MSI Wind U100 SODIMM Memory Upgrade Tutorial & Video


A computer memory upgrade is often the best way of increasing overall computer performance. Do you want some more power out of your MSI Wind U100 Netbook? Add more memory to your netbook. The MSI Wind U100 has no memory bay door, but it’s quite easy to put an extra SODIMM module into this netbook. It will speed up opening new applications, running multiple applications at once, and switching between software applications (multi-tasking). Here’s a complete guide on how to upgrade your MSI Wind U100s memory.

First, you have to select the right memory module. For your Wind U100 you need a standard 200 pin DDR2 SODIMM laptop memory module (not desktop memory). The system cannot accommodate more than 2GB in total and it has already 1GB (or 512MB) soldered onto the motherboard. The user can upgrade the memory by putting a 1GB PC2-4200 533MHz or 1GB PC2-5300 667MHz SODIMM into the free slot. The PC2-5300 667MHz SODIMM is the most popular netbook memory upgrade and a faster module is backwards compatible, so a 667MHz SODIM will definitely work. Recommended brands include, but are not limited to, Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, and Viking.

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Now follow the steps below and the steps explained in the detailed instructional video at the bottom of this article:

1. Shut down the computer completely.

2. Power off your MSI Wind U100 if it’s on. Also, unplug the AC power adapter.

3. Prepare your MSI Wind U100 by placing it upside-down on a flat surface with some form of soft padding. Static electricity can damage your module and other computer parts. Make sure that you are working in a static-safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your work space.

4. Remove the battery. This will prevent you from accidentally shorting anything on the system board during this process.

5. Discharge residual power by pressing the power button.

6. Be sure to ground yourself. Touch something metal, like a tap, for a couple of seconds and you should be fine.

7. The bottom half is quite easily removable after unscrewing 9 screws. There’s a “void if tampered with” warranty sticker on top of one screw. You can remove that sticker; MSI Tech support has confirmed that the warranty will not be voided if the memory is upgraded. There’s no need to remove them. As long as they are completely unscrewed, you can leave them sitting in the plastic

8. Remove the back panel of the chassis. When pulling the back panel; you start from the right hand site (the site where the USB ports are). You should hear some light pops as each corner unsnaps from the base.

9. Locate the free memory slot. You can find the RAM slot next to the ventilator. The slot might be covered with a piece of black tape. In that case, you’ll need to lift the tape.

10. Most memory will be sold in a piece of hard, clear plastic. Gently remove the new module from the packaging by pressing on it from the plastic side. Avoid bending the module or applying too much force to the packaging. When you remove the SODIMM memory module from its packaging hold it by the edges, try not to touch the gold colored contacts as this can damage the memory.

11. Turn the module so the teeth are facing the SODIMM slot and the sticker is face down. It’s impossible to put the memory module in backwards thanks to the notches which “key” it with the slot. Insert the notched end of the SODIMM into the socket. This is important; you want to stick in the new memory module at a 45 degree angle. Press the SODIMM firmly, and pivot it until it snaps into place and the metal retaining clips clasp into the grooves on either side of the module.

12. Make sure that it is firmly fixed in the slot and does not move easily. If the memory does not fit easily, take it out and try again.

13. Put the cover back on. Snap the bottom of the chassis back into place. Getting the bottom back on might be more difficult than taking it off. Take your time, don’t force anything, and make sure all of the ports stick through the holes properly. Start at the left hand site (where the audio jacks and VGA port are), then go to the right site, push and snap the cover into place. Tighten all screws, without too much force.

14. Test it. Before you close your case, replace the battery. When the battery pack is inserted, it will automatically lock. Turn your computer back on. The BIOS automatically detects the amount of memory in the system and configures CMOS accordingly during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) process. There is no hardware or software (including BIOS) setup required after the memory is installed. You should see the new amount of memory displayed on your start-up screens or in the properties for “My Computer”. Note that the system will say it has 1.99GB rather than 2GB of RAM.

15. Troubleshooting. If you have trouble with your new RAM, check these things first. Check the power cords. Is everything plugged in properly? Check the module. Try removing the module and replacing it to make sure it is seated properly in the slot. If you’re still having difficulties with your RAM, check the Crucial FAQ section. You may find an easy solution for your problem.

Good luck!

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