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Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:55 pm
by jlouvar
I'm considering upgrading my laptop ram from 8GB to 16GB. I know I need to turn the power off and disconnect the power cable before upgrading... But is it also necessary to disconnected the battery just to swap-out the ram?

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:38 pm
by Rolling Estonian
If it's removable and easy to remove, I would. If not, no worries. Easy process, just insert the new ram in the slot/s.

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Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:02 pm
by jlouvar
Okay, thank you. :)

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:34 pm
by Mark Bliss
You may save some grief by checking with the manufacturer. Sometimes you find that specific mother boards only support a given amount, and adding RAM either achieves nothing or causes problems.
And FWIW the larger handicap on some laptops is often the hard drive.

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:43 pm
by outteh
Remove the battery just to be on the safe side. Some laptops require quite a bit of disassymbly to change out the ram. Some require keyboard pad removal! :D

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:52 pm
by jlouvar
Hmm, I have a Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga and I haven't had any problems, however I did need to increase the buffers to play the MX8 demo song "I Can't Go On This Way" and that got me to thinking maybe upgrading the ram might help. I wasn't able to find any info on the Lenovo Support website... But I saw this video on YouTube how to upgrade my laptop ram...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkYQYxQ ... MKmfa&t=0s
And the ram upgrade seems easy enough.

And I found this company which guarantees compatibility (16GB for only $114.99)…
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatib ... -l380-yoga

But if it's not going to help I don't want to do it, however if it will help, I want to do it. So what do you think, Yes/No? :?

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:29 pm
by jlouvar
PS: If you think the upgrade will help, and IF there are two ram memory slots (I haven't looked inside my laptop yet) can I use both the 8GB board that's in there now, plus a new 16GB board (or should I just swap-out the ram)?

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:28 pm
by outteh
If you need to ask this many questions you probably don’t want to mess around and ruin your laptop. If in raising the buffers on playback helped to get through the song then your OK! Don’t need more RAM per se! :D

Re: Upgrading Ram on Laptop

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:37 pm
by jlouvar
I just got off the phone with a friend who answered all my questions, and said pretty much the same (I don't need it). Thank you.