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Solved: Memory Upgrade advice

Q: Solved: Memory Upgrade advice

I have a 4 yr old Dell Dimension E510 with only the 512 memory it came with. The computer is painfully slow while playing online games and sometimes just surfing in general. I've done the disk clean-up, degragmentor, increased virtual memory, deleted cookies and all, and it's still slow. Only thing left I could think of is to install more memory.

I bought a PNY 2 x1 GB DDR2 PC2-5300 set from Staples today but before I open in, can anyone confirm that it's compatible with my computer and if it will even help?


A: Solved: Memory Upgrade advice

Looks perfect, Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 2GB per slot.*

Thats dual channel 2GB. It should make things run much better.

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Alright, guys. Now before you go dissing my laptop, try to keep in mind that I was looking for a machine that did everything I wanted for $200, and found that (I didn’t spend a penny more). My PC handles the intense stuff – but this laptop chats with buddies, surfs the web and loads USB homework papers at most, usually. I didn’t need anything super, but it came with a docking station, battery, their carrying case, cable, RW drive, PC cards among other little tools I got hooked up with, and happens to support my every camera/scanner/external drive/etc toy that I have!

And unlike other 1999 laptops, this one has a very easy-to-access upgrade area. I can remove the hard drive in the blink of an eye. Just wanted to mention that - in the past, I'd post about a question and all I got in reply was, "You overpaid for that piece of crap" instead of help.

I have the following machine:

Link with the exact photo is here
(Notice the digital display at the top of the keyboard – looks exactly like mine)

But the Pentium II version explanation is here
(please read the brief explanation and scroll down to the 333MHz version)

Hard to believe that in 1999, totaling everything I got in the deal would have been over $3000.

ANYWAY. It might also be important to mention that I threw XP Pro on it (auto driver installtion, please!), and am ... Read more

A:Solved: DIMM Memory upgrade advice?

According to Crucial
the Micron Transport NX can hold a maximum of 384MB SODIMM RAM
Since they recommend of 128MB module I would assume that each slot would accept at least that size. At present your notebook has 192MB.

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Hi folks, I love to do video editing using adobe premiere, but as videos are recorded more often in HD even from my smartphone feels like there is not enough power anymore.

My system is Biostar Hi-Fi A85W motherboard with AMD A8-6500 and 4 GB DDR3. Now I am wondering if a memory upgrade to 8 GB would really make sense in that case? Or could it be a too slow CPU and I have to replace my current board?

I will be glad to hear your advice!

A:Advice for Memory Upgrade?

That is a newly released CPU, so it is not slow. Plus, it is a quad core. If you just do basic computing tasks, the 8GB will allow you to multitask more. Check out this site for what RAM to buy:

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Running Windows 7 with 4GB RAM. Just got 2 extra 4GB DIMMS but HP manual says that speed is 1333 MHz if no more than 2 of the 4 slots used but drops to 1066 MHz if with more than 2.

Do I go for 8GB at 1333 MHz or 12GB at 1066 MHz? Gut feel is for 12GB but I'm not sure what effect speed drop will have.

Will take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 8 shortly, so speed vs total RAM may be more of an issue?

Thanks in advance for any help with this!

A:Memory Upgrade advice

You would never notice the difference in speed, and even after running specific benchmarks, you won't see much of a difference on paper. RAM timing and speed are two parts of a computer build that people spend FAR too much time worrying about and considering, when it really has very little, and no noticeable affect on actual performance. Base your memory decision on the capacity you need.

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I currently own a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev 1.0 motherboard with a kit of 6GB (3x2GB) Kingston HyperX XMS 1600Mhz CL9 1.65V, a Gigabyte GTX 560 Super OC and an Intel Core i7 i930 CPU.

I am looking to upgrade my memory and originally I intended to get another 6GB kit of Kingston and plug it in. Unfortunately I heard that they ceased producing triple channel Kingston memory sticks and I've came to a halt. Tried like 5 stores in my country and they said that they don't have the requested product and not even their suppliers have it.

At the moment I'm unsure of what to do. I'm currently looking at these options:

a) buy some other brand of triple channel sticks and place them by the Kingston and hope they get along
b) replace the whole RAM with dual channel sticks or some other triple channel brand (did they cease manufacturing triple channel memories or am I wrong?)

I'm looking to upgrade to either 8 GB or 12 GB of memory depending on the solution I'm offered.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated...

P.S. I forgot to mention, even though this is obvious, that I'm talking about DDR3 type of memory.

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I have a Lenovo 3000 series N100 note book and have been looking to add more memory as I only have 512mb at the moment. I want to add another 1gb and have come across this on dabs

According to the Lenovo website the memory for my notebook should be as follows

PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 200-pin non-parity SoDIMM 667MHz

the notebook manual says it can take a maximum of 2gb.

Just wanting a second opinion as I have never purchased memory before and I would be gratefull if someone could check to see if this memory is ok.



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I want to upgrade the memory in my HP Pavilion a1520n computer. I have two 512 mb cards in two slots with a maximum of four slots and about 4GB of memory. I was thinking of getting two more Crucial 1 GB cards so I would be adding 2 GB of memory to the system, for a total of about 3 GB. I know that they say to not mix memory and use the memory cards in pairs. Can I keep the two 512 MB Hyundai cards I have now and use them with the two new Crucial cards, or do they recommend to not mix brands at all ? Can you guys recommend a brand of memory and a place where I can buy it at a good price ? Perhaps crucial is the best best overall, I think I have used them before along with Kingston. Best-Buy sells a 2 GB kit packaged by "PNY" but I don't know much about them.

Here is my current memory specs as found by the freeware program "system information for windows" by Topala Software Solutions. I have also listed the memory recommended by Crucial via their system scan software, and the best buy cards.

I would appreciate any advice.

