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MacBook Unibody Model A1342 RAM Installation

Accessing the RAM in this computer is straightforward and requires minimal disassembly.

Relevant Parts

Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Step 1 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the eight 4 mm Phillips screws securing the lower case to the MacBook.

Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • The lower case is constructed of rubber-coated aluminum. Do not excessively bend the aluminum during removal, as any permanent deformation will cause tolerance issues after reassembly.

  • Slightly lift the lower case near the vent opening.

  • Continue running your fingers between the lower and upper cases until the upper case pops off its retaining clips.

  • The location of these three clips is shown in the third picture.

Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

Step 3 Battery  ¶ 

  • For precautionary purposes, we advise that you disconnect the battery connector from the logic board to avoid any electrical discharge. This step is optional and is not required.

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to lift the battery connector up out of its socket on the logic board.

  • It may be easier to use your fingernails to lift up on both sides of the connector.

Step 4 RAM Installation  ¶ 

Image 1/1: These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

Step 4 RAM Installation  ¶ 

  • Release the tabs on each side of the chip by simultaneously pushing each tab away from the RAM.

  • These tabs lock the chip in place and releasing them will cause the chip to "pop" up.

Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • After the RAM chip has popped up, pull it straight out of its socket.

  • Repeat this process if a second RAM chip is installed.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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