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Re: How open lap top and added ram memory ?
Do NOT open the bottom!
The ram is under the keyboard!
Put back all the srews again
Now, behind you laptop you have 2 hinges, there is a skrew on eatch and one on them, take those skrews away
push the keyboard backwards and up, be verý very carefull! its all plastic and very very easy to breake.
now you can remove and replace the memo!
Good luck to you
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I do not have access to a Service Manual, nor have I worked on this series of Gateway Notebook PC.
From experience with other series of Gateway's though, I feel the CMOS battery is on the bottom of the motherboard. In a small green plastic 'bag', with two wires coming from it.
The two wires end in a small white plastic connector, and the connector simply plugs into the motherboard.
In order to access the CMOS battery, you have to disassemble the laptop down to removing the motherboard, in your hand.
Although all I can post is generic information, I will post links to videos, pictorial guides, and guidance from me. Plus we can 'converse' back, and forth, and I can answer questions you may have along the way.
1) Follow Anti-Static Precautions. Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
It is for this reason you should wear an ESD wrist strap. Connect it's alligator clip to a good ground source. Average cost of an ESD wrist strap is around $3 to $6. Here is but one example,
[ I connect to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case. If you have a metal serving tray (Unpainted), you can set it on the table you're working on, and use it. If you have a large metal knickknack (Unpainted) you can connect to it ]
2) Use a multi-compartment container, for the various screws you will remove. Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of. SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws. Advise do NOT mix them up.
3) Make a record as you disassemble. You have no Service Manual to refer to, just your own personal record. Make notes, and drawings. (Legible so you can read, and view later)
Use a digital camera, or video camera, or at least a phone camera, and good lighting. Also nice to have in case you are interrupted.
4) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery. 5) Work on a table, or a wooden workbench. A bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor, are high areas of Static electricity.
6) The laptop has to be disassembled from the Top down.
Laptop closed, turn it upside down, and lay it on the table. (I also use a soft, static free cloth on the table, to protect the table, and laptop)
A) Remove the DVD drive: Looking at the label on the bottom, there is one single Philips head screw to remove, located on the immediate right side of the label. Once the screw is removed the DVD drive can be pulled out. (No.1 Philips screwdriver) Lay it aside.
B) Remove the Harddrive Bay cover and Harddrive:
Remove the two Philips head screws from the Harddrive Bay cover. Cover comes up on screw side. Opposite side has tabs coming from the cover, that go into the laptop body. (Bottom Cover)
One to three screws hold the Harddrive Caddy in place. Remove them. (It will be obvious once the Harddrive Bay cover is removed) The Harddrive plugs into a plastic rectangular block. (Interface)
On the opposite side, or back end of the harddrive, there may be a cloth strip that you pull on. Use it to pull the harddrive back, and unplug it from the motherboard. (Interface) Set the Harddrive aside.
C) Remove the Memory Bay cover, and Ram Memory: Memory Bay cover; One Philips head screw. Lifts up on screw side. Lay aside. Ease the spring clips to the outside, on each side of a ram memory module ('Stick'), and remove all ram memory modules. Lay aside.
D) Remove all Philips head screws going along the perimeter, of the outside of the bottom of the laptop. Remove the one screw right above the Harddrive Bay cover. See if there are two screws to remove, on the outside edge of the laptop, where the DVD drive was.
E) Remove the Wireless Module, and it's cables. (Wires) The Wireless Antenna wires connect to the Wireless Module. The Wireless Antenna wires STAY with the Display Assembly. They disconnect FROM the Wireless Module.
[ Make notes as to which wires connect to what terminal, on the Wireless Module ] The wireless antenna wires are threaded UP through the cavity hole in the body of the laptop, then eased out from the top of the laptop body, and laid aside. When you remove the Display Assembly, they go with.
Make notes as to where the wires go through their respective Channels, and Latches. They MUST go back in the same routing, or you stand a chance of damaging the wires, (Pinched), and the laptop will not go back together correctly.
F) Remove the Power On button / LED indicator light cover, and Keyboard:
Facing the bottom of the laptop, with the Battery Compartment away from you on the far side, there is a Philips head screw to remove down in the Battery Compartment. It is on the Left side. The screw I indicated to remove for the DVD drive, also seems to hold the Keyboard.
Read on, BEFORE removing Power On button /LED cover, and Keyboard;
Turn the laptop over to it's normal position. Open the Display Assembly as far back as you can. You may wish to cut a piece of thick construction paper, or similar, to fit the LCD screen opening. Perhaps lightly tape it in place. Protect the LCD screen from accidental damage.
