Walkthrough – Replacing Memory on my Asus Laptop
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Hey y’all! Today I’m going to show you the steps to take to upgrade the memory on your laptop. This can be done with any laptop, but for this purpose I will using my Asus laptop.
Before you get started on this, be sure to read my post on preparing to do work on your laptop. It includes loads of helpful tips such as doing research on your laptop model and making sure you get the right parts needed. In any case, there are two important things you will need: the screwdriver set (which you can get here ) and the proper laptop memory. You can look into the laptop user manual to see what memory is allowed in your laptop.
In my case, the Asus has 4GB internal memory (memory that is on the motherboard; this is non-replaceable) and 4GB external (replaceable) memory. My computer can handle up 12GB of memory (that’s including the non-replaceable) memory. I almost got this wrong because I thought it could go up to 16GB, but this is why it’s important to do your research on your laptop. So for this, I have my screwdriver kit and an 8GB memory card. Also, make sure you have a flat surface to work on. And lastly, know that you are doing this at your own risk and while this is a simple procedure, things can go wrong. Highly recommend you not do this if your laptop is under warranty as any damage/changes made to your laptop will void it.
Now we can get started.
Step 1: Unscrew the laptop
Power down and unplug your laptop. Find the right bit for you laptop screws and start loosing them on your laptop. Make sure to keep track on where your screws are in. They make look the same size, but trust me they are different.
Step 2: Remove the bottom
Most laptops are sealed up, so it’s going to take some work to loosen it up. Take a thick business card or any other card you don’t mind risking getting a little messed up (I used my Metro card for this purpose) and start sliding it along the edge to get the part to come off. Be careful not to go too far in with your card; you can risk cutting the ribbons inside your laptop and then you’ll have a much bigger problem on your hands.
Step 3: Unplug the Battery
We have the back off now. Yay! Now take a moment and look around. Isn’t it fascinating? All those tiny moving parts. Now, the next step is to unplug the battery from the motherboard so that to stop any electricity from going through the parts. This ensures nothing gets damaged while you are working on it. I’ll be honest though, I forgot to do this step. But don’t be like me! Safety first.
As far as your memory card, it should be easy to spot. I have one slot but depending on your laptop model you probably will have two.
Step 4: Remove the old memory card
Take your fingers and use then to pull the clasps away form the memory card. The memory card will flip up and from there you can pull it out and set it in a safe place (either in the packaging where the new memory card came in or in an anti-static bag). You don’t want to leave it out and risk it getting damaged.
Step 5: Add the new memory
Place your new memory card diagonally into the slot (similar to how it was when you took out the old one). Once it is in place, take your finger and push the card back down until you hear a “click” sound, which will be the clasps securing the memory card in place.
Step 6: Close up the laptop and test
Now, you can plug your battery back in, close up the laptop and test it out! I recommend leaving the laptop screws off until you can confirm that your laptop is functioning normally. But if you don’t see anything weird with it after 15 minutes, then it’s safe to screw everything back together.
Bonus: It doesn’t work!
If you find that your computer doesn’t turn on or if it is giving you errors, give it a couple of minutes for the card to adjust. If it still don’t work, double-check the memory card and make sure it is properly seated into the slot. If all else fails, the memory card may not be supported by the motherboard and you’ll need to get the old one added back in.
I hope this tutorial was helpful for you in helping you upgrade your memory. Have fun and enjoy!