How to Replace the Memory in an HP 6510B Laptop

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How to Replace the Memory in an HP 6510B Laptop
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The HP Compaq 6510b is a laptop computer with the ability to support a large amount of RAM--up to 4 GB. However, the computer can also operate with as little as 512 MB installed. Depending on how you configured your HP Compaq 6510b when purchasing it, your computer may be far from having the maximum amount of RAM supported. You can increase the speed of your HP Compaq 6510b, particularly when working with very large files, by upgrading the memory.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • 2 DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) DDR2-SDRAM notebook memory modules

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  1. 1

    Turn the HP Compaq 6510b off and remove the battery. Place the computer on a table or desktop with the screen facing down.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the single Phillips-head screw holding the large vented panel to the bottom of the 6510b. Remove the panel from the 6510b and set it aside.

  3. 3

    Pull the two metal clips on either side of the first 6510b memory module aside to make the module rise out of the slot. Remove the module from the slot and place it in an anti-static bag.

  4. 4

    Place the upgrade memory module into the open slot at an angle, so the metal contacts on the bottom of the module can go into the connector first. After inserting the metal contacts fully, push the top of the memory module down to make the metal clips lock around it.

  5. 5

    Remove the Phillips-head screwdriver inside the memory compartment, and the screws in the back-left corner of the 6510b and back-right corner of the memory compartment (if the 6510b battery compartment faces away from you). These screws lock the keyboard in place.

  6. 6

    Turn the 6510b over and open the screen. Locate the four black plastic tabs along the top row of the keyboard, and push all of them toward the front of the 6510b to release the keyboard. Swing the keyboard up and forward, leaving the cable connected.

  7. 7

    Remove and replace the second memory module by repeating the directions in steps 3-4.

  8. 8

    Swing the keyboard back down, and push the four black tabs to their original positions. Close the screen and flip the 6510b over.

  9. 9

    Replace the three Phillips-head screws to lock the keyboard in place.

  10. 10

    Replace the cover for the first memory compartment, and screw it down.

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