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02-14-2012 07:37 PM - edited 02-14-2012 07:43 PM
Computer: HP Pavilion g7-1365dx
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
I'm looking at the bottom of this laptop, and I remember looking at this on my last HP and just not bothering, but can anyone tell me how to get to the RAM on this model?
There is one solid piece held in by 2 screws, which I unscrewed, but after they seemed to be out they just kept making a clicking noise when trying to finish twisted them completely out of the holes (like they were catching on the case threading). Once I gave up on trying to twist them out of the hole, I got a tiny flat head and pried a bit at the screws, and to my surprise they would not budge at all.
I finally gave up on the screws, and started trying to pull the edge of the cover panel up at where I took the battery out, and it didn't want to budge at all. Anyone know what gives? Is the panel covering the RAM / HDD / Moherboard made to just be literally pried off the PC or is there some sort of technique?
I feel like I am going to crack the case trying to get the dang cover off getting to the RAM slot
Also wondering how to get the RAM out once I manage to pry off the cover, is there just little clasps you open? I cannot find any documentation what so ever online regarding the care / precautions to take when replace the RAM on this particular model.
I really appreciate any answers, I got 2x4GB crucial memory on the way, and do not want to crack / break the cover panel on the bottom of my PC.
02-14-2012 10:43 PM
The following steps are from page #54 of its manual:
Before removing a memory module, follow these steps:
1. Shut down the computer. If you are unsure whether the computer is off or in Hibernation, turn
the computer on, and then shut it down through the operating system.
2. Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.
3. Disconnect the power from the computer by first unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet
and then unplugging the AC adapter from the computer.
4. Remove the battery (see Battery on page 47).
5. Remove the service cover (see Optical drive on page 49).
Remove the memory module:
1. Spread the retaining tabs (1) on each side of the memory module slot to release the memory
module. (The memory module tilts up.)
2. Remove the memory module (2) by pulling it away from the slot at an angle.
Reverse this procedure to install a memory module.
You can download full manual from this:
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02-15-2012 05:03 PM
Hi, I just replaced the RAM on my g7-1365 dx and was worried about cracking the cover too. It bends but it didn't crack, just firm, steady upward pressure with out using too much pressure will open it. For the screws, once you get to the clicking, that is as far as it will go.
Removing the RAM: the original module will be in the lower section of the RAM area, which is offset and stacked. Just spread the arms away from the RAM module and the module will tilt upwards. Pull the module firmly and it will pop out.
Replacing the RAM module: the lower slot will be tilted to accomodate the new module. Just press firmly and evenly and the module will fit in. Be sure to have the notch in the module properly oriented-and ensure the module goes all the way into the slot. Little to no contact should show. The notch will be off center. When I removed the original, I just laid it on top of the laptop with the proper notch orientation. Put the new module in the same way. If you have a second module, it will fit in the upper tilted slot.
After successfully installing your new RAM, power up your laptop and it should automatically recognize the new RAM. Once I overcame the fear of cracking the cover, it took about 5 minutes total.
This is what i used.
Hope this helps. Firm pressure will open the cover!
02-15-2012 05:52 PM
Thank you both for your responses, I'd have probably torn the screws out of the hole out of frustration had someone not said they are not suppoed to be removed! Kudos to both of you!
I got the exact same RAM as you Tim, do you notice anything running noticably faster?
Best buy set up my laptop with so much bloatware I just decided to load the bare-bones version of 64 bit home premium, and added the drivers back on from a thumb drive, and that in itself made my computer run a LOT faster! I'd suggest anyone with this laptop find a legit image of windows 7 online, and start from scratch, worlds better.
I've never upgraded RAM before, but it sounds like going from 4 to 8GB makes a ton of difference from others - does it impact anything more than the other?
Thanks again, I really appreciate the input
02-15-2012 08:08 PM
i just installed the ram into my hp 1365dx i also had the back panel screw problem.thanx to u guys i got it off .................BUT now it wont read my ram its a 4gb kingston ram...What do i do
02-15-2012 08:12 PM
Did you just add another 4GB on top of the pre-installed RAM? Can you give the exact specs and model # of the Kingston RAM?
Congrats on getting that back panel off, I am not looking forward to bending my frame open when my RAM upgrade arrives!
02-15-2012 08:26 PM
02-15-2012 08:54 PM
Good to hear it worked! I just used the upgrade tool on crucial.com to order my RAM upgrade, as they guaruntee compatibility when ordering through that tool.
I've seen far too many posts on the net about compatibility issues, I expect this thread on upgrading RAM to be a hot topic as this computer is so new, there aren't many discussions else where regarding the subject.
Glad everything worked for you though, hopefully I don't break my case either
02-15-2012 09:12 PM
thanks man...im glad that people start these kinda forums...especially for newbies and people who dont wanna pay and QUOTE "50 bucks at best buy with geek squad to install the ram " i swear thats what they wanted me to pay keep in mind i was bringing in the ram...DONT do it guys Oh and another tip...
(MAKE SURE ITS AT A ANGLE WHEN INSERTING)...i slid in there and it went in perfectly so i pushed it down and i turned on my computer and all i see is a black screen and hear a beeping sound i immeatedly took the battery out and pulled the lid off much easier the second time lol.....turns out it wasnt at a angle when i first inserted it so just make sure before u push it down..