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Acer TravelMate 272 Memory

I want to upgrade to 1gb (from 256gb). The manual states that there are two memory slots which can each take 512Mb.

When I open the memory cover I can only see one memory slot (which is empty).

Can anyone tell me where the other slot is located (with, presumably, the original 256mg fitted)?

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  • Richard Wagstaff Mar 17, 2008

    Many thanks for the info.



    Any idea how to remove the keyboard?

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I think in this case the second memory slot is under the keyboard.

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