Memory Summary for HP computer

Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Maximum Memory Module Size 1024 MBytes
Memory Slots 4
Error Correction None
DRAM Frequency 200.4 MHz
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

Device Locator Slot 1
Manufacturer Hyundai Electronics
Part Number HYMD564 646CP8JD43
Capacity 512 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timi... Read more

A:Request for advice on ram memory upgrade

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i have bought a P6T SE motherboard as i was on a budget, would Corsair XMS3 Triple Channel 3 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL9 PC Memory be ok to use im guessing it will support 1 nivida graphics card

any advice

A:Advice on memory and motherboard for i7 upgrade to i7 950

i have bought a P6T SE motherboard as i was on a budget, would Corsair XMS3 Triple Channel 3 x 2 GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL9 PC Memory be ok to use im guessing it will support 1 nivida graphics cardClick to expand...

Since you say "I'm guising it will support 1 nividea graphics card", then I'm guessing you don't know what you're doing and should ask for advice before buying a card.
To answer the prompt, yes.

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Looking to upgrade memory. I have a 5 year old Dell Dimension 3000 running Windows XP home SP3. Pentium 4 processor (2.8GHz)with 512MB Ram currently. I can upgrade to a max of 2G for this computer.

I run few if any large apps with the exception of Firefox and McAfee Total protection. Those two apps are fairly resource hungry and can really slow things down at times. My question is how much memory should I upgrade too and see a significant difference? another 512M or go to the 2G max?

Oh.. and case anyone wants to know, I do limit the apps that are running to what I actually need, and I have also done the same with Startup. I use CCleaner to clean out junk I don't need and I use a good defragger (Auslogics) on occasion if need be.

Any thoughts?

A:Memory upgrade advice for older computer

For the price difference, I'd just go for 2GB. 1GB is about standard for anything current, 2GB is rapidly becoming the standard for anything coming out.

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Dell Desktop DIM4400
1.60GB Intel Pentium 4
768MB Installed Memory (soon will be 1024)
Hard Drive 40GB
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
DELL M991 19" Monitor
Verizon DSL 3MB/700kbps

Hi guys and gals,

My Dell is circa 2002 and has performed admirably..
so there's that..(kudos to DELL)

I'm finally getting around to doing some way overdue upgrades including
maxing out my RAM to 1024MB (I have now 512+256) and
will receive early next week a stick of 512MB ($26.99) from Crucial.

So, now having 40MB HD and free space at...
(well, here's from Belarc Advisor)
39.98 GB Usable Hard Drive Capacity
13.14 GB Hard Drive Free Space

I'm looking for at least an 80+MB HD..depending on cost.
Other than Dell (sorry Dell, looking for best price deal),
where do you recommend I can go to find a "reliable" HD
at a decent cost savings (ala Crucial)?

Any help appreciated.
If you'd care to further enlighten me, I'll be looking for instructions
on partitioning (since I'll have two HD's) and any other pertinent
information you feel is apropos to guide me through this upgrade.
(I'm NO expert...borderline intermediate perhaps)

Thank you muchly,


A:Just ordered a Memory upgrade - now need Hard Drive advice (Dell)...

Look here:

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Hi guys, I'm just wondering if this 1GB memory will work:

My mother board is

Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID 62-P210-001368-00101111-040201-SiS$P4S61210P4S61 BIOS P2.10
Motherboard Name ASRock P4S61

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type Intel NetBurst
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 200 MHz (QDR)
Effective Clock 800 MHz
Bandwidth 6400 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties
Bus Type SiS MuTIOL
Bus Width 16-bit

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1
Expansion Slots 3 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 AMR
RAM Slots 3 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, Video, LAN
Form Factor Micro ATX
Motherboard Size 210 mm x 240 mm
Motherboard Chipset SiS661FX

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name ASRock Inc.
Product Information
BIOS Download

Will that memory work on this motherboard?

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Hi Everyone

I am about to buy a new computer and I would be grateful for advice: if you have the choice of a computer with a 4mb cache on the processer and 2048 MB memory or one with a 3MB cache and 4096MB memory, which would it be better to go for? They are about the same price. I use the computer to run homeopathic software and for photography.

Many thanks

A:Solved: memory and cache advice

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I find myself now having do upgrades on my computer since my husband passed away several months ago.

Due to video editing, that I now are involved with, I feel I need to upgrade the memory in my system.

The system is a hp 7680 and has 4 slots. 2 slots each have 1gig 533 mhz ddr2 chips.

My question is, if I add 2 more single gigs sticks, do they have to be 533 mhz or can I go to a higher speed chip, like 633 or 800?

A:Solved: Advice on memory speed

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I'm wanting to upgrade my current system (In anticipation of Battlefield 3 ) to something that can handle things better, here's my current specs:

Memory: 2GB DDR2
Processor: AMD Phenom 9500 X4 2.2ghz
Video Card: ASUS EAH5670 1GB
Hard drive: 300 GB Western Digital
Power: 750w Coolermaster Extreme

A big factor with my upgrade is my budget, I'm looking for high end mainstream parts, so nothing like crossfire (yet) or liquid cooling. I figured sticking with my 5 year old board and upgrading to an AM3 processor and 4gb DDR2 ram would save me some money, but how would my performance be? And I think I want to stay with my video card for now, since AMD's 7000 series is coming out soon and my current 5670 is fairly newly bought.

Thanks in advance

A:Solved: PC Upgrade Advice?

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hi i currently have a amd athlon XP 1800 1.54 ghz socket A and 768 mb of ram. and i want to upgrade to something a bit faster is it better to upgrade the processor or the ram. what would you recommend

A:Solved: Advice on a CPU Upgrade

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Hello, im thinking of starting to upgrade my pc to prepare for the next generation of games.
I know this transaction will take a while but i want to start now to avoid having to pay out a large sum in one day.

The problem is everything I know about computers is self taught, I am more that efficient with computers but could really do with some help in just figuring out the best place to start and whats most important for me to be able to support next-gen games and run them well. I'm use to playing on High graphics but am seeing frequently more games i find it difficult to push to its limits.

any advice welcome, thank you.

