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Trouble taking apart laptop

My gf has a possible bad stick of RAM due to issues I've been having with her laptop. I've taken apart a few desktops but never a laptop. I started by taking out all the screws on the base, which requires taking out the internal battery, heat sink, and hard drive. I'm to a point where everything is removed that I can see would be holding it together, but something in the middle is still holding it together. I can't see what it is or what it could be but it's something. It's right where the fan is. Are there any tricks to taking laptops apart? I know this is a vague question but I'm baffled. BTW, It's a Toshiba.

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Don't know about toshiba, but our lenovo's use plastic clips to hold the chasis into place. Pry (gently!) at it and see what you find.
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The laptops I've dealt with have an access door for the memory and hard drive. The only time I've had to take one apart to that level was when a board or processor replacement was necessary.

What model Toshiba is it? We might be able to find something online.
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On mine you just pop up the keyboard to get to the RAM.
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The laptops I've dealt with have an access door for the memory and hard drive. The only time I've had to take one apart to that level was when a board or processor replacement was necessary.

What model Toshiba is it? We might be able to find something online.
Usually there's an external expansion slot, and a memory slot also on the system board.
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Must be an old laptop. All the new laptops I've seen have pretty easy access to the HD's and RAM.

I'd definitely post up the model and see what can be dug up on the internet. Hell on my MacBook there are a bunch of video's posted on how to change the RAM and HD's.



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I work on Toshiba Laptops daily, which model is it? I know the A4-A8 have an easy access panel to get to the RAM. Same thing with the 6100.
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I work on Toshiba Laptops daily, which model is it? I know the A4-A8 have an easy access panel to get to the RAM. Same thing with the 6100.
I'll have to get the model number when I get home. It'll probably have some access panel that I didn't notice. Pretty standard for me.

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Must be an old laptop. All the new laptops I've seen have pretty easy access to the HD's and RAM.
Yeah, but it's usually an expansion slot for the RAM.. at least with the new Lenovo's we just got. I had to replace 16 sticks when the first batch came in, and the fuckin slots are under the touchpad/keyboard and are a PITA to get to.
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It's an A45-S120. I hope there's an easy way to get to the RAM.

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Goto the link. Shows how to replace the hinges but half way through you are to the memory modules.

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/ToshibaA45/Satellite-A45-remove-hinges-1.htm
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Goto the link. Shows how to replace the hinges but half way through you are to the memory modules.

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/ToshibaA45/Satellite-A45-remove-hinges-1.htm
Haha, I found this link yesterday while searching for a way to take it apart. Of course I didn't have to remove any screws from the base to get to the RAM. Oh well, learning experience.

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