07-19-2008 02:28 PM
how is additional RAM added to R61i? Where are the RAM sockets located? How are they accessed?
Lenovo support site (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-67447) is good, but it doesn't have memory addition instructions for this model.
The exploded drawing (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-68171) appears to show RAM under the TouchPad. Some of the screws on the bottom appear to have RAM icons, but it looks like the whole bottom comes off in a single piece.
Other models have easy RAM access. It doesn't seem like adding RAM to this model would be so involved.
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07-19-2008 02:33 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Yes, the RAM is located under the palmrest. All the instructions for installing it can be found in HMM that you can download from here:
Good luck and let us know.
07-28-2008 10:44 AM
I recently added a 1GB memory module to my R61i. The manual included with the R61i aptly described the procedure to access the memory location(s) by removing the palmrest. My only problem was that once I removed the screws, the left side of the palmrest would not "let go." No matter how I tried with my finger(s), the left side of the palmrest would not lift. After 30 minutes of frustration, I fabricated a thin piece of aluminum which did the trick in lifting the left side of the palmrest. It left no marks and fit perfectly into the space between the palmrest and the bottom section.
I own three other ThinkPads, although supposedly easy, my R61i was the most difficult to access the memory location. The absolute easiest laptop I own for changing/updating memory is a business HP/Compaq nx6110. And, my wife's supposedly "pedestrian" Acer, is downright simple to access the memory location - a simple access door on the bottom, somewhat similar to my T42.
07-28-2008 08:54 PM
07-28-2008 09:02 PM
To put it this way...my first response to the idea of putting RAM under the palmrest (which was introduced on T60/p and R60) was: you've got to be kidding me...
I know I'm old-fashioned, but my idea of accessible upgrades is T30/A3x/R40...one cover for RAM and one for mini-PCI on the bottom of the machine...even the wireless card under the palmrest on T4x/R5x, along with a "secret" RAM slot under the keyboard is not to my liking...
07-29-2008 04:10 AM