P.S any advice on good cases with good cooling, relatively quiet would also be welcome. I prefer the minimalist look rather than the generic gaming cases

A:Solved: PC Upgrade Advice - all welcome

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I need some advice on win7 upgrade. I have XP now, thought 7 as opposed to buy new pc. My question is about a clean install, or do you install over XP?
The advice part is about price. I have seen Win7 for as little as 50 pound (Brit money, no pound symbol on this keyboard) Anyway, I'm confused by the pricing because I don't know if the cheaper ones at Amazon are missing something.
How do you tell what you're getting?
Thanks ... appreciate any advice offered.

A:Solved: need some advice on upgrade to 7

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Hi im looking to upgrade my motherboard, cpu and ram.

Currently have an amd athlon 64x2 6400+ 3.22ghz cpu
Asus m2n-e sli motherboard
4gb ddr2 (i think) ram

Im just wondering what would be a noticable performance upgrade for me? Been lookin at phenom quad cores, and ddr3 ram but not sure if it will be worth it? Any advice is appreciated, thanks.

(I have a radeon hd 5770 gpu wich i wont be changeing yet, all going into a haf922 case.)

A:Solved: Advice on an upgrade please?

If I were building a system today I would get this Phenom II X6 Black Edition 1090T and Gigabyte board combo: and some DDR3 1866 MHz RAM.

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I'm thinking about upgrading my computer for christmas, but am unsure of what exactly is necessary. I do not know much about computers myself, and the current configuration has been built up by a friend's father over the last 3 years. I mainly use the computer for gaming and media purposes, i.e. dvd's, music etc. I currently have the following:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack2
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+
2.41 Ghz, 3 Gb RAM
Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT 256 Mb
Nvidia nForce4 Ultra chipset
Realtek AC97 Audio or something like that?

Any advice?

A:Solved: PC Upgrade Advice

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I am trying to upgrade my Dad’s computer,for greater speed generally esp video apps, ideally for up to £80, and would be grateful for your suggestions.
The system currently runs slowly & quite often ‘stalls’ (?) with fairly moderate-demand applications, & more so with eg: graphics/video applications.
I thought of:
1) Increasing RAM to 2gb (max advised) with
(mobo manual says pc2100 max, but would it take higher? My earlier upgrade to pc3200 may be the causing some instability?).
2) Adding a graphics card – but which one? I believe it must be 1.5V & AGP4 compliant. Which ones would be better than the existing onboard, still be compatible, yet not be ‘wasted’ by having what I believe is not the fastest CPU speed. (I don’t know much about overclocking, but is it the way to go or should I replace the processor? – prefer not to due to high cost & low expertise).
Appreciate your views. Specis as below…
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack
Service Pack 3
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name
CPU Type
Intel Pentium 4, 1783 MHz (18 x 99)
Motherboard Name
Asus P4B533-V (6 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM, Video)
Motherboard Chipset
Intel Brookdale-G i845G
System Memory
I wrongly upgraded from 256mb pc??? to 503 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM. I h... Read more

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Hi Tech forum

This is easy for you, easyer than my last Post anyway
so i whant to upgrade the computer because it cant run latest games any more...
So im guessing i need to upgrade grafik card? take a look at the stats
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40GHz 4,9
Minne (RAM) 2,00 GB 5,3 Grafik NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS 3,6 Spelgrafik 1023 MB tillgängligt grafikminne 3,2 Primär hårddisk 13GB ledigt (184GB totalt) 5,5
Its in swedish but i think you can understand it

I have some money to spend on the pc, so what should i upgrade and to what?

A:Solved: Need advice to upgrade my computer

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Birthday coming up soon And I want to upgrade the mobo on my machine.
My current system:
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 RX 550W
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz
Memory RAM: 4.00 GB DDR2 800Mhz
Graphics: Gainward NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+
Primary hard disk: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB
Windows 7 Ultimate RC 64 Bit

I have always been curious of the Nvidia Mobos and i have been looking in that direction for quiet a while. Currently, i have my eyes set on EVGA nForce™ 790i Ultra SLI Motherboard.
Im sort of a newbie when it comes to motherboards, how good do you find this motherboard is ?
It does support my Cpu, although my ram are DDR2, and the mobo supports DDR3, that means i have to get new ram right ?!
Also, I plan to upgrade my CPU later on, just not right now,does this make it a good Mobo pick ?
In addition, ive read nvidia gpu's run better on nvidia mobo, is that true ? If so, doesnt this Mobo have a little advantage over others since i own an Nvidia Gpu ?

Im also very unlucky with hardware purchases, i know they are updated very frequently, believe it or not, when i bought my GPU, the newer version "GX2" was released the same week! So should i wait abit longer for newer generations to be released cause this mobo is abit old i believe, or should i just go ahead and get this one ?

Thanks in Advance

A:Solved: Want to upgrade my Mobo - Need Help/Advice!

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Hi, well um, I just bought Fallout: New Vegas for PC. My first PC gaming investment. And I'm getting choppy, shuttery,lag.
I'm currently running:

AMD Sempron™ 140 Processor
2.7 GB of RAM
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Service Pack 3 (build 7601), 64-bit
GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

Any suggestions on getting an upgrade for FREE? I don't have the funds for a new PC or
a hardware upgrade.

Also, I have 2 things that seem to be graphics cards that I pulled from my Windows XP:

Conexant MPEG II A/V ENCODER CX23416-12 0508Y1N8 0509 Taiwan
Agere SV92PL~T00 SV 0513S 4005724 03 Agere


Also, I have a friend with the Windows 7 Ultimate disc. If that helps, please tell me.

A:Solved: Need a free upgrade or advice, please.

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I have a very general question,with no problem.
My friend just got a new laptop with Vista installed and is getting the free windows 7 upgrade.
She has had no problems with Vista.Network is fine,works with existing printer and she is satisfied with the performance of all her favorite apps.
So my question is,what will she gain by the upgrade?
What are the potential problems she will encounter.(printer no longer works etc)
I am a"if it ain't broke,don't fix it"kinda guy,but if she will benefit from the upgrade,we'll do it.
Thanks in advance for any advice on this.

