RAM Upgrade - M18x (with pics)

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  1. Smooth_J

    Smooth_J Notebook Deity

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    Many people had or have issues upgrading the RAM on the m18x since its under the KB.

    Since I was going to send the system back - I figure why not snap a few pics since I need to take out the memory/HD anyway :)


    Before you work on your laptop, please take off any jewelry, watches, bracelets, or anything else that could harm it :)


    Main Manual (read well before doing this):
    Documentation

    These pics assume you are comfortable taking the laptop apart, so if you have any questions or feel I should elaborate some more, please let me know.

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    I assume you know how to take off the bottom cover by now. If not take out the battery and remove the 4 screws. Once you have done that, then you can slide the cover off towards the back of the laptop.

    Remove all the screws as indicated with the letter "I". I tried to give you a good idea as to where they maybe.

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    Once you get all the screws out (could be a pain since a few times they don't just fall out), flip the laptop over carefully and open the lid. From there start with the right side and pry the back up.

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    Once you get a good enough force on it, it will just pop right up.

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    Start on the other side and do the same, and it will pop right up as well.

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    Move your finger slowly around the edges and it will just pop right up.

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    Once it has popped up, you can gently place it near the screen of the laptop. Notice how I put some microfiber sheets on the screen to protect it from damage :)

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    Remove the screws from the top of the keyboard as indicated by the arrows.

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    Pick up keyboard with your hand and lay it flat on the trackpad/palmrest. You could use a microfiber or a cloth to protect the trackpad/palmrest if you wish.

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    Install the memory as you normally would :)

    Now when you are done, install everything in reverse order.

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    Showing how the HDs are stacked and the connector.

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  2. Zero989

    Zero989 Notebook Virtuoso

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    wow very nice, + rep
     
  3. hovawarten

    hovawarten Notebook Geek

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    Thank you for sharing these! It's really helpful~
     
  4. alienair

    alienair Notebook Enthusiast

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    An excellent step by step guide.
     
  5. Lp18

    Lp18 Notebook Consultant

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    Detailed, visual guide with signs, simple and good makes its awsome guide.
     
  6. jabbok

    jabbok Notebook Deity

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    Thanks for the pictures very useful and pretty straightforward +rep
     
  7. Eliphion

    Eliphion Notebook Consultant

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    +rep thanks man. I've never opened up a laptop before so this guide will be extremely useful when I upgrade my HD and RAM :)
     
  8. cookinwitdiesel

    cookinwitdiesel Retired Bencher

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    Very nice guide! Need someone with as much patience as you to do one for CPUs and GPUs......I sort of Leroy Jenkins'd mine and it all worked.....lol
     
  9. Speedy Gonzalez

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    +rep thanks for this pics :)
     
  10. SOS4DELL

    SOS4DELL A Notebook Philosopher

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    A great (and simply) tutorial! +rep

    Maybe the moderators can make a special folder just for tutorials so we don't need to search the all forum for them?

    (Just my 0.01 cent)
     
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