MacBook Pro: How to remove or install memory

The RAM is now installed. Is this article up to date? The latch must be in its released, open position to remove the access door. This is the total amount of memory currently installed and the speed at which it is currently operating. Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, and any other cords connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.

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Replace and tighten the ten screws you removed earlier, making sure to put the different length screws in their proper locations. Please use the tables below to confirm the memory being installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro.

Please use the table below to confirm the memory being installed is compatible with your MacBook Pro. To replace the battery, make sure the latch is in its open position.

Hold the battery at an angle and slide the lipped edge of the battery below the brackets on the outside edge of the battery bay. Gently press the battery down. With the latch in the open position replace the access door, making sure it is level with the bottom case of your MacBook Pro, and press the latch into the closed position. Refer to this table for the maximum amount of memory that can be recognized by these notebook computers:.

You will need to remove the battery before installing additional memory and reinstall the battery after installing the memory. The following procedure includes all the necessary instructions for both parts of the process.

If you need to remove a memory card—for example if you are replacing it or if you need to get past the memory in the top slot to access the bottom slot—you can remove the card by spreading the tabs on each side of the card away from the notches in the memory card. The card should pop up slightly.

Lift the memory card to about a degree angle and then gently slide the card out of the memory slot. Hold the memory modules by their edges; do not touch the gold connectors. Replace the memory door, and make sure the door is lying flat before you screw it back into place. After installing additional memory, you should confirm that the computer recognizes the new memory. The total memory includes the amount of memory that originally came with the computer plus the new memory you added, or if all the memory has been replaced, the new total for that memory.

How to remove or install memory Learn how to remove or install memory in your MacBook Pro notebook computer. Memory specifications Use the tables below to confirm the memory you're installing is compatible with your MacBook Pro. Removing or installing memory Warning: Remove the bottom case Shut down your MacBook Pro.

Disconnect the power adapter, Ethernet cable, USB cables, security lock, and any other cables connected to the MacBook Pro to prevent damaging the computer.

Turn over your MacBook Pro and remove the ten 10 screws that secure the bottom case. Because the screws are different lengths, note the screw lengths and locations so you can replace the screws correctly. Put them aside in a safe place. Lift off the case and place it to the side. Touch a metal surface inside the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body.

Remove existing memory if present Push the levers on the sides of the memory module in an outward direction to release the module from the memory card slot. The memory pops up at an angle. Before removing it, make sure you find the half-circle notches. Hold the memory module by its notches and remove it from the slot. Remove the other memory module. Hold the memory modules by their edges, and do not touch the gold connectors. Install memory Align the notch on the gold edge of the module with the notch in the lower memory slot.

Static can damage computer parts, and can be imperceptible to a human. Ground yourself before starting, or use an antistatic wrist strap. You can ground yourself by touching a metal part on your computer case while it is unplugged from the wall. Simply being turned off does not remove any standby voltages, so make sure it's unplugged.

Locate your RAM sockets. Most motherboards have 2 or 4 RAM slots. RAM sockets are typically located near the CPU, though their location may vary depending on the manufacturer or model. Remove old RAM if upgrading.

If you are replacing old RAM, remove it by releasing the clamps on each side of the socket. Take your new RAM out of its protective packaging. Carefully remove the Ram from the shielded packaging. Grip it from the sides to avoid touching the contacts on the bottom or the circuitry on the board.

Line up the notch in the stick of RAM to the break in the slot. Set the stick into the slot and then apply equal pressure onto the stick until the clamps on the side click and lock the RAM in.

You may have to apply a fair amount of pressure, but never force it in. Make sure matching pairs are inserted into their matching sockets. Most are labeled on the board or by color, though you may need to refer to your motherboard layout diagram.

Make sure that they are facing the same way. Repeat the process for each stick of RAM you want to install. Remove dust using a bottle of compressed air. While you have the computer open, this can be a quick fix for general overheating and performance issues.

Compressed air cans are available at any office supply store. Do not blow air too closely at the computer. Close up the computer. Avoid running your computer while the panel is off, as this will actually reduce the cooling power of your fans. Plug your peripherals and monitor back in.

Power on the computer. Your computer should start normally. If your computer displays the self-test during the startup, then you can verify that the RAM has been installed correctly. If not, you can verify that the RAM was installed once Windows starts.

Check the RAM in Windows. Your RAM will be listed in the System section or at the bottom of the window. Operating systems calculate memory differently and some computers dedicate a certain amount of RAM to specific functions e.

