How to upgrade RAM in Dell Inspiron 9300

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In this guide I explain how to upgrade memory (RAM) in a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop.

This model has two memory slots available for upgrades and both slots are accessible through the service door on the bottom.

Even inexperienced users can upgrade memory in a Dell Inspiron 9300.

Let’s do it step-by-step.
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How to take apart Dell Vostro 1510

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In the following guide I will take apart a Dell Vostro 1510 notebook.

You can use this guide for removing almost all internal components from the case.

I think these instructions might work for some other Dell Vostro models. If it work for you, please mention the model in the comments below.

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Prepare Dell Latitude D500 for power jack repair

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In a Dell Latitude D500 laptop the power jack is soldered to the motherboard. If the laptop loses power intermittently when you wiggle the power plug, most likely the power jack is damaged and has to be repaired. In order to repair the power jack you’ll have to remove the motherboard.

In one of the previous posts I explained how to remove the motherboard from a Dell Latitude D500 but it came out mounted to a metal bracket. You cannot access and repair the power jack while the motherboard is mounted to the metal bracket, it has to be removed first.

OK, let’s prepare the motherboard for the power jack repair.

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How to disassemble Dell Latitude D500

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In this guide I explain how to disassemble a Dell Latitude D500 laptop.

Also, you’ll see how to access and replace all other internal parts.

I had two different problems with the computer.
1. The power jack was damaged. I could have just resoldered the jack but the second problem was more serious.
2. The motherboard couldn’t charge a known good battery. Apparently it had a problem with the battery charging circuit.

So I decided to replace the motherboard.

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How to take apart Dell Inspiron 1720 Vostro 1700

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Dell Inspiron 1720 1721 Vostro 1700

Here are instructions for taking apart a Dell Inspiron 1720/1721 or Dell Vostro 1700 laptop.

You can use these guide for removing and replacing:
1.  Memory modules, hard drive, wireless card, modem.
2. CD/DVD optical drive.
3. Keyboard.
4. LCD panel.
5. Heat sink, CPU, motherboard and other internal components.

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