A:Solved: Widows 7 upgrade advice

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you guys must be getting fed up with this by now - here is mine

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3071 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238464 MB, Free - 149397 MB;
Motherboard: , ALiveNF6G-DVI
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I recently asked about the ram capabilities of this computer, and was duly informed that it was capable of running only 4GB of ram (which included the graphics card - was totally flabberghasted at this news), though if it had been running a 64 bit system it would be at the 5GB level.

To this end I have been searching for a way up upgrading this old computer to run the 64 bit o/s's, as xp is coming to its end in service updates, then i was looking to upgrade to win 7 - as vista is also likely to fall by the wayside soon, so the question is - obviously a fresh install - to a new hard drive and win 7 professional 64 bit - then use the old hard drive in slave mode (it's a sata drive not one of the old ide style, fresh install of my old software - is that possible or would there be issues?.

A full retail version or am I legally allowed to buy a OEM for system builders and install this - providing I accept that it is my responsibility if it goes pe... Read more

A:Solved: Another xp-win 7 upgrade advice question

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So a while back I was looking at purchasing a new computer. However my financial situation has turned for the worse and I am going to have to limp along a bit longer with the one I have. I have decided that I can afford to upgrade my current machine. The computer I am using was one that someone gave me.

Current specs are as follows

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9600 BE @ 2.3 GHz
RAM: 6 GB DDR 2 1800 MHz
GPU: Saphire Radeon HD 4550 with 512 MB
MOBO: Jetway HA06
PSU: Turbolink ATX-CW500P4, I believe this is made by Apevia/Aspire
HD: One 300 GB and one 1.5TB WD Caviar Black

I picked up an XFX Radeon HD 7870 from newegg. It dawned on me after I purchased it that my PSU might not be up the challenge. I opened the case and its looking like its definitely not going to make the cut. I read someplace that the Radeon 7XXX series needs a constant 12V 27A supply. I am trying to avoid Apevia if at all possible. I had one of their units crap out on me when it was still fairly new. I do have an old BFG tech 550W PSU in my old computer but I don't know if it works or not. The old computer won't turn on and I don't know why.

So I am looking for suggestions on a reliable and affordable PSU. The more affordable the better.

Here is the link to the PSU. I could not find the actual manufacturers website.

I was also considering upgrading the CPU. I was thinking about getting the Phenom II X4 965 BE. However it is not listed ... Read more

A:Solved: Upgrade advice needed.

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Hi, I've been given a laptop which is a few years old, and was really slow. I've since added more ram and installed Windows 7 and it's performance has improved quite a bit but I'm also considering upgrading the CPU. The laptop is an E-system Ei 3103 from emachines. and the cpu is an intel celeron m440 1.86 ghz. I've seen a cpu on ebay which is only £6 used, which is a pentium t2080 dual core cpu, but the clock speed is 1.73ghz, which is slightly less but it is dual core. its 533mhz and also socket M. so I think it should fit my laptop but just wanted to check, and would the extra core make enough of a difference to bother taking my laptop apart to fit it? alternatively can anyone tell me any other cpus that may be faster than this one that would also be compatible?

Also, would I need to update the Bios? My concern is that the emachines website has no support/downloads for this model at all so If i need to update anything I don't know where to go. I've emailed them but with no reply.

would I need to adjust any settings in the bios or is this done automatically?

Thanks for reading.

A:Solved: Laptop Cpu upgrade advice

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I need to upgrade my Video card... I am currently running a GeForce 4MX AGP8X. My IBM A50p desktop has a 230W power supply. My monitor is a Dell 2005 FPW 2005FPW 20.1 inch LCD. I am thinking about something like a ATI Radeon 9550. Will my current power supply handle this? I am not a heavy Gamer but want to run Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA.

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Manufacturer: Micron Electronics,Inc
Model: Transport NX

I bought this for 200 bucks and put a new partition on it, redoing everything.
It seems to run really well, but I did a system check with the Sandra Lite program and it told me about a few things I wanted to ask you experts about.

My main questions are in each section summary. Please tackle as many as you can.
<<< System Summary >>>

< Processor >
Model: Intel(R) Pentium(R) II

< Mainboard >
Bus(es): ISA AGP PCI PCMCIA CardBus USB i2c/SMBu
System BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 4.51 PG
System: Micron Electronics,Inc Transport NX
Mainboard: Chicony Electronics Co,ltd MP989
Total Memory: 192MB SDRAM

I'd like to up the memory to its full 384 Capacity, but it warns: consider replacing memory modules with
ECC/Parity modules. Does that mean my memory is bad? How can I upgrade?

< Logical Storage Devices >
Hard Disk (C: 9.4GB (7.9GB, 84% Free Space) (NTFS)

< Power Management >
AC Line Status: On-Line
Battery No 1: 45%

45%? But it's fully charged and the laptop runs on the power cord. Does that mean my battery is bad?

< Operating System(s) >
Windows System: Microsoft Windows XP/2002 Professional (Win32
x86) 5.01.2600

<<< Mainboard Information >>>

< Memory Controller >
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A:Solved: Laptop Upgrade Advice, guys?

Don't flash the BIOS, unless you are correcting a fault that is known and for which the BIOS flash fixes. A bad flash = a dead laptop

Laptops are unlikely / expensive to upgrade.
Sandra may not realise if the system board can actually handle a faster CPU, and finding one that old now could be a challenge.
Some earlier cheaper laptops had CPUs soldered in and were unchangeable as well.

If it runs OK, leave it alone. Its not worth spending a lot of $$ on a 333 mHZ PC

32% physical memory = free, unused RAM. Its fine.

Running XP on a CPU below 500 MHz results in slow performance. On Windows 98SE it would fly.

The power management and battery status can get out of alignment. Its also possible that the laptop is not using the right drivers to report everything, as they may not be available for that older motherboard for XP, for which it was probably not designed.

