remove the battery.
  • Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.

STEP 3: Open your case and ground yourself.

Every notebook case is a little different. Consult your manual to find out where your SODIMM slots are located and how to open that part of your notebook case, but the most common places for SODIMM are under the keyboard or behind a back access panel

Opening the computer case

Remove back cover

Static electricity can damage your module and other computer parts. Ground yourself to avoid "shocking" your computer. We offer anti-static wrist straps to make this easy. And if you don't have wrist straps, here is how to ground yourself:

  • Turn off the computer, monitor, and all accessories (printer, speakers, etc.)
  • Unplug the computer power cord. (You can unplug your accessories if you like.)
  • Briefly touch an unpainted metal part of your computer case.
  • Plant your feet and don't walk around. If you do need to walk around, ground yourself again before touching any of the internal parts of your computer.

STEP 4: Remove the memory you are replacing (if necessary).

If you have an open SODIMM slot, skip this step and go on to Step 5. If all of your SODIMM slots are full, you will need to remove one or more of your old modules before you can install the new memory.

  • Press down on the retaining clips on either side of the module.
  • Remove the module from the slot.
  • Do not use any tools in the removal or installation of memory modules.

STEP 5: Install your new module(s).

  • Take your module out of its anti-static bag and hold it by the edges.
  • If you have more than one open slot, fill the lowest-numbered slot first.
  • Line up the notch in the row of metal pins at the bottom of your module with the key in the SODIMM slot on your motherboard. (If the notch doesn't line up right away, flip your module around and try it the other way. It doesn't matter which side of your module has the black chips or the stickers on it. The important thing is to line up the notch.)
  • Hold the module at a 45-degree angle to the slot and slide it into place. No more than 1/16" of the gold contacts should be showing when the module is properly seated in the slot.

  • Push hard! It can take 20 to 30 pounds of pressure to install a module.

  • Press the top of the module down until it is lying flat against the motherboard and you hear it snap into place.

Tip: Try to avoid touching the metal pins at the bottom of your module. You probably won't harm them if you do touch them, but it's better to avoid it if possible.

STEP 6: Test it.

Before you close your case, turn your computer back on. You should see the new amount of memory displayed on your startup screens or in the properties for "My Computer" (if you use a Windows operating system). If everything works correctly, you are done and you can close your case. If you have any problems, go to Step 7 for troubleshooting tips.

STEP 7: Troubleshooting

If you have trouble with your new RAM, check these things first.

  • Check the power cords. Is everything plugged in properly?
  • Check the module. Did both side clips snap to hold the module firmly in place? Try removing the module and replacing it to make sure it is seated properly in the slot.
  • Check the wires and cables inside your computer. Did you accidentally bump one of the cables inside your computer while you were installing your module? A loose hard drive cable can prevent your computer from booting up properly. Make sure all the cables are firmly in their sockets.
  • If you're still having difficulties with your RAM, check the Crucial FAQ section. You may find an easy solution for your problem.

STEP 8: Close your system

That's it! Now just put the put the cover or keyboard back on and plug in your accessories. Power your computer up and see what a difference a memory upgrade can make.

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