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I purchased a used computer and trying to add more memory but have not figured how to open the casement that the computer is housed- can you help?

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Hi,

Depending on the brand and model:

  • if it is a laptop, the memories would be inside/under a lid/panel cover normally held in place by a screw or two at the bottom of the unit;
  • if it were a desktop, then it would have locking screws at the back, a latch or a snap on lock.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post the brand and model, back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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