The Dell D430 ultra-portable notebook is popular with travelling business users because of its light weight, long battery life and powerful Intel Ultra Low Voltage 1.33 gigahertz (GHz) processor. Nevertheless, users are not immune to experiencing frustrating delays when games, videos or the Internet overload the processing stream with too much information. One of the most cost-effective ways to maximise the D430's performance is to upgrade its random access memory (RAM). More RAM means faster applications and greater efficiency.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- PC2-5300 memory modules
- Phillips screwdriver
Shut down all computer applications. Turn off the Dell D430. Unplug the power supply to prevent risk of electrical shock. Close the cover and turn the computer upside-down. Slide the two battery-bay latch releases toward the sides of the D430. Slide the battery out toward the back of the laptop.
Remove the three Phillips screws on the memory/mini-card module cover in the centre of the laptop's underside. Tilt the cover up toward the rear of the D430 and remove it. Touch a metal connector on the back of the computer as protection against static electricity.
Spread apart the securing clips on each side of the memory module until it pops up slightly. Remove the RAM module. Insert a new module into the connector slot at a 45 degree angle, metal contacts first. Press the RAM down flat with your fingers until the securing clips click into place.
Replace the memory/mini-card module cover. Screw the three screws back in. Replace the battery and turn the D430 upright.
Tips and warnings
- The Dell D430 comes with 1 gigabyte (GB) of permanent memory built into the system board and one RAM slot that can take up to 1GB of additional memory.
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