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Installation Instructions

The following photos illustrate the best  way to gain access to the memory upgrade slot on Fujitsu Lifebook P-2000 series laptops. Many people have reported that following the instructions in the Fujitsu Lifebook owner manual has resulted in broken tabs on the plastic spacer panel which is located along the bottom of the keyboard. If these tabs break off, the keyboard will no longer be held down properly.

Here it is, the best tool for the job, usually called a "safety razor" or "single edge razor". This may seem odd, but most repair technicians use these all the time to pry apart laptop cases for repairs.

Any similar razor blade or very thin knife will also work, but probably not as well, and could scratch the case. 

Before starting, make sure the laptop is shut off (NOT just in standby or suspend mode!). You should also remove the battery.

First, remove this screw from the bottom of the Lifebook. You will need a small Phillips screwdriver.
Here is one end of the plastic spacer panel, before we begin. To gain access to the laptop memory slot (located under the keyboard), this piece must be removed.
Slide the razor into the bottom seam and push it straight down in the direction of the arrow as far as it will go, about 1/8 of an inch.
Next, while pushing down slightly on the razor blade, tilt it forward in the direction shown by the arrow, about 30 degrees.
The razor will fall out, leaving the plastic spacer panel partly lifted up, as shown here. Notice the 2 retaining tabs that are now visible - these were "unhooked" by the razor blade.
Repeat the same procedure in the middle portion of the plastic spacer panel, and...

...lastly, on the left side of the plastic spacer panel. We are done with the razor blade.

The entire plastic spacer panel should be loose, and can be lifted straight up and off. You may have to rock it back and forth slightly to release the tabs on the opposite side.

This shows the tabs on the plastic spacer panel which can easily break off, if you try and follow the directions in the manual.
Now, slide the keyboard toward you, about 1/4 inch.

The keyboard may be a bit sticky and refuse to slide down. In that case, lightly lift up the lower edge of the keyboard momentarily (below the shift key), then it should freely slide down.

Next, lift up the top edge of the keyboard, and flip it over as shown. The memory upgrade slot  is now visible, and the directions in the manual correctly explain how to install a MicroDIMM memory module in the slot.


TIPS: First, the module must be FIRMLY inserted into the white slot at an angle. It takes quite a bit of force to insert the module's gold contacts all the way into the white slot. It should snap into place, and the module's gold contacts should no longer be visible - if you can still see most of the module's gold contacts, then you haven't inserted it far enough.

Once you have the module plugged into the slot all the way, GENTLY tip the module down until it clicks into place and is lying flat. If you feel any resistance, or it does not click-lock in place when you tip it down, DO NOT force it!! Its probably not inserted into the slot all the way.

Even more detailed instructions can be found at The Transmeta Zone

(c) 2006 Bill Spandagos