RAM upgrade for my Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop.

September 14, 2010 at 23:29:02
Specs: Vista
When I check my system on the computer it tells me I have 1g RAM but when I pull the back off and look inside, I only see one (1) RAM card of 512. My question is that when I pull up compatible RAM cards for my laptop, almost all of my choices have 2 cards to install. Is there a second card somewhere inside my laptop or can I only upgrade with one (1) card?

My system requires 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Laptop Memory Model KVR667D2K2SO/4GR according to Kingston on Newegg.com. Please help as I am trying to increase my speed and decrease my frustration with Vista and my laptop. Thanks to anyone who can help me solve this so I can go ahead and purchase the proper card/cards.

Bill in Florida Panhandle

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September 14, 2010 at 23:59:29

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October 13, 2010 at 16:30:13
Yes, there is a second DIMM under the keyboard. You will have to remove the plastic cover to the top of your keyboard. It is simply pried off starting on the right side. After you have removed that cover you will have to remove 2 small screws at the top of the key board that were hidden by your plastic cover. Once those are removed, very carefully pull up and away from you on the keyboard. you will find that it is pressure clipped in place on it left and right side. Now that the keyboard is out of the way be very careful not to damage the ribbon cable that drives the keyboard. You will find that there is a black plastic plate that is removable and under it is the second DIMM of ram... Good luck, it is an easy process, just sounds difficult.

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October 13, 2010 at 20:33:31
Thank you very much and you were right...I also watched a video of that process on Youtube that helped me visualize exactly what you had said. I appreciate it very much. I ordered 2g x 2 and loaded it into my laptop for a picture/music project I have been working on.



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