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How-To: Gateway LT4004U Netbook RAM and Hard Drive Access, Upgrade, Replace

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Published on May 16, 2012

05/16/2012
How to get into your LT4004U, LT4008U, LT4009U, LT4010U, or LT2802U netbook! Replace your RAM with a higher capacity, replace your hard drive with a SSD, or maybe even just clean out the CPU cooling fan... Just follow the video!

I bought this netbook for my mom recently, and when I looked it up online searching for how to get at the hard drive and memory, I literally couldn't find anything pertaining to this specific model of computer... Or anything remotely similar to it even! So of course I had to tinker around with it! I figured it out after a while, and thankfully did not break anything in the process.

If anyone decides to try higher RAM capacities than 2GB, please let me know the results, as Gateway Online says this computer will only support 2GB, but I do not personally believe that. Sadly, I don't have any DDR3 RAM to test that theory with. The RAM is DDR3, CPU-Z labeled it as PC3-10700 (667Mhz), so another thing I'd like to know is the maximum supported RAM speed (which isn't mentioned ANYWHERE).

***CONFIRMED!!!*** This netbook DOES support a single 4GB DDR3 RAM stick, however Windows 7 Starter still only shows 2GB *usable* memory. The netbook in this video now has a working PNY 4GB PC3-10666 stick in it :)

The hard drive is advertised on the unit itself and online at Bestbuy.com as being only 250GB, when in reality it is a 320GB. Has the industry changed standards to only advertise REMAINING hard drive space to make way for their bloatware without causing an uproar I wonder? lol. I also hope that Toshiba has upped their longevity.. I swore a long time ago never to use another Toshiba drive after my laptop spit out the 160GB Toshiba drive it had, only 6 months after I bought the laptop... But this being my mom's computer, I'm not going to mess with the hard drive unless it does blow up.

Pertaining to this video:
Spam comments will be deleted and the users behind them blocked, and I probably won't respond to people asking "Will such-and-such work with my such-and-such not-Gateway-LT4004U computer" .. Fair warning. Keep the comments related to this computer, unless the methods used in this video DO also work for another model. In this case, PLEASE post, and I'll add that model to my description with source credits!

sabuzahra: "I put in a 4GB Corsair DDR3 card and it worked. #117200"
Worutaa: "I have the LT4009u and this method works"
Alicejean Hancock: "great video also same as LT4008u same model and screw locations"
GerbertzNachriya: "And it works for the LT4010u."
M.J Gangitano: "thank you! could have done without this video...not the same machine. LT2802U"

Last but not least, I take no responsibility for you breaking your shiz.

Thanks, and happy viewing. :)

Want to get to know me more outside of Youtube? Then feel free to visit my site! http://www.AK49BWL.com

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