Adding Memory to old laptops: Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m

James Hopkin

James Hopkin is a guest blogger.

James Hopkin has worked in the Australian computer industry since 1987. He founded Upgradeable.com in 1999 as an independent online source for computer memory upgrades. From day one the Upgradeable way has been to help computer users easily upgrade their systems.

This notebook is slightly different compared to other notebooks on the market with regards to its memory slot placement. Generally, most notebooks will have both memory slots located on the base or one slot on the base and one located underneath the keyboard. The Lenovo Z60m has both of its memory slots located underneath the palm rest of the notebook.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m Notebook has the following specifications:

Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-4300, 533MHz, 200-PIN, SO-DIMM
Maximum Memory: 2GB
Configuration: 2 Slots
Base Memory (Non-Removable): 0MB

Before Installation

Before you begin the installation, it's worth considering backing up any critical files in the event of a problem occurring. DO NOT install the memory while the computer is in standby or hibernation mode. Ensure that the system is completely powered down.

Grounding Yourself

This is simply done to remove any static electricity from your body so that accidental zaps don't damage your memory modules. While your computer is still plugged into the wall, touch a metal part of your computer. If you leave your computer you will need to ground yourself again. Alternatively, you can invest in an anti-static strap and clip yourself to a grounded piece of metal.

Once the computer is completely shutdown, remove all plugs and the power cable from the computer. As you are upgrading a notebook it is also important to remove the battery.

Always keep the memory modules in their anti-static bag until you are ready to begin the installation. Handle the modules only by the edges and don't touch the gold pins. No tools are required to remove or fit memory modules and using tools can cause damage to the modules.

1. Remove the four screws that secure the palm rest to the system.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m memory upgrade

2. Turn the system over and lift open the screen. Push at the sides of the palm rest so it bends upwards in the middle a little, and lift it slightly away from the system.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m memory upgrade

3. Bring the palm rest cover towards you and rest it on the table. This will expose the two memory slots for your system.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m memory upgrade

Installing the memory module

1.To replace an existing memory module, spread both clips on either side of the memory slot to release it. To remove the memory module from the slot, hold it by the edges and slide it out at 45 degree angle.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m memory upgrade

2. To install the new memory, hold the module at a 45 degree angle and align the notch on the module with the notch located in the memory slot.

Lenovo ThinkPad Z60m memory upgrade

3. Gently push the module in then down until the clips on both sides click to lock the module in place.

4. Make sure the module is firmly in the slot and that's it's not moving. Otherwise, reinstall the module by repeating steps 1 to 3.

5. Reverse the palm rest removal instructions to put your system back together.

You're done! Once you have closed your computer and reattached all the accessories that were connected, it's time to switch it on. No software or settings will need to be changed as the computer detects the memory upgrade automatically.

Find more memory upgrades at: www.upgradeable.com.au.

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