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Acer Travelmate 270 Memory Upgrade

I'd like to upgrade the memory of my laptop. One of the memory slots is easy to get to (couple of screws to remove on the back of the computer), but I can't find any information about how to access the other memory slot. Any information available?

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  • biobms Jul 18, 2008

    So where is the second memory slot?

  • Anonymous Aug 01, 2008

    same problem



  • a_loneranger Jan 13, 2009

    I had the same problem and found the advice given by the Guest on 22nd August 2008 excellent. However, I found it rather easier to remove plastic cover he mentioned in item No3 if the fixing screws around the edge of the base were loosened beforehand. This laptop might be a few years old, but it is quite nifty and with a pair of Kingston1Gb memory modules fitted (it previously had 2x 256Mb) now functions considerable quicker. Sometime back I upgraded the HDD to 100Gb, and that also helped. I am still rather mistified as to why it came with a bluetooth button, but no bluetooth device was fitted. Does anyone know if this is a straight forward upgrade and how it might be fitted?

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Acer TravelMate 270 upgrades:

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 SODIMMS.

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.

The laptop absolutely flies with these upgrades.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009

I've managed to find the other slot. it's under the keyboard.
1st- turn the computer off and unplug all cables.
2nd- open the screen all the way so that it stay parallel to the rest of the notbook.
3rd- remove the plastic cover over the keyboard (the one with the power button, leds and hotkey). it doesn't have any screws. Just remove it gently with a screw driver or a knife.
4th- unscrew the 2 screws that hold the keyboard pad and there it is.... the #!%&/£§£@@ second ram slot.
5th- touch any metal surface to remove all static from your hands
6th- replace the ram
7th- re-screw the keyboard pad
8th- carefuly reinsert the plastic cover
9th- re-plug all cables (or at least the power cable)
10th- turn the computer on, and wait for the system to recognize the new ram and start the Operative System (Windows, Linux, MacOX, etc...)

Note: Acer Travelmate 2702WLMi can run with 2GB (2x1GB) ram. i've used 'DDR-333 PC2700 SODIMM'.

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Question to t0msmith:
Hello... I was reading an article about the Acer 270 Travelmate. It came in very useful as I needed to locate the second ram slot.
I have a couple of questions if u dont mind.
How can u upgrade to 2 gigs of ram. Acers own offical website says that its upgradable to 1 gig only and crucial memory say the same?
Do you have an article about upgrading the CPU in detail?
I recently brought a 512mb ram module from mrmemory.co.uk. When i stuck it in the bottom slot it stopped my bios working. Windows XP failed to install. When it finally installed (with the ram out) once i put the ram back in windows blue screened and crashed. I then put it in the second slot under the keyboard and left the standard 256mb ram stick out altogether. Blue screen again.
I used memtest on both sticks seperately. passed numerous times on the 256mb and failed on 512mb. couldnt even do one pass.
The memory I brought was called: AED660SD00-266 ABB 512MB 200p.
Any insight into any of these questions would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers in advance
Tony
I would ask a pro, but... I cant afford it!!

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Well why don't you just use the one memory slot. If I were you though, I would upgrade more than just the memory. For all it's worth, that PC is worth replacing, very old and outdated. For all of the work involved in replacing the memory card, and such (as well as the expense). I would just get a new one. Plus, installing memory isn't always as easy as inserting a card. Sometimes, the card may not work or worse. If you do relace the memory though, make sure the entire harddrive is backed up externally on multiple media, in case something goes wrong, you don't want to have to redo everything and loose all of your data.

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Acer TravelMate 270 upgrades:

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 SODIMMS.

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.

The laptop absolutely flies with these upgrades.

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