How to Increase the RAM in My Toshiba Satellite Pro L20

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How to Increase the RAM in My Toshiba Satellite Pro L20
Insert RAM chips with the gold ends pointing down. (ram 2 image by PeteG from

Your Toshiba Satellite L20 model with Windows XP professional has two memory card slots. Depending on how your unit was configured at the factory, you may have one expansion slot open or you may already be using both slots. Upgrading your memory on the L20 Satellite requires using two memory cards with identical speeds and capacities, so it is best to replace both chips at the same time to avoid problems. The L20 has a maximum capacity of 2,048 MB of random access memory (RAM), so for maximum performance, choose two 1,024 MB or 1 GB RAM replacement chips.

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Things you need

  • Small Phillips screwdriver
  • Compatible RAM chips

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  1. 1

    Save your data and close out of any programs. Shut your computer down completely and remove the power cord.

  2. 2

    Turn the computer over and remove the battery by pressing outward on the battery cover latch, then pulling the battery free once it releases.

  3. 3

    Remove the two outer screws that hold the memory slot cover in place by unscrewing them with a Phillips screwdriver. The memory slot is located at the centre of your computer. It is the only removable cover that is not near an outside edge on the L20.

  4. 4

    Remove the slot cover and pull the clips away from the existing memory module. When it pops up slightly, lift it gently and pull it out at a 45-degree angle to the computer base.

  5. 5

    Open your new RAM chip packaging and press the first chip into the lower memory slot at the same 45-degree angle, then press it gently into the body of the computer until the clips click into place. The gold ends go into the slot, while the non-metallic end faces out.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process for the second RAM chip, if applicable.

  7. 7

    Replace the memory slot cover and screws, and then replace the battery.

  8. 8

    Turn the computer back on.

Tips and warnings

  • Never touch the gold contacts on the memory card. Hold it carefully by the edges and do not open the packaging until you are ready to insert it to avoid static build-up.

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