In the video it shows using a metal putty knife. I do Not solicit to this type of tool! I use a thick plastic guitar pick, or a laptop spudger tool. Both are NON-metallic.
Why? Because you can easily damage the plastic parts of the laptop, and also damage wires under the Power On button / LED cover, using a metallic object.
The thick plastic guitar pick, or spudger tool, is inserted in the same fashion. Then twisted a little to 'pop' the right side up, of the cover. You do NOT want to go too far in, so you do not damage the tiny wires.
It looks as though there are wires coming up from the motherboard, to the Power On button. If there are speakers, there will be wires also. Perhaps to the LED lights too. This means the cover can ONLY be lifted up so far, then the components will be removed from the cover. (Components: Power On button assembly, LED light indicator assembly, and speaker/s )
About the Keyboard, it's cable, and the connector on the motherboard; I need to detail this out.
The Keyboard Cable STAYS attached to the Keyboard. It removes FROM the motherboard's connector. The Keyboard cable is a FFC. Flat Flex Cable. It has NO connector on the end.
Just a flat plastic strip with wires laid side by side, and encased in the flat plastic sheath of the cable. Flat gold plated contact strips on the end of the cable.
The motherboard connector the Keyboard cable goes into, is a type of ZIF connector. Zero Insertion Force. It is composed of two rectangular pieces, BUT does NOT come completely apart, to remove the Keyboard cable.
If it is in two separate pieces it is BROKEN. Mean -> Motherboard replacement. Hence why I am being so detailed.
The Top piece is a Locking Bar. It slides UP out of the bottom larger rectangular piece, (BODY), BUT ONLY so far. Approximately 2mm, or a little larger than 1/16th of an Inch. (About this much -> XX, and to scale)
All you will see of the Locking Bar is two tabs on each side, of the Body. These should be eased up, one side at a time, with your THUMBNAILS. NOT a metallic tool. IF you slip with a metallic tool, you stand the chance of damaging the motherboard, and ZIF motherboard connector.
This pictorial guide will give you more insight. Look at the photo in Step 5, and all the photos for Step 6,
How to Replace the hp compaq evo n610c laptop keyboard Removing the Damaged Keyboard Enusre the laptop is fully powered off, unplugged from the wall, and the battery taken out. Turn the laptop over. On some models icons indicating which screws are attached to the keyboard are displayed. If not, you may have to eyeball it if you can't find a breakdown for your model online. Remove those screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Turn the laptop back over and open it up. Check and see if the keyboard is tucked under any plastic pieces. If so, find if those plastic pieces are screwed into anything, and unfasten them as well. If not, it probably uses clamps that can easily be removed. Remove the plastic pieces carefully with a toothpick or plastic pick if there is any in the way. Unscrew any screws at the top (if necessary) and remove the keyboard itself from top to bottom. You'll notice that the keyboard is connected with a thin, but wide, data cable to the system board at the bottom. Take that same pick and lift the plastic connectors that hold in this data cable in place. Carefully remove the data cable. Now the whole keyboard should be free.
Replacing the keyboard
Take the new keyboard out of the plastic, and slip the data cable back in between the plastic connectors on the system board. Make sure it's all the way in. Use the pick to push the plastic connectors back into place, and make sure it's holding the data cable in. Slip the keyboard itself into place, from bottom to top. Make sure the screw holes or clamps line up at the top. Refasten the keyboard in place at the top. If you had to remove any plastic pieces, carefully snap them back in and replace any screws you had to remove. Turn the laptop over and replace all of the keyboard screws. Finally, put the battery back in and power on the laptop. If all has gone well, the keyboard should be functioning like brand new
The memory modules are located under the memory module cover on the bottom of the computer.
1. Turn the computer upside-down, loosen the eight captive screws on the cover and remove the cover.
captive screws (8)
NOTICE: To prevent damage to the memory module connector, do not use tools to spread the memory module securing clips.
NOTICE: To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself by using a wrist grounding strap or by periodically touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector on the back of the computer).
2. Use your fingertips to carefully spread apart the securing clips on each end of the memory module connector until the module pops up.
