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Upgrading RAM on Acer Travelmate laptop - can't see existing RAM module

I wanted to upgrade the RAM on my Acer Travelmate 3202XCi. It had one slot with 512MB, and one free: so I bought 2x 1GB modules.

When I opened the case, I could see the empty RAM clips, but not the filled clips. Under the empty clips was a flat black sticker, very strongly stuck down. There were also a couple of screws on one side: one was removable, but the other was slightly obscured by the casing.
Because it was my first notebook RAM upgrade, I decided to quit while I was winning, and just fill the empty clips. But I'd like to complete the job. Can anyone advise me if I can get at the other slot- safely? The manual was no help.

Thanks in advance.

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  • eecom Nov 09, 2008

    "Safely depends on your knowledge of computer hardware......" Very fair, intelligent comment reb19, and thank you for taking time to give me an answer.

    I'd be happy to tinker with the hardware in a less important computer, but this laptop is needed for work, so I will err on the side of caution for now. I'd just love to know why I can't see the other slot!
    :) Thanks again.

  • eecom Jan 01, 2009

    Well, I've kind of solved this now: if other Acer laptops are any guide, the second RAM slot is under the keyboard.

    I've left it there for now, but this hope helps anyone else with the same problem.

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Safely depends on your knowledge of computer hardware. If you know what you re doing, you can take the whole thing apart and replace any non-chip component you want (processor, drives, cards, etc). If you really look you can find sites that will tell you how to take apart a computer. If you don't know what you are doing and your current configuration works well, I would leave it for now, and wait until you can find someone that can help. Hope this helps.

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