How to upgrade RAM in Toshiba Portege M400

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Here’s how you can replace or upgrade memory (RAM) in a Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC.

As you see on the picture below, there is no access to the RAM slots on the bottom.

Why? Because both RAM slots are hidden under the keyboard.

Toshiba Tecra M400 bottom



According to manufacturer specifications a Toshiba Portege M400 Tablet PC can handle up to 4GB memory total.

That means you can install up to 2GB module into each slot.

Toshiba Portege M400 laptop configured with PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz RAM.

You can easily upgrade RAM to 4GB yourself; all you need is a couple of screwdrivers, two 2GB modules and 15 minutes of your time.

Before you start turn off the computer, unplug AC adapter and remove the battery.

Now I’m going to remove the keyboard.

Carefully insert a small flathead screwdriver under the bezel and lift it up.

Continue removing the bezel with fingers.

Lift up keyboard bezel

The bezel has been removed.

Remove keyboard bezel

Now remove two screws and release a small plastic latch in the middle.

Remove keyboard screws

Lift up the keyboard as it show on the picture and place it upside down on the palm rest.

Lift up keyboard

You’ll find two covers under the keyboard.

Both memory modules are hidden under the right cover. Remove two screws and remove the cover.

Remove memory RAM cover

In my case both RAM slots are occupied with 512MB modules.

I’m going to remove both modules and replace them with new once.

Spread latches on both sides with thumbs.

Hidden RAM memory slots

The RAM module will pop up at a 30 degree angle.

Removing RAM memory module

Carefully pull the module by the edges and replace it with a new one.

Repeat three last steps with the second RAM card.

Replace RAM memory





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29 Responses

  1. HI
    Thanks for Website its helps me a lot to open My laptop to upgrade RAM.
    Thanks
    AHMED

  2. Thanks very much — your instructions and pictures enabled me to do what I needed!

  3. Christopher

    Thank you so much, I have a main PC but used this laptop for my Batchelors. Now I can keep it and not fork out a load on a laptop/tablet for my masters thanks to you. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!

  4. Thanks a lot. I was having a heck of a time figuring out where to upgrade the RAM and your instructions kept me from removing every screw in the machine!

  5. Bobby

    Thank you, Great Help :-)

  6. Thank you so much for this. You helped me upgrade the RAM on a friend’s laptop. I appreciate the time you put into the guide.

  7. Jerrick

    So Helpful! I just saved some money and time!!!

  8. Van Porter

    Thanks for the help!!! I saved lots of time and money because of you

  9. Wow, Thanks so much Great job. Question, The screws that hold the cover to the memory slots are really tight. How much pressure downward can I put on this area?

  10. IML Tech

    Mark,

    The screws that hold the cover to the memory slots are really tight. How much pressure downward can I put on this area?

    I’m not sure why you are experiencing a problem. Make sure to use the right screwdriver which fits screws tightly.

  11. Thanks a lot.. It really helps me to upgrade the RAM.

  12. Hey, do you need to upgrade both with a 1 GB? I only bought one 1GB RAM module. Is that okay or do I need to replace both modules?

  13. Thank you for your guide! I followed everything to the letter but now my screen won’t work. Help?

  14. IML Tech

    advo88,

    Hey, do you need to upgrade both with a 1 GB? I only bought one 1GB RAM module. Is that okay or do I need to replace both modules?

    Yes, you can replace just one memory module.

  15. IML Tech

    advo88,

    I followed everything to the letter but now my screen won’t work.

    Apparently the memory module is not installed correctly. Try reconnecting it.
    Also, there is a chance that your new module is bad, but I cannot tell without testing it.
    Try installing the old one back in place and test the laptop again.

  16. Thank you for your reply! I tried re-installing the old module but the screen still doesn’t work. I’m not sure what the problem is? But I haven’t killed the computer have I?

  17. jditmore

    Thanks so much for the information. This not only showed me how to get into my laptop, but saved me time and money. Much appreciation!!!

  18. Golthier

    That’s very useful info for all Toshiba Laptop users….It’s very simple if you follow the pics above…
    Well done…

  19. Thanks for taking the time to do this. It is very much appreciated! You saved me hours of looking for the location of the memory!

  20. i was told that mine had 2 * 1Gb on board. Thanks to your description I was able to open the system and see there was only one 2Gb. So I’ve saved buying 2*2Gb and just bought one. Thanks

  21. This was great, I just bought a used tablet and wanted to upgrade the memory, this link made it so easy to do. Thanks !

  22. Brad Fallon

    The only thing that’s worth doing is checking to see that your system recognizes the memory. Assuming you’re running Windows, go to Start->Control Pane->System. It should show you the amount of RAM that you think you have.

  23. Awesome Presentation with step by step pictures

  24. Thanks a million. just upgraded to 4 GB. Windows 7 was unusable with 1 gig. Will try to make a donation

  25. Thank you, it was a snap.!

  26. MKS KDMR

    Thank you. Very useful.

  27. Hi. Found this really good. Only problem is that my model – Toshiba Portege R400 only has one slot. I replaced the existing stick with a 2gb one. System now shows me up to 3gb of RAM now.
    Had wanted to increase it to 4gb, is there any way of doing this? If there is only one port, what’s the maximum RAM I can go to?
    Thanks. Rob

  28. do u know where the sound card is located? i cant seem to get mine to work in xp

  29. ahmad

    i cannot lift bezel in portege m780 :(