Tutorial: RAM Upgrade

In Digital Media, lots of people own MacBook Pros. This tutorial will teach you how to bring new life to your computer by upgrading the RAM in older models.

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Step 1: Power down your computer. You’ll be removing some of the internal components, so this is a must.

Step 2: Flip that bad boy over with the front of the computer (the part that opens) facing you.

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Step 3: Find a small phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws from the back of the computer.

Step 4: Remove the screws from your laptop. Take note that three of the screws furthest from you are longer than the rest.
TIP: A magnet is a great way to make sure you don’t lose any screws!

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Step 5: Remove the back of the computer case. Locate the RAM in the center of the computer. It will likely be either green or blue, so it should stick out fairly well.

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Step 6: You should see a small tab on each side of the RAM sticks. Bend both tabs away from the RAM until the ram springs up at an angle like it is shown above.

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Step 7: Remove the RAM one stick at a time by simply pulling them out of the socket.

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Step 8: Install the new RAM by placing the sticks one at a time into the sockets at an angle, then pushing them down into place. They only fit one way, so you won’t be able to install them wrong.

Step 9: Put the cover back onto the computer. Remember, the three long screws go in the holes furthest from you, minus the left corner.

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Step 10: Power up the computer. If it turns on without any problems, great! If it starts beeping really loudly and doesn’t turn on, make sure both sticks of RAM are fully seated into their sockets.

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