Thank you for your quick response! I have downloaded the user manual. Is that different from the service manual? And my question is pretty basic. I am fairly certain of how to open the cover, I am trying to avoid ESD and other collateral damage I might unintentionally cause.
I should have added the "poor man's ESD precaution. Spread out some aluminum foil and lay the computer and RAM card on it. When the back cover is off, touch the foil with one hand and some metal part in the laptop with the other. Do this every once in a while. Sit still in your chair.