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Hi...I'm trying to get enough courage to upgrade my OS to XP. I have read many threads about doing an upgrade and I'm still a bit nervous about the idea of doing it myself. I have Paul Thurrott's suggestions ( on how to do a clean install and I do get some comfort from it. It seems to be quite comprehensive.
After running the Upgrade Advisor, as he suggests, I was given a list of things that might need additional files so that XP will work on my PC.
Here the list: SiS 650_651_M650_M652_740
Canon BJC 4400
Realtek AC'97 Audio
SiS USB 2.0
USB 2.0
What I am supposed to do with the above items and where should I turn to do this?
There is also a list of the software that may or may not work and some I will have to reinstall, but I think I can handle that... things like Zone Alarm, AVG etc.
Thanking you in advance.

A:Solved: Advice wanted to do upgrade to XP from Win98

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Hello Tec Expert,

I have a bought "Microsoft Windows Vista Home premium upgrade".

I need advice about what I should consider before put-in Microsoft windows vista premium CD? so that I can't make any mistake during installation.
although I have run windows advisor already and the result where perfect, I am stills eligible for your experience.


A:Solved: On the eve of upgrade to vista premium/need advice

You need to tell us MORE about this machine?

Are you going to do a clean or upgrade install from what?

Backup ALL of you data files and folders including documents, pictures, email, favorites and any folders that you have made on your hard drive.
Also remember that some programs like "Quickbooks" the data is within their folders and NOT under MY Documents.

Unplug ALL external devices such a scanners, printers, external hard drives and etc. After you have Vista up and running add them in one at a time and check them out before adding another.

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TSG system utility Info.
OS version: M/Soft Win XP Home Edition SP3 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R)Celeron(R) CPU 1.80GHz,x86 Family i5 Model1 Stepping3
Processor Count 1
RAM 1022 Mb
Graphics card Intel(R)82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller,64Mb
Hard Drives:C:Total 152617MB, Free-130909MB:
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation,07W080
Antivirus; avast! Antivirus,Updated:Yes, On demand Scanner: Enabled.


Refurbished Dell Optiflex 745 120 GBP/186 US dollars

General Features:
Windows 7 preinstalled including COA license and Restore Disk
Intel Q965 (ICH8) Express chipset
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86 GHz processor
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM (supports up to 8 GB)
80 GB hard drive
DVD/CD-RW Combo drive
No floppy drive
Graphics Card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000
Sound Card: ADI 1983 High Definition Audio
Network Card: Broadcom 5754 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (10/100/1000)

Upgrading from Dell Dimension 2350 that has now become old & slow running XP SP3. with hard line input of 2.5 Mbps
Not a gamer but want to stream video.I run strict maintenance of computer

My thoughts are to add 2GB RAM & increase HDD size to 160 GB.

Would this machine be adequate & sufficiently up to date please ??


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Windows XP SP1

I have an HP Pavilion a345w
it had 512 Ram and I just bought another 512 to put in. I put it in and the computer actully seems as though it is running slower then before.

I no about deleteing temp files, history, cookies
I have adware SE-clean
Spybot S&D--clean
Spyware guard
Zone Alarm
I used cleanup40
Microsoft Antispyware
I have McAfee
all is clean
Windows updates are all up to date.

The only thing I no of if it would make a difference is the virtual Memory. It is set at 756 MB That is where it was set at before I have not touched it cause I don't no much about it. However shouldn't it be set at 1 and 1/2 or 2 times what you have for RAM? and if so would that make a big difference it speed? I new that I would not see a big difference in speed but it sure as heck shouldn't slow down. I have dial-up.

Can some one help me with maybe some things I could try? I no I have the right Memory.

A:Solved: Windows XP Home SP1-Put in new memory, running slower then before- need advice?

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I want to backup my current system (XP home edition SP3) which I have used for about the last year at most. Besides personal data and such that will be desired to have once win7 is installed I want to be able to go back in the event I need to for any unforeseen circumstances. A quick google search revealed to me windows easy transfer but since I know nothing other than the blurb from MS about it I have no idea if that is a complete backup solution for being able to revert back if I need to in addition to having access to all the personal data/files that I will want on the new install. In the past I have simply duplicated the drive when doing a new install of a current or new version of windows as a just in case there is a file in a folder I forgot I stored and later remembered I needed. But since this is a netbook the only source I have for storing any sort of backup is on a spare HD (120GB) in my desktop PC. The HD in the netbook is 160GB (~16GB used). I'll also need to be able to perform the win7 install to the netbook from my PCs CD drive over the network. And any retrieval from the backup or restore from the backup will have to be done from the PCs HD over the network to the netbook. I have a checklist of stuff to do from asus prior to upgrading win7. I'll be doing that while I wait for responses here on the forum.

Thank you

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I have a Dell Studio 1555 running Windows 7 64bit. I am trying to upgrade the RAM memory from 4GB to 8GB (an upgrade that can be done on this model). The machine has two memory slots and two CPU (cores). When I boot up the computer recognizes that I have changed the memory, however it reports only 4GB (2GB for each CPU) rather than the expected 8GB (4GB for each CPU). In other words, no upgrade. The memory modules are correct - Two modules - 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 - 800 MHz 200-Pin SO-DIMM Laptop Dell Studio 1555.
I have checked to see that the BIOS was current and chipset driver current and installed. I have also run a pre-boot memory test on the new modules.
Any ideas?

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade

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So I want to upgrade the memory on my sister's desktop (the same one we had the nic problem with) and I just wanted some suggestions, this pc is used strictly for internet, email, and research. No gaming, rarely and videos, etc...

Any suggestions on what memory i should look into? I am hoping somewhere between 512-1gb depending on price.

There is currently like 200mb~ on there now. i know its lame, but no one is willing to pay for any more.

A:Solved: I want to Upgrade my memory

We'll need to know about your computer. Mainly the make and model of the entire system or the motherboard. You can also go to and see if they can detect your system and what they recommend for upgrades.

