Excuse me, but i'm going crazy with my compaq n610c. How the hell can i open it? I took off every screw i can see, but it won't open...tere must be other screws hidden somewhere but i can't find them! Please, HELP!
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turn over computer. remove battery(this is vital) then underneath will be a small panel, with a phillips head screw in middle of computer..remove that screw. make sure you 'ground' your hands, before touching the memory modules, AND only touch ends, not the gold fingers..
Laptop must be powered OFF...
On the bottom of the laptop, open the hatch for the memory compartment. It is the 4" square hatch with a single screw.
Note the way the current memory is placed. The two memory sockets may be full. Remove one module using both hands to separate the "catches" on the sides of the module.
The module will "pop up". Replace the memory using the reverse by seating the module into the socket, then press down until the module "snaps" in place.
The memory socket is located below and to the right of the keyboard. The panel is to the right of the mouse pad.
The keyboard needs to be removed. DO NOT REMOVE THE KEYBOARD CABLE! Remove the screw located in the middle lof the underside of the n610c. Slide the four tabs located on the top edge of the keyboard toward the space bar. The tabs are located to the right of the esc, the F4, the F8, and F12 key. Using a flat blade screwdriver gently lift the top edge of the keyboard, once it is lifted slide it toward the screen.
The panel covering the memory may require "gentle force" to remove.
If you have a recovery disc that came with the computer then you'll just need to boot from it. Now if you don't have a copy of the recovery disc, some computers come with recovery installation from hidden partitions on their hard drive. you'll might need to press on '0' (zero) to boot from the hidden partition and start the recovery.
In case you don't have either of the two, you'll have to purchase a retail copy of Windows XP and boot from the CD by changing the boot sequence from the BIOS. After booting from the CD, it will ask you some simple questions on the installation process and you should be good to go.
Removing the Time of Year battery will clear the BIOS password. It is located on the underside of the n610c behind the panel covered by the Microsoft COA label. A small phillips screwdriver is required to remove the two screws on the panel. Carefully lift the BR1225 battery with a small flat blade screw driver.
After 10 minutes re-insert the battery. The BIOS Password should now be cleared, as well as other BIOS settings, the time and date.
youll find your memory underneath your laptop beneath a compartment door which is secured by usually one screw.remove screw and lift hatch to view mem.either one or two slots will be available.mem looks like oblong board with chips on it.at either side of memory board are clips.push clips outwards and lift out mem board.when clips are removed mem board will lift to about 45 degree angle.to put new mem in; place board in housing ,dont worry they only go in one way ,then push down till clips secure