The U135 DX Netbook is a Atom based Netbook that is not too bad for a portable PC but in my opinion 1Gig RAM is not enough for a machine running a Windows 7 (albeit starter edition) operating system.
So, what options do I have to throw more memory in? Not too many. It comes with 1Gig built in, and only has one slot for another 1Gig. Will it make a difference? One way to find out – hence this post.
The type of memory required is DDR3 204pin SODIMM 1333MHz. I bought mine off Ebay as I could not find anywhere else to buy it.
Ok, let’s get to it but before I do:
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for any problems caused by the following instructions. They are provided for your information only, and could possibly void your warranty.
If unsure of the procedure described below, then don’t do it and a get a professional to install the memory.
Anti static wrist strap for the procedure
Phillips head scewdriver that fits exactly into screws
The Netbook and your memory.
Before you start, turn your netbookover and locate the screws that you will be removing. There are nine, one of which is located under your warranty sticker (see pic below, with screw locations highlighted in red). Also, remove the battery.
Proceeding past here will probably void your warranty as we will need to break that sticker to get to the screw, so if you want to keep your warranty stop here.
Remove all the screws, and then gently grab the base of the case from the top (up near battery). There are two tabs (located in battery bay) that may require a slight push to release the base but it should start to lift up (there is no real force required, so if it doesnt move with only a slight effort, try to work out why).
What I noticed when I did it was that the right hand side came up quite easily but on the elft hand side the external monitor port connector was holding me back, so in the process of left the base up I moved it to the left in order to move the base away from the monitor connector.
The location of the memory slot is easy to find 🙂 Note, when you go to put the memory in, it will only go in one way. It will slide in at about 45 degrees, and once in you can gently push down to a horizontal position when two tabs will grab the module and keep in down.
To put the Netbook back together, reverse the removal instructions and enjoy the Netbook. If something has gone wrong it will not boot at all, so go back and check your work.
The final question – Was it worth the effort? Absolutely. The Netbook runs much better and doesn’t seem to hesitate when opening up programs. It is a much more enjoyable to use.