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Keith Appleton Aug 15, 2009, 09:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi, I want to replace the 512 ram with 2gig, how do I access the memory module thats already fitted. I take it that I have to remove the keyboard. I have removed all the screws from the bottom of the computer, but still cannot get the top to come off, some things still holding it in the middle. All the screws removed had an arrow pointing to them. Hope someone can help


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Liquid Shadow Aug 15, 2009, 09:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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From what I have googled it looks like that you should be able to access the RAM compartment on the back of the laptop by simply removing a small cover. Is this your laptop?

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Keith Appleton Aug 15, 2009, 10:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Keith Appleton Aug 15, 2009, 10:07am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No that's not the same. The cover on the bottom only has the empty slot, I believe the one with the installed ram is under the key board.
Thanks for replying

Ninos Shihale Aug 15, 2009, 01:04pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jules Aug 15, 2009, 06:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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No that's not the same. The cover on the bottom only has the empty slot, I believe the one with the installed ram is under the key board.

The installed ram is 'built in'.
To upgrade your memory you would install a dimm (memory module) in the place under the back cover, the one you say is empty.
I have tried to access your computer specs on the Vaio website but have been unsuccessful. I was trying to find out what amount of ram you could add, as not every systemboard will take 2GB. Perhaps you have a manual that came with your notebook where you could look it up.
I did find out that your notebook was manufacturered in 2006 and came with 512 ram.
What I would do is to install a 512 dimm (sodim) in the 'empty' slot and see what happens.
I would doubt that the computer would take a 2GB dimm.

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AndyB Jan 29, 2011, 06:48am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Too late to help Keith but this may be of interest to other owners of this laptop - especially those in the UK.

The responses, while well intentioned and from experienced and knowledgable members, are either not valid for the UK model or simply wrong. Especially the comment that the memory is "built in" as that implies, at least to me, it can not be removed. It can. It is just that it is a little more inaccessible.

I have this laptop (in the UK) and have had to take it to bits to fix it. The PDF linked to appears to be to a slightly different variant - one that has all the memory accessible from the underside. Keith was correct in thinking the first memory slot is under the keyboard. The other is indeed accessible from the underside (easy).

Remember to first shutdown the laptop (don't do memory upgrades on standy or hibernate) or with the AC power attached. Also remove the battery. To remove the keyboard you only have to remove two screws from the base. They are easy to find as being the ones in square recesses in the base. All other screws are in round recesses. Then to unclip the keyboard go to the underside and use a screwdriver and push against the two black retaining clips inside the battery compartment. This should lift the keyboard clear enough so that, now from the front, you can get a fingernail or screwdriver under the top of the keyboard and then pull upwards at the top of the keyboard and it will unclip. You can then fold the keyboard over towards you - saves having to disconnect the keyboard via its ribbon cable. You will then see a metal memory cover held in place by two screws. Remove that and you have access to the 2nd memory slot.

The laptop takes up to 2 x 1Gb 200 pin DDR2 SO-DIMM modules. Although the recommended update according to Crucial is PC2-5300 667Mhz modules, the maximum speed that the laptop can work with is PC2-4200 on the basis that the FSB is 533Mhz. It will happily take PC-5300 modules but it will run them at PC-4200 speed.

Andy

saqab rasul Oct 27, 2011, 04:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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How easy is this to do for someone who knows very little about hardware? And where is the best place to get the memory from?


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