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I have an older system that i would like to bring some life to for a short time if possible. It is a HP Pavilion 325c. Now specs say it can only be upgraded to 1GB max RAM, which I have done some time ago. Now the MOBO is a MSI MS-6390, and its specs say that it can be upgraded to 2GB RAM. Would like some insight on which to be true. Here are links to both HP and MSI spec sheets.
HP spec
MSI spec

A:Solved: Memory upgrade

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I have an older computer I need to upgrade.

The memory card is 184 pin.
Slot capacity is 1 gig per slot.
Mainboard Mfg. is ECS

Currently slots 1 and 2 show:
Module size: 256 MBytes
PC2100 (133 Mhz)
Manufacturer: Samsung
Correction: ECC
Registered: yes
Buffered: No

The major questions I have are (1) where do I get the best board for the cheapest price? and (2) if I go to a memory card like Corsair Memory VS2GBKIT400C3 2 GB PC3200 400MHz 184-Pin DDR Desktop Memory Kit will the Corsair card work with a difference in speed between the PC2100 (old card) and the PC3200 (new card)?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

A:Solved: Need To Upgrade Memory From 1 Gig to 2 Gig

What's the complete description of the motherboard in that old computer?


In most cases, you can mix DDR PC2100(DDR266) or DDR PC2700(DDR333) or DDR PC3200(DDR400) modules.

If you do, all modules will run at the speed of the slowest module(s).


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I'm probably asking this question in the wrong place but i want to increase the memory on my computer, at present it is 512. Is it just a case of buying new memory and un pluging the old and pluging in the new if so what happens to all the stuff on the old memory. Any recomends on what to buy? thanks gazbag

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade

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I have an HP m7250n Desktop with 1GB of factory installed DDR2 SDRAM 240 pin (PC2-3200) boards. I have 2 open slots that I can install additional RAM. Can I use PC2-5300 speed memory boards as well as PC 2-3200?
Do you have recomendations for board manufactutrer ie, PNY, Kingston, Crucial etc??


A:Solved: Memory Upgrade

even in today's world,
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an easy-to-do-business-with company:

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I have a Dell 4500 computer with 256 Rams of memory. I want to upgrade to
1G which is as much as my computer will hold. I will buy two 512 and take out the 256. I want the best and the fastest that I can get. Have visited several memory sites and cannot decide on the best one for me. There are 3 that I am looking at , but just do not know which one is the best.Here is what I need.

PC 2100 DDR 266MHz
c1=2.5 volts
64 meg x64
The three that I am thinking about are:

Please help me decide on the best one. I know it is probably just a preference , but you are all more experienced in this than I am and I do want your input as to which you have had the best experience with.

Thank you very much.


A:Solved: Memory Upgrade- Which is the best ?

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Hi guys well I purchased the correct 1g RAM stick (I Think) for my HP Pavilion a310.UK

Worked great for the first hour then I got a couple of messages saying Error sorry for the inconvenience but you will have to shut down, send error report. So like I say this happened a couple of times. But after this the computer wouldn't reboot even in safe mode. So I have removed it and am back to the usual slow 256mb routine. Also when I first powered up the computer it asked me to verify my windows application which I did.
So once again guys any ideas ??

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade AGAIN !!

You bought used memory off ebay????? IMO that is just asking for a problem.

I would really go to either corsair, crucial, or kingston's site and input your system. It will find compatible memory for you AND it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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Hi I am trying to upgrade the memory on my computer. It currently has 256mb in one memory slot and the other slot is empty. I purchased two Kingston KVR400D2N3/1G DDR2 SDRAM's Which according to the spec in my computer manual should be fine. I removed my old memory module and placed both my new module's in the relevent slots. All that happened was the computer fan started spinning faster than usual but nothing else happened. So I removed one and left one in the orignal used memory slot. The fan started again and there was a single loud click about every four seconds but nothing happened again so I removed that a put my old module back and everything was back to normal. Am I doing something wrong or is there a proper way of installing memory upgrade.

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade

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Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade

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Hello everybody! Let me explain my query. My computer is a emachines with windows vista. The motherboard has 2 memory slots and allows up to 4gb of memory. The memory it has right now is 2 512mb sticks of pc5300 memory. If I decide to upgrade the memory, does it still have to be pc5300? Thanks.

A:Solved: memory upgrade

go to and let it scan your PC. it will tell you what your options are.

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Hi, Have a PC running windows ME - Memory is 128MB RAM - Want to upgrade it..
Looking at the motherboard manual says I can upgrade to 512MB.(256 in each slot PC100/133 Tried to install 256 in each of 2 slots. Get bios beep errors. PC will not boot. Not sure if it's 3-3-1 or 4-3-1 beeps on pheonix bios. Get one beep when PC starts - then the sequence 3-3-1
One of which is CMOS battery error and the other RAM error. Tried each module separately but same error. The old memory works fine. No error beeps. Both new memory modules so don't believe can be both memory at fault. Why would the CMOS battery give error when works fine with original memory. (PC is about 7yrs old!!)
Any ideas how to check where the problem lies. Board is a P61WP-Fe (AMR Plus)


A:Solved: Memory upgrade

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I have an old Dell Dimension 8200 (it's now a little over 5 years old). It has 512MB of RAM and I was thinking about upgrading it. I've been reading that since it runs with RDRAM (PC800, 184 pin RIMM) that I should only put that kind of memory in there. My friend (who has upgraded memory in a countless number of systems but is no technician by any means) says it's ok if I put 2 256MB DDR memory modules in there (I know that the system requires memory modules to be installed in pairs). I don't think it's a good idea to put the DDR in here, but I wanted to know for sure. I was thinking that I just buy two of the PC800 RDRAM modules. Thoughts?

