The Panasonic Toughbook series is a line of portable personal computers designed for those who are tough on their machines. The laptops have a spill-resistant keyboard and are encased in armour to protect against being dropped. Even though they are built tough, installing Random Access Memory (RAM) is relatively easy.
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Power down the computer. Make sure the machine is not in sleep mode; it must be completely turned off. Unplug the AC adaptor and remove the battery from the Toughbook. Also disconnect any other peripheral devices.
Turn the laptop upside down and rotate it so the front of the laptop is toward you. You'll see a small rectangular cover held in by a screw. Remove the screw with a screwdriver and take off the cover to reveal the RAM compartment.
Install the new RAM module by sliding it into the slot at a 30-degree angle. Push it in until the gold pins are no longer visible.
Push the back edge of the RAM module down so it locks into place. This will hold the chip securely if the Toughbook is dropped.
Replace the cover and screw it in. Reinstall the battery and plug the AC adaptor and all peripherals back into the Toughbook. Turn the machine on and make sure the module is being recognised.
Tips and warnings
- Use a anti-static mat and wrist guard to prevent static discharge from ruining your computer components. Alternatively, touch an unpainted metal surface prior to touching any internal components.
- Consult the reference manual for your Toughbook model.
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