A memory upgrade can improve the performance of your HP laptop and is a fairly easy task to complete. You need to ensure you purchase the correct specification of memory for your specific model and make note of the maximum quantity of memory your laptop can support.
Source the correct memory for your laptop. Your laptop user guide will detail the type of memory compatible with your laptop model. If you don't have your manual, you can download a copy from the HP website (see Resources).
Alternatively, most memory suppliers have web-based tools available to scan your laptop and reveal the type of memory you need.
Power down your laptop. Disconnect the electric adapter and battery.
Locate the small square panel on the underside of your laptop that covers the memory chips. It usually has a small symbol next to it that looks like a small computer chip. Consult your manual if you need help finding it.
Ground yourself by placing one hand against the computer casing and another against a grounded metal surface. This discharges any static electricity from your body to avoid damaging your computer.
Remove the small screw(s) holding down the panel and lift off the plastic cover to reveal two RAM slots. In some circumstances, both slots may already be in use, which means one or more of the RAM modules will have to be removed and replaced in order to install a larger quantity of RAM.
Remove any existing memory by locating the small metal tabs located at either end of each memory module. Pull the tabs gently outwards. The memory will flip up to a 45-degree angle, allowing you to remove the chip.
Insert the new chips into the slots at a 45-degree angle and then gently push them down so they clip into place. The metal tabs will automatically close around them.
Replace the plastic panel cover. Connect the battery to your laptop.
Power up your laptop. You can confirm your memory upgrade has been recognized by going to the Windows Control Panel and double-clicking the "System" option. This will show how much RAM is installed.
- Determine whether both of your memory slots are already in use before purchasing your RAM upgrade. If both slots are in use, you'll need to remove and replace the existing memory with modules of a higher capacity. Verify by looking inside the memory panel or using an online memory scanner tool (see Resources) which will reveal this information.
- Although this is a simple upgrade, installing the wrong memory or installing it incorrectly could damage your laptop. You may prefer to pay a local computer shop or HP service center to perform the upgrade for you.
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