Upgrading the RAM for the Acer Aspire ES 11 (ES1-132-C685)

Acer unsurprisingly advises users to contact them for upgrading the RAM on the Acer ES-11 (ES1-132-C685) and doesn't provide instructions for upgrading the RAM on the user manual. Moreover, a sticker on the compartment door dutifully warns users that they void their warranty if they decide to remove the panel to access the memory slot. However, depending on the market where you purchased the ES-11, the notebook will come with either 4 GB or a woeful 2 GB of DDR3L RAM. Regardless of your purchase, 2 GB of the DDR3L RAM is embedded on the system, with one available slot for a 4 GB or 8 GB DDR3L 1866 or 1600 memory module.

Note: The memory slot does not support DDR3.

The Acer ES1-132-C685 comes with a Celeron N3450 with a maximum supported memory of 8 GB DDR3L. Upgrading the RAM is highly recommended even if you are running a lightweight Linux distribution such as Lubuntu. On the other hand, you can get away with the embedded 2 GB if you're running a command line only FreeBSD 11 install.

Note: This article uses the Acer ES-11 with 2 GB of embedded RAM running Fedora 25 Gnome 3 and a 4 GB Kingmax DDRL 1600 memory module.

To install a DDR3L memory module on the Aspire ES 11:

1. Power down the notebook and disconnect the power cable. Remove all connected peripherals.

Note: The Acer ES-11 has an embedded Lithium battery and cannot be removed.

2. Using a CR-V 1.5 precision head, remove the six screws for the compartment door. To access one of the screws, peel away the Acer sticker.

3. Pry the compartment door open using the indentation on the memory door. Remove the door completely.

4. Take note of the notch and insert the memory module on the slot. The clips should secure the memory module in place.

5. Replace the compartment door.

6. Power on the system and tap F2 on the Acer logo to access Setup Utility.

7. On the Information tab, verify the value provided for Total Memory.

The following photo shows 6144 MB after a 4 GB DDR3L memory module was added.

If you're running a Linux distribution such as Fedora 25 or Ubuntu LTS 14.04, you can run top to check if the system properly detects the newly available memory.


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