The HP Folio 13-2000 ships with 4GB RAM, and officially this is the only amount supported. However, the memory controller is contained within the i5-2467M CPU and it allows the unit to support 8GB of RAM. Performing this upgrade will almost certainly void your HP warranty though.
The upgrade process is a litle fiddly as you have to dismantle the unit somewhat to get at the RAM, but it is possible and does work – I’ve just done it:
I would suggest looking at the Service Guide – it explains how to remove the various components to get at the RAM.
I bought my 8GB stick from Crucial, part number CT102464BF1339, it’s a 204-pin SODIMM, specs are 1Gx64, DDR3 1333, 1.35V, PC3-10600.
The quick version, plus a few hints, is as follows:
- Remove all 16 screws from the bottom, they’re all the same so you don’t need to remember which went where. You want a Phillips #1 screwdriver for this.
- Gently lever the metal inner face of the laptop away from the base, I suggest starting towards the hinge on the right-hand side as it seems to open easier there, then work your way around gently unclipping it. Something thinner and wider than a screwdriver ideally.
- Remove the keyboard. This is quite nasty as it clips into the inner face fairly firmly. The way to start is by pressing up under the “Delete” and “Backspace” keys in the top-right corner – there’s a gap that you can get a finger into. Then I suggest unclipping along the top edge first. Don’t lift the keyboard/inner face up too much as there are some pretty short ribbon cables on Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) connectors. The keyboard cables are fitted such that it folds up along the bottom edge (with the spacebar) to allow you to remove the cables. These two ZIF connectors have flip-up levers to allow the cables to be removed.
- Undo the remaining ZIF cables attaching the inner face to the base of the laptop, and remove the inner face completely.
- Disconnect the battery. Be careful not to short any of the pins if you’re using a metal object to prise the connector out of its socket. Due to the short and relatively thick wire used this connector keeps pushing itself back into the socket, so watch out.
- Now replace the RAM SODIMM, push the two metal levers outwards and the SODIMM will spring out – with some force!
- Fit your 8GB SODIMM, then reverse the above process.
Note that with my Folio, the RAM module that was fitted is actually a faster DDR3 1600 version, but it runs at DDR3 1333 speeds (see the Product Description section in the Service Guide, p. 1, and also the Datasheet). The Windows Performance Index for the RAM stayed at 7.1 after the 8GB DDR3 1333 module I mentioned above was fitted.