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This computer has a trigem imperial 1.02 mainboard with 256 mb of RAM.
I would like to increase the size of the memory to at least 512 mb but am confused by the descriptions of the different cards.
How would the memory I need be described?
best wishes

A:Solved: memory upgrade

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with help from some very helpfull people on this site i have purchased myself some more memory. but i dont know what is involved in fitting it. is it just a case of turning off my pc and plugging the memory into the spare slot and turn back on, or not. many thanks gary

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I have a Lenovo Y530 laptop. It currently has 4GB of memory (2 sticks of 2GB) installed occupying its 2 expansions slots. What I was wondering is whether or not it can handle additional memory if I installed 2 stick of 4GB each instead. The reason I have my doubts is that a utility I ran showed that the computer's "memory controller has a maximum memory of 4GB" yet it shows under logical/chipset memory banks that the maximum installable memory is 8GB. Sooo.... is the discrepancy a bottleneck of my system or what? By the way it is a windows 7 64bit system so i know i'm good on that.

A:Solved: Memory upgrade?

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I have an older desktop computer. it is a Compac 5410F. it runs excessively slow. On the advice of a friend, we had it re-imaged in hopes of improving the speed. If anything it is now slower. out of 300GB of space there is a little over 200 GB still available. I wouldn't think it would slow down so much but it really sucks. Can anyone suggest what type of memory upgrade or whatever will help improve the speed. Pulling up anything, especially the internet takes too long for my tastes. the specs for the Compas 5410F are:
Packaged Quantity 1.0
Type Media center
Recommended Use Home use
Product Form Factor Tower
Localization English / United States
Processor / Chipset
Type Intel Pentium E2160 / 1.8 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
CPU Qty 1.0
Max CPU Qty 1.0
Chipset Type Intel G31 Express
Front Side Bus 800.0 MHz
Cache Memory
Installed Size L2 cache - 1.0 MB
Cache Per Processor 1 MB
Installed Size 1.0 GB / 2.0 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Specification Compliance PC2-6400
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Hard Drive
Type HDD
Capacity 1.0 x 320.0 GB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300 Serial ATA
Spindle Speed 7200.0 rpm

What would I specifically need?

A:Solved: Memory upgrade help

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I am trying to find out what to expect if I upgrade from OEM memory to 512 or 1g memory sip.
COMPAQ Presario SR1110NX
Microsoft XP Home Edition
145g hard drive
I have little to none tech talk knowledge.

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I have gotten my hands on an HP Pavilion 304w computer. I replaced the AMD 1.53 Mhz CPU with a 2.0 ghz AMD chip. Now, I am currently looking to upgrade the memory modules and am recieving conflicting reports via HP's website as to the maximum amount of allowed RAM that can be installed. One page, , says I can only install 2 X 512 mb sticks. The other page, listed under the motherboard specifications link located on that very same page, , states that the maximum allowed memory is 2 Gig.........???? Can anyone with any knowledge of this FIC AM37 Salsa Motherboard offer any assistance? I hate to place an order for the RAM without knowing. Thanks.

A:Solved: HP Memory Upgrade?

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Dear Sirs and Madames,

I have expanded memory on my laptops in the past with no issues...not so fortunate this time while attempting to expand the memory on my Desktop.

The vitals of my desktop are as follows:

Gateway 5200X (Desktop)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition) SP2
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Memory (RAM): 512 MB (two 256 MB sticks)

I will now explain the steps I followed to expand the memory...

1. Turned of CPU
2. Removed power cord from CPU
3. Opened cabinet.
4. Installed two (2) 1 GB DDR PC2700 333Mhz... one (1) in each of the two remaining available slots.

(side note: I have always been under the impression that I needed to install the "New" memory in matched pairs, however, when making the request for "matching pairs" while purchasing the new memory I was informed that this was no longer the case... I hope the was correct guidance.)

5. Re-installed the cabinet.
6. Re-connected the power cord.
7. Turned on the power.

After the normal "Gateway" start up screen appeared I got the following message:

(Black Screen/White Text)

Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot device

I rebooted and the same appeared.

Now... I have "Recovery Disks" That I made... but no "Boot Media" that it's asking for...

9. I removed the newly installed two (2) 1 GB DDR PC2700 333Mhz. memory . (following the previous steps to install it.)

After the normal &qu... Read more

A:Solved: New memory upgrade

Check the cables to your HDD, they may have come loose when you were installing the new memory.

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Dell Optiplex 990 desktop Windows 7 Enterprise

There were 2 sticks of ram 2gb each, I installed 2 additional sticks of memory 4gb each. Booted it up to a blue screen, I took the 2 4gb sticks out, and I still get a blue screen. I've tried booting up to safe mode, last known good config.. etc. Same blue screen appears. I ran through diagnostics with original memory in, with just 2 4gb sticks, and with the combination and everything for memory comes back fine.

blue screen =

Win32k.sys - Address FFFFF9600011CCA3 base at.......

A:Solved: BSOD After Memory Upgrade

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I need advice as to the best way to upgrade the memory on my custom built desktop computer. It is presently outfitted with two 512MB DDR PC2700 modules and has one empty slot. The motherboard (Soyo SY-P4X400 Dragon Ultra Platinum Edition) can apparently handle PC3200 and up to 2 GB of DDR 400. I'm uncertain as to whether to scrap the two existing memory modules and install two 1MB strips of DDR 400 - PC3200 OR to fill the empty slot with a 1MB strip of the foregoing. I'm obviously in over my head and would appreciate any suggestions. BTW, the unit is running a Pentium 4 processor and Windows XP Pro. I'm not a "gamer" but I do run multiple programs all day and my rig has become agonizingly slow.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade Help Needed

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I have a Dell Inspirion 2200 that has 1x256 PC2700, I would like to increase the memory. I have 2x256 PC2100, I can not find anywhere an answer. I know that I have been able to replace damaged PC 2700 with PC 2100 in a desktop. I am unsure it the same is so in laptops. Thank's

A:Solved: Memory upgrade (Sort of)

The Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop comes with a non-removable 256 MB module.

It has an empty bay for adding a second module.

It supports a maximum of 1280 MB of RAM.

