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04-07-2014, 01:14 PM

I'm new to this forum and this is the first time I've posted here. I have a quick question regarding whether it is truly necessary to remove the battery in order to upgrade the RAM? Since the G46VW has an internal battery that is not easy to remove and I'm not confident (not computer literate) in disassembling the laptop, I'd really rather change the RAM with the battery intact. I've tried researching on google and found that there seemed to be a split in the consensus: some claiming it's perfectly fine as long as you do not inadvertently switch the laptop on halfway through the process whereas some said there's a good chance you'd fry your motherboard.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated along with any precautions that I should take. Thank you.

04-07-2014, 09:42 PM
Considering the two RAM slots on the panel can be upgraded easily, I wouldn't really worry about taking the battery out. Just make sure you shut down the computer and don't turn it on in the upgrade process. Good luck.

04-08-2014, 12:46 AM
Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated. Do you think it is necessary to fully deplete the battery?

04-08-2014, 01:00 AM
No, it's never good to fully discharge any Li-Ion batteries, it may damage battery to death.

Always have your battery between almost depleted and almost full.

04-08-2014, 02:19 AM
It's not recommended to fully discharge, if a lithium-ion battery is discharged below 2.5 volts per cell, a safety circuit built into the battery opens and the battery appears to be dead. Then at that point the original charger will be of no use.
Only a battery analyzer with the boost function will have a chance of recharging the battery then.

There is one exception. Battery experts suggest that after 30 charges, you should allow lithium-ion batteries to almost completely discharge. Continuous partial discharges create a condition called digital memory, decreasing the accuracy of the device's power gauge. So let the battery discharge to the cut-off point and then recharge. The power gauge will recalibrate.

04-08-2014, 02:28 AM
Thank you guys for warning me about that before I went ahead and did something regrettable. Appreciate all the info! :D

04-08-2014, 09:42 AM
That's a very nice copy pasta Gotti, at least you could quote ;)

04-08-2014, 06:52 PM
Just upgraded them and everything went well. :)