How to upgrade the memory in a Panasonic Toughbook CF-31

There are two RAM module slots in the CF-31, but the second one is more difficult to access and the process is a bit more involved. For this tutorial, we'll focus on the upgrade slot that can be accessed easily.

Installing a RAM module is quick and easy. All you'll need is a Phillips-head screwdriver and a stick of RAM. The RAM module specifications, according to the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 Reference Manual are as follows: 204 pins, SO-DIMM, 1.5 V, DDR3 SDRAM, PC3-10600. You can install up to 4GB of RAM per slot (8GB total, if you access the secondary slot, which we aren't doing in this guide)

Step one: power down completely.

Shut down your CF-31 completely (don't put it to sleep; don't put it in hibernate), unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery pack (the door for which is located on the left side of the laptop). If you have a secondary battery pack in the multimedia pocket, remove that as well. It's also a good idea to take static electricity precautions.

Step two: remove the panel on the bottom of the unit.

Turn the laptop over.

underside of the Toughbook 31

There are six screws to unscrew.

Toughbook 31 with RAM panel cover removed

Voila!

Step three: if there is a RAM module in there, remove it.

If there isn't a RAM module in there (like in the picture above), then you can skip this step. If there is a module in there that you want to replace, you'll see that there are two clips holding it in.

RAM module clips

Gently push the clips outward to release the module, then slide it out.

Step four: insert upgrade RAM module.

You'll notice that there's a bar in the slot that corresponds with a notch in the RAM module. This ensures that you correctly orient the module (it will only go in one way, so don't force it).

RAM port bar

Insert your RAM in the slot. (Do it gently; don't RAM it in! Har har har.)

RAM orientation

Push the module down just like you'd close a lid. The clips will automatically latch on when it's all the way down.

Step five: finishing up.

Screw the panel cover back on, insert the battery, plug it in and boot it up. You're done.