How to upgrade the memory in a Panasonic Toughbook CF-30

Upgrading your RAM is quick and easy. The only tools you'll need are a couple screwdrivers and, of course, a new RAM module. The CF-30 has two slots for memory and accepts 1GB and 2GB DDR2 RAM modules with a speed of at least 5300S (please note that we only sell RAM as an upgrade to computers purchased through our website, and not as a standalone product).

Step one: power down the unit.

Turn off your computer, disconnect the AC adapter, and remove the battery. To remove the battery, simply slide the latch on the battery cover to open it, then pull the battery out by its tab. It is important that your computer be completely without power before you proceed.

Step two: remove the RAM module cover.

Locate the RAM module cover on the underside of the computer and remove the 5 screws holding it in place. Use a flathead screwdriver to lift the tab and remove the cover.

Step three: remove the RAM module.

Carefully open the hooks on both sides of the module. Slide the module out of its slot.

If you wish to replace the second RAM module (located underneath the first), there are a few more steps. First, remove the Memory Bracket (part number DFHR6270), which is held in place by two small Phillips-head screws. carefully lift the copper-colored tape (it may help to heat up the glue with a hair dryer first), and remove the second module just as you did the first one.

Step four: insert the new RAM module.

Tilt the module slightly and slide it into the slot. The hooks will clip themselves on when the module is correctly in place. If you are upgrading both modules, you will need to re-attach the copper-colored tape and the bracket over the bottom module before continuing to the top one.

Step five: finishing up

Put everything back together the same way you took it apart. All you'll need to do is screw the cover back on and pop the battery back in. Presto.