The cheapest and easiest way to increase performance in an older computer is to install more memory (ram). For around $50 you can extend the life of your computer and the performance drastically, as well as save time when you don’t have to wait for the computer to load your content and programs.
This is a quick guide on how to install new ram into your Toshiba Satellite, but could also be used as a guide for ram installation into various PC laptops as they all have a similar approach.
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- Philips or flat head screw driver
- RAM (find the appropriate type of ram for your laptop by checking the manufactures specifications, this model uses the ram listed above)
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Locate the ram cover on the bottom of the laptop, there will be a small picture of a ram stick for easier identification :
Remove ram cover screws :
Once the screws are removed lift up on the cover to remove it, this will reveal the ram modules, keep in mind you might have one or two ram modules depending on your stock system configuration :
Now locate the eject pins at the end of each ram module (one on each side of the module) and pull them away from the ram to release :
Once the eject pins have been released the ram modules will disengage and be at an angle for safe removal :
Remove the ram modules carefully and set aside and now you have two blank slots :
Insert new ram module(s) in at an angle and push down until both sides of the pins lock into place, then repeat steps from above to install cover back on.
That’s it, you’re done! You can save the old ram or to subsidize the purchase of your new ram you can sell it on eBay or to a friend.