How to Install Memory in Toshiba Satellite Laptop Computer

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Adding Random Access Memory (RAM) is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to improve the performance of your Toshiba laptop. You can determine what kind of RAM you need by looking at the RAM chips already installed or going to Toshiba's website and entering your model number into its search engine. Different programs and operating systems determine how much RAM you should be using, so determine how much you'll need for your unique requirements.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Toshiba Laptop
  • Laptop RAM (SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 in appropriate speeds and amounts)
  • Screwdriver

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    Installing RAM on your Toshiba Sattelite

  1. 1

    Flip your laptop so the lid faces the ground. Remove the screws on the back of the case that holds your memory. It will be easily identifiable, as a symbol that looks like a RAM chip will be on it.

  2. 2

    Remove the battery by releasing the battery lock and sliding the battery out.

  3. 3

    Uncase the existing memory from the motherboard by pushing outward on the metal arms that hold the RAM in place.

  4. 4

    Insert the new RAM. The stick has a groove in it and the place it goes into has a plastic piece sticking out. Line these up and slowly insert the stick into place until you hear or feel it snap into place. Do not force the issue, instead attempt to realign it until it fits, as you can damage the RAM and the motherboard by using too much pressure.

  5. 5

    Put the cover back on the RAM area and screw it back in, then replace the battery.

  6. 6

    Boot to Windows or your BIOS and determine if the system is recognising the memory you've just installed.

Tips and warnings

  • offer an easy way to quickly check what kind of RAM you need.
  • Toshiba doesn't make memory chips of its own, so any brand will do. However, check to make sure it's made by a reputable manufacturer. If you're shopping for RAM and the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Both sticks of RAM do not have to be the same thing, or even same speed.
  • Remove your battery before replacing your RAM or you can damage your motherboard.

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