For example, you may have purchased 1 gigabyte of RAM. The operating system may only display 0. The test may take a while to run, but will discover any errors and display how much is installed. Find out what type of RAM is required for your laptop computer. The type of RAM you can get is dependent on your computer. Before opening any panels on your laptop, make sure you are properly grounded to prevent damaging your components. Simply being turned off does not remove any standby voltages.

Unplug your notebook if plugged in. Remove the battery from the back of the laptop and then press the Power button to discharge any remaining power in the capacitors. Check how many sockets you have. There are usually a few different panels, so look for the one with the memory icon, or check you manual. You will need a very small Phillips-head screwdriver in order to remove the panel.

Most notebooks only have two sockets, while some only have one. Higher-end notebooks may have more slots.

This information may be listed under Memory Upgrade Information. Amount of memory installed - The current amount of memory installed on your computer. Go to Verifying how much memory can be added to verify the amount of memory installed. Maximum memory allowed - Subtract the amount of memory already installed from the maximum amount supported by the system to determine how much memory to get.

You can also buy the maximum amount allowed and replace the currently installed memory. Once you know the maximum for your system, check Maximum memory supported by operating system to see how much memory your version of Windows will support.

Use the lower of these two numbers as your maximum memory. Type of memory including speed - It is recommended to get the same type of memory same size, same speed, same manufacturer for each slot.

For best performance, get the fastest memory that the motherboard supports. Due to the variety of possible configurations, some motherboards might not be able to properly configure memory if the array of dual in-line memory modules DIMMs contains a DIMM that is not from the same manufacturer, has a different CAS latency value, or has a different density value high and low used together.

Make sure all DIMMs meet the requirements of for the motherboard the information listed in product specifications , have the same part number, are from the same manufacturer, and meet the basic memory requirements for your motherboard. If not, make sure that you can return the memory if it is not recognized by the system after you install the new memory.

Verifying how much memory can be added to your computer model Prior to upgrading memory, you need to verify how much memory you currently have installed to determine how much memory can be added. Use the steps for the BIOS version on your computer to find the exact memory configuration and how much memory can be purchased and installed. Select the BIOS version for your computer.

If you do not know which BIOS version your computer has, use the steps from one to see if the steps work. If not, use the other section. Click Power , press and hold the Shift key, and then select Shut down. When the first screen displays, immediately press the F10 key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Computer Setup program opens.

To find the total amount of memory that can be added , subtract the amount of memory currently in the computer from the maximum amount of memory the computer can hold. To see the maximum memory the computer can hold, go to Finding memory information for your computer model.

To find the amount of memory per slot , divide the maximum amount of memory that the computer can hold by the number of memory slots on the motherboard. Usually, this is the maximum amount for each memory socket. For example, if the computer is capable of holding a maximum of MB 4 GB of memory and the motherboard has four memory slots, install 1 GB or less per slot. Immediately press the F10 key if your computer was built in or later came with Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Immediately press the F1 key if your computer was built before Windows XP or earlier. On some Compaq Presario computers before , press the F10 key at the logo screen. From the Main screen look at the Installed Memory line. This is the total amount of memory currently installed and the speed at which it is currently operating. Next, look at the Memory Bank information. The number of banks is equal to the number of memory slots on the motherboard.

The number next to each memory bank is the amount of memory for the module that is installed in that bank. If no amount is listed, that memory slot bank is empty. Example of BIOS memory information. Installing memory in your desktop computer Use the following steps to install memory in an HP or Compaq desktop computer.

After reviewing the following steps, if you are not confident in performing the installation yourself, contact an HP authorized distributor for technical assistance. The customer assumes all risk and liability for damages for any such installation or upgrade. You might find that your HP or Compaq computer is able to support a physical installation of 4 GB or more memory.

However, this maximum memory might be further limited by the operating system not being able to address the full range of physical memory. This limitation is present on all bit hardware and bit operating systems and is not limited to HP and Compaq PC systems or Microsoft software operating systems.

See Maximum memory supported by operating system for more information. Opening the access panel to install memory in your desktop computer Use the following steps to open the case:. The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.

This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge ESD. To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface such as a conductive foam pad , and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.

If you need product model specific graphics and instructions for opening the PC, search for a support article that specifically pertains to your computer. In the Search field or Questions or keywords field at the top of this page, type your computer model number, a space, and the words "opening the case.

Turn off the computer and unplug all cables, except for power, and write down each cable location. Unplug the power cable and press the Power button.

If possible, move the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over an uncarpeted floor. Screw location your model might look different.

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