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Before purchasing a RAM stick and/or performing the upgrade, ensure that it is compatible with your laptop!
Upgrading your laptop's RAM (Random Access Memory) is essential in keeping up with the ever-increasing memory demands of computer software. For some, opening a laptop and performing these upgrades is a daunting task -- however, we hope that with this guide, you will be able to upgrade the RAM on your laptop in cases where the RAM slot is located in the back of the unit. This video and written tutorial is specifically-applicable to most HP laptops, however if the RAM slots on your non-HP laptop is also located in the back, then this guide can serve as a good point-of-reference for you.
Video Walkthrough: Upgrading RAM in Your HP Laptop
What you will need:
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver (optional)
- One or more new RAM sticks
- Your laptop
Step One: Removing the Back Cover
- With the laptop lying face down, slide & hold the security tab outwards and slide the back panel off. This should reveal the internals of the laptop, which includes all of the various components required for the laptop to function (processor, graphics card, RAM, hard drive, etc.).
Step Two: Removing the Existing RAM sticks
- Now that the back panel is removed, you should have access to the RAM slots -- which on our HP laptop is located in the center of the unit. Working on the topmost RAM stick first, use your flathead screwdriver to gently unlock the two tabs that are securing the RAM sticks in place by bending the tabs outwards. If you do not have a flathead screwdriver, anything that is tiny enough to bend the tab back without damaging the RAM stick should suffice.
- Once the tabs have been unlocked, the existing RAM stick should automatically pop-up and be removable. If the RAM stick does not pop-up despite the fact that both tabs are unlocked, gently pry up-from-under the stick and it should pop up. If it is resistant in this case, you may have not unlocked the RAM stick correctly.
Step Three: Installing Your New RAM Sticks
- Working from the bottom-up this time (if you removed both RAM sticks), insert your new RAM stick into the connector slot at a 30-degree angle. Ensure that the pins match -- and if they do, then the RAM stick should easily slide into the slot.
- Ensure that all of the yellow-pins are secured and hidden from sight (in the connector slot) and push down to pop it into place. If done correctly, the tabs that hold the RAM stick in place should automatically re-secure itself.
- Repeat for the topmost stick if you are upgrading both RAM sticks.
Step Four: Replacing the Back Cover
- Now that the RAM is secured, all that is left is to replace the back panel that was removed at the start of the process. This is simply a matter of sliding the back cover into its place.
Congratulations! If done correctly, you should have successfully upgraded the memory available in your HP laptop. Power your laptop back on to ensure that there are no issues. Now your laptop should be running smoother than ever -- with the capability of handling more memory-intensive applications!