3. Remove the module from the connector.
securing clips (2)
4. Slide back the memory module and secure cover with its captive screws.
hi- To add ram - look on the back of the lap top. You will see some screws that are holding down a little door. There may be two of these. Remove the screws on the ram cover and remove ram cover
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Ram slots are stacked. you have to remove the top one first. 1-press
the buttons on the sides of the ram chip, and then it will pop up and towards
pull this ram upwards and out 3-from there, you can take out the other chip, if
there is one, or you can start installing. 4-installing
the new ram chips is just as easy 5-line
up the slots in the chip, then push it in as far as you can without breaking it. 6-then
push it down so that you hear it click on both sides, and doesn't budge. 7-Repeat using
the top chip. This should do it –
I hope it helps- please rate me – thanks
to remove the keyboard u will 1st need to undo the screws that hold it to the board should be the 2 or poss 4 directly unde the corners of keyboard other than that the covering panel at top of laptop will need removed 1 screw either side underneath screen hinges and poss few small 1s where battery slots in once cover removed the keyboard will be held on with 2 screws at top and the cable remove both and viola
The idea is reseting bios, so you need to open (keyboard) case, so you need some tools.
A small screwdriver, small tweezer and some cup to place the screws.
So need a special attention on screws lenght, and positions, you need to be calm and relaxed.
Note: This process erase all passw and reset bios to defaults, after need to config. bios (Time and Date)
Disconnect computer PSU and Battery Module. MUST BE COMPLETLY OFF.
1st takeout the screws below case (keyboard indicated)
2nd slowly, realease the keyboard (free keyboard top plastic ).
check for behind keyboard, some small flat fragile cables, take them out from connectors
now ckeck for any small battery (module) with small 2 wires cable, or a small battery (like hand clock battery), if you can reach with tweezer (disconnect or take battery out) and wait 1 min, and put it back again in the same order.
If you cant reach (see), must open bottom case, to reach battery. Take all screws out (botton) side, and open case with some caution, to dont break the plastics and cables. Now check for the battery in these side ( all motherboard components is showed) normaly is nearby CPU, but can be on the other side of motherboard.
I know is sometime is confuse, but is the easer metod i know to resolve this problem.
Open all the hatches underneath the unit, there is a chance that the only memory slot you find is empty as the current RAM in the system might be on-board or somewhere else. If none of the hatches under the unit reveal the RAM slot then it would be under the keyboard. On the toughbooks I use there is four screws above the keyboard holding it down. On your there may be a plastic piece that needs to be removed to reveal the screws or you may have to remove some screws from the bottom to loosen the keyboard.
Ok the RAM location is actually underneath the touch pad on the top of your keyboard. However, to get to the memory area where you can add/remove RAM cards you need to do the following:
STEP 1) On the botton the latop you should see 4 screws that have a "memory chip" ICON. These are the 4 screws you want to take out. (important note: my T60 has 4 screws with this icon, yours might have 5). Please the screws somewhere secure so they are not lost.
STEP 2) After you take out the screws noted in step 1. Flip your laptop and open it up as if you were going to type something.
On each side just below the keys pull up gently and the botton portion that has the touch pad will come up. You want to pull it back towards you. You won't be able to complete remove it away from the laptop, because there's a ribbon cable connecting the touch pad. So just move the piece back toward you out of the way (in essence peeling it back toward you).
STEP 3) You should now see the RAM card(s) they will have a bracket mechanism on each side of the RAM card, push them outward to unlock the RAM card (if your removing.
STEP 4) If your ADDING RAM. Evaluate if you need to remove existing cards or not. To install RAM you insert the new card in the slot, then push it down and it should snap int place.
STEP 5) Place the touch pad plate back into position and push it to snap down.
STEP 5) Close laptop cover, flip over and insert the screws back into their positions.
Having the same issue here but not finding a solution, I thought I'd post the answer after testing it out myself!
On the underside of the Q40 are seven screws which are marked with arrows (if you look in the centre of the underside one is marked with the letters KBD so you know what you're looking for).
Before you remove the keyboard, be aware that there is a ribbon connector underneath it, which can be removed, but is stiff and isn't very easy to get back in by hand. You don't need to remove it to upgrade the RAM as it should be long enough for you to be able to work around it, but just ensure that you are careful when you do remove the keyboard as ribbon connectors are easily damaged.
Remove all of these screws to release the keyboard. Open up the screen, and GENTLY lift the keyboard free working from the side closest to the touchpad. Once the bottom is free, slide it toward you and away from the screen to release the two metal tabs securing the keyboard at the screen side.
Now the keyboard is free, jiggle it around until you have access to the memory slot. Ping out the memory by releasing the two tabs either side, and pop in the new chip.
To reassemble, slide the keyboard securing tabs at the top back toward the monitor, lay the keyboard flat, close, turn over, and put the screws back in.