How to upgrade the RAM in a Panasonic Toughbook CF-29

If you've ever installed RAM before, you probably won't need this tutorial. It's all the same, really. If you haven't, that's what we're here for. You'll be happy to know that installing RAM is about as easy as changing the batteries in a remote control. All you'll need is a small Phillips-head screwdriver.

What kind of RAM to use

According to reference manual for my CF-29, the RAM module specifications are as follows: 200 pins, SO-DIMM, 1.8 V, DDR2 SDRAM, PC2-3200. Some older models, however, take DDR. If none of that makes sense to you, your salesperson should be able to help. Alternatively, you can use tools like the Crucial System Scanner, which will look in your computer and tell you exactly what to buy.

Step one: power down completely.

You don't ever want power going through your machine when working with your Toughbook's internal components. Shut your computer down completely, disconnect the AC adapter, and remove the battery. You should also take static electricity precautions, as RAM modules are very sensitive.

Step two: open up the memory cover.

There's a panel on the bottom of your computer attached with four small screws.

memory panel cover on the CF-29 Toughbook

Remove the screws. There's a little hole near the bottom-right corner. Stick a paperclip or something in there to pop the cover off.

CF-29 bottom with memory cover removed


Step three: take out the old RAM module

There's a little metal clip at either end of the RAM module.

RAM stick clip

Gently push both of them outward to release the RAM module.

RAM popped up

Pull the old module out, put it aside.

Step four: install your new RAM

Take your replacement module, and stick it in the slot.

toughbook cf-29 memory slot

You'll notice there's a little bar on the slot and a little notch in your memory module. This is so it will only fit when it's oriented the correct way. It should by easy to insert, so don't try to ram it in. Ha ha.

Push the module down. The clips will automatically latch into place. Screw the lid back on, pop the battery back in, plug in your AC adapter, power up, and you're done.