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How to Install RAM in a Dell Latitude D531 Laptop

Increase the performance of your Dell D531 Latitude laptop by installing more RAM memory. There is no better way to increase the speed at which your D531 Latitude bows your operating system and starts applications. Installing more RAM memory in your Dell laptop will also allow you to open and more applications and programs at the same time. This allows you to multitask better and to be more productive.

Installing RAM memory in a Dell Latitude D5 31 laptop is easy, and something most people can do within a few minutes.

Turn off your laptop and shut it down. Disconnect the AC adaptor as well as any other cables attached to your D5 31 latitude laptop (i.e. an external keyboard, mouse or an external monitor).

Locate the small indent on the right side of the hinge cover. Use a scribe and a flathead screwdriver to pry out the hinge cover and remove it.

Remove the three screws at the top of the keyboard with the Phillips screwdriver. Lift up on the keyboard so that you can access the connector cable. Remove the connector cable and the keyboard from the laptop.

Ground yourself by a touching a metal connector inside of the computer with one of your bare hands. This will help prevent electrostatic discharge inside the computer.

Locate the memory slot. If you are replacing a memory module, remove the current module by pressing the securing clips outward. Then, lift up on the memory module and lifted out of the slot.

Align the small notch on the new memory module with the notch in the memory slot. Insert the new module firmly into the slot and hold it at about a 30 to 45 degree angle. Pivot the module downward until it snaps into place.

Replace the keyboard and hinge cover. Reinsert the battery and AC adaptor. Start your computer as you normally would.

Turn off your Dell laptop and shut it down. Remove the battery and disconnect the AC adaptor. Remove any other cables connected to the laptop.

Flip the Latitude D531 laptop over so that it is facing bottom side up. Locate the memory slot cover and use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the retaining screw. Set the memory slot cover aside.

Remove the current module if one is present.

Install the new memory module by aligning the notch on the contact edge of the module with the notch in the memory slot. Insert the new module into the slot at a 45-degree angle. Then, pivot the new module downward until it locks and snaps into place.

Replace the memory slot cover and the retaining screw. Reinsert the battery and connect the AC adaptor. Connect any other cables to the computer and turn it back on.

Tip

Use only certified Dell laptop memory for the best performance.

Warning

Always wear an anti-static wrist strap before installing memory into your Dell laptop to prevent possible in electrostatic discharge, which may damage the components in your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips #0 screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Scribe
  • DDR2 PC2-5300 SDRAM or DDR2 PC2-6400 SDRAM SODIMM memory module
  • Anti-static wrist strap
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About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.