I just bought an Acer Travelmate 5720G and simultaneously order additional memory.
Unlike earlier models I owned it seems I have to remove the entire bottom panel and not just a small, easy access panel for the memory.
1. Please confirm this
2. Please tell me how to remove the panel at the bottom correctly - I undid all the screws I can see - do not want to remove the brand-new, middle, rubber foot to check for another screw under it - one side comes open easily, other side sticks and I do not want to use force.
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Re: MEMORY UPGRADE ON ACER TRAVELMATE 5720G
Acer's support isn't the best. IMHO But go to their support site anyway and look up your laptops manual (there should be instructions on upgrading your RAM there). I did find that your machine will accept up to 4GB of RAM 2 X 2GB sticks. There should be a door or port (for easy user RAM upgrading) that is being overlooked, but again it is an Acer. Good luck.
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The official upgrade slot is located on the bottom of the laptop and is
easy to find. Just unscrew the small cover and there it is.
The other slot requires you to unscrew the two screen bracket screws.
Once you have done this, between ESC and F1, F4 and F5 and F12 and
PrtSc there are small plastic rings. Put a biro nib into these and pull
down. They will pop down. You can now remove the plastic cover.
Unscrew the two screws marked "L9" on the bottom of the laptop which
are located at the top of the memory cover. Now you can remove the
keyboard. Underneath the keyboard is the second RAM slot. The SiS 650
chipset supports a max of 1GB per memory slot and since this laptop has
two slots that means 2GB of RAM. I've used Kingston DDR400 PC 3200
You can also upgrade the CPU - the fastest CPU available is the
Pentium-M 2.6GHz. Nothing faster will work - trust me on this. It must
be a Pentium 4 Northwood architecture CPU with a 400MHz FSB. Standard
P4 Northwood CPUs with the metal shim won't fit - unless you know a way
of removing the shim without destroying the CPU. Best to stick with a
Pentium mobile (Pentium 4 M) chip. Look on Ebay for these.
Of course the hard disk can also be upgraded - a 200GB 7200RPM 2.5" drive works a treat. Non SATA of course.
You can add wireless and USB 2.0 using PCMCIA carbus cards. I use a
StarTech 54mbps wireless card with the RAlink chipset and a NEC USB 2.0
card with 4 USB ports. Both cards fit in at the same time.
According to your describe, your slow TravelMate laptop can caused by various hidden Windows errors. Those problems firstly cause your Acer slow, and then freeze up occasionally. One day crash all of a sudden! To quickly fix the problem, see resolution here: http://www.speedupacer.com/ Should help you out, good luck!
Your particular model of laptop will allow up to 2GB of memory. Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.
As for the hard drive, I believe the standard 2.5" drive is compatible in any size you'd prefer.
You Can Actually Upgrade This To 2 Gig Memory.
Each Slot Will Take 1 A Gig Strip.
I,d suggest Buying another 256 mb Strip, To Put Into Slot 2.
Or Buy a 512mb ( Half Gig ) Which Will Give you 750mb With your Existing Strip Already In There. ** Recommend 1 Gigabyte Max** 2 gig of Ram in This Baby Would Probably Start Glowing.
You Can Buy DDR/266/333 In 256/512/1 Gig Strips. These Are Commonly Known As SD-RAM-Modules.
to upgrade your laptop's memory here's the info you need to order the new module or modules