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Memory slots in HP laptop

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December 15, 2012 7:50:16 AM

Hi, I have an HP Compaq 6710b laptop and I am looking into increasing its memory. CPU-Z reports I currently have a 1GB chip installed in slot 1 and slot 2 is empty.

I checked this website for compatible memory modules : and it reports that I can install for example 2x2GB modules.

My difficulty is that when I open the memory slot on the bottom of the laptop there is only one slot which is empty... Excuse my ignorance, but how can I replace (where is?) the module I currently have in slot 1 to be able to install the two new modules in slots 1 and 2?

Many thanks for your assistance.

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a b D Laptop
December 15, 2012 10:42:36 AM

Memory in laptops are usually stacked almost directly on top of each other. This video shows how they work
Hope it helps (and yes, I realize the vid is boring but that's the nature of ram)
Hope it helps clarify for you
December 15, 2012 12:04:47 PM

Thanks for your reply! I was not aware that laptop modules were stacked on top of each other. After I watched the video I re-opened the RAM compartment again; however I'm still not able to see any memory module installed... you can have a look here at what it looks like...
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a b D Laptop
December 15, 2012 12:53:00 PM

Looks like your 1gb is soldered on the motherboard. Only option is to put a 2gb module in the slot and get 3gb.
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a b D Laptop
December 15, 2012 2:26:42 PM

Just looked it up and it turns out Compaq went very strange on this model. Your secondary ram is the empty bank you've found, the primary ram is hidden under the keyboard. This PDF from HP explains changing the ram in both places
All I have to say is... that's different
December 15, 2012 3:02:16 PM

Great, that definitely answers my question! Thanks a lot C12Friedman for your time! :) 
a b } Memory
December 15, 2012 4:25:59 PM

C12Friedman said:
All I have to say is... that's different

Many HP-Compaq models have one DIMM behind the keyboard. Lots of 'dead space' between cut-outs in the plastic framework under the keyboard that can be partially reclaimed by mounting stacked components on the board's backside. In my HPaq laptop, the dial-up modem, WiFi and another module (forgot what it was) are slotted behind the keyboard as well.

Once you commit to using the keyboard as a makeshift access cover, might as well make good use of it.