That means you can add a 256 MB or 512 MB or 1024 MB(1 GB) module to that empty bay.

It uses 200-pin DDR PC2700 SODIMM modules.

By adding a 1024 MB(1 GB) DDR PC2700 module to the empty bay, you can max out the RAM in that laptop.

You didn't mention which version of Windows you have in that laptop, so I'll assume it's Windows XP.


If you currently have 2 - 256 MB 200-pin DDR PC2100 SODIMM modules, you can add one of them to the empty bay.

I wouldn't advise that you do that though because it'll cause both modules to run at the slower DDR PC2100 speed.


Here is an image of what a 200-pin DDR PC2700 SODIMM looks like.


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I have a Gateway M150-XL Slate laptop. It came with two 1GB sticks of RAM, but I would like to upgrade to 3GB or 4GB of RAM. It has two RAM slots, but I've seen places online (CNET/Best Buy) where it says max supported RAM 2GB for my laptop. I went to Gateway's website and put my serial number in and it says:

Memory Upgrade Information
System Serial Number: 1102133509

Motherboard Part Number: 2905935R

Type of Memory Modules (shipped):
1024 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module (CRU/EURP)

Memory Installation Guide
Number of Memory Slots on Board: 2 (2 banks of 1)
Maximum Amount / Type of RAM that can be Installed:
4096MB DDR2 PC2-5300

So what can I do? Can I upgrade with two sticks of 2GB each. If so, where is a good place to find quality/inexpensive DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM? For example, I've been to TigerDirect but I only see PC5400. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: How much memory can I upgrade my system with?

According to what I read on the Gateway Support site the MAX Ram is 2 gig. and that is what the specs say it comes with. 2Gig 667 DDR2. Now that doesnt mean that the computer cant use more. But your OS may limit what would make sense for you to have.

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I have a gateway MX8711 laptop. My processor is 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache and im looking to upgrade my memory. Would adding 2 1gig PC2-5300 667MHz 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 memory work well with the computer even though it is 667MHz and the processor is only at 533MHz. The factory installed memory (2 512mb) is also at 533MHz which I would not use anymore. This is the link for the memory that I am looking at and this is the link for my system specs Crucial says that it is compatable but I just want to make sure.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Solved: Memory upgrade question

Faster memory will run fine at the lower speed.

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i going to add memory to an old compaq owned by a friend.
it has 192mb now, i want to increase to the max allowed of 256.

my question is, i've never had to remove any before to upgrade just add on.
there is only 2 slots for mem. so i have to change a 64mb with a 128mb.
when i remove the 64 am i gonna loose anything she has stored on her computer?

this may seem like a dumb question but i'm trying to make points with this girl i just wanna be sure

A:Solved: memory upgrade question


OK. Well, most likely nothing will happen to the HDD where all the software and data files are stored but you never know when fiddling inside a PC.

And you sound like you know just enough to be dangerous. Just kidding..

To be on the safe side, you should probably backup any important files she has to a CD or portable USB drive first.

Removing the ram stick is fairly easy. Just push the white tabs on either end down till the ram stick pops out. Then plug in the new one.

When you first boot up afterwards the BIOS may detect the change and require you to go into Setup to confirm the change.

Hopefully the new stick you're putting in will be compatible (you never really know til you try) with the old 128mb stick and everything will work out just fine.

Good luck!

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My daughter has my old HP Pavilion zd4800. It has 768MB of PC2700. I purchased 1 GB of Ultra RAM to upgrade the memory. They are all 333MHz DDR sodimms. According to the specs, the maximum is 1024 MB, so I should be able to just put it in & go, right? But when I do, it won't boot. I've tried in both slots. I've tried with & without the old modules in every configuration possible. (Even though the maximum is 1G, I tried to see if it would work with what I had.) Any ideas?

A:Solved: Laptop Memory Upgrade

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PNY - Optima 2-Pack 4GB (8GB Total) PC3-10666 DDR3 SoDIMM Laptop Memory Kit

This is the memory I am looking at from Best Buy to upgrade my wife's computer for her birthday. I was going to buy her a new computer but money and plans changed. I still want to improve her computing experience, so a new battery and upgrading from her stock 3G of memory to 8G seems like the way to go.
She has an Acer Aspire Model 5552

I just want to make sure there's nothing I need to do other than ground myself before pulling and swapping the memory sticks...

A:Solved: Laptop memory upgrade ???

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Hi all,
I want to upgrade our computers memory and before I would just open the tower and look at what was used BUT this time I am running into a bit of a problem. The memory in the tower says PC-2 4300 512 mb
This is computer info
Acer Aspire e 380
Windows Vista
1 gb Ram
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor

I am looking at samsung memory and a Ultra memory module How can I be sure they will work for me before I buy them???
The Samsung memory is 2 -1024 mb PC4200 533 mhz 240 pin DDR2 Dimm and the Ultra memory is PC 4200 533 mhz 1024 mb. I tried to find a memory checker for samsung and Ultra but had no luck.
Your help is truly appreciated. Thank you

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I recently upgraded my Gateway Select 1200 PC from 128MB to 512MB - removing the old memory module and inserting one new memory module of 512MB. Everything seems to be working great - guess I got lucky. Now, I am in the process of installing a 2nd computer for my wife - a Compaq 6300US, which is coming with 128MB (got it at CompUSA auction for a good price). I want to upgrade the memory to 384MB and hopefully get as lucky as I was with the Gateway. My problem, no configurators seem to have the Compaq 6300US listed. I know it takes SDRAM DIMM of 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256MB, with maximuim 512MB. DIMM's must be 3.3v Unbuffered and ECC is not supported (per the limited information on Compaq's site). I have purchased a Kingston Module KVR-PC133/256. I am just hoping it works. I do know it has an empty slot. Should I put the additional memory in the first slot - heard somewhere that makes a difference sometimes If anyone out there has any experience with this particular computer, would appreciate your comments. Thanks!

A:Solved: Memory upgrade questions

First i would make sure you have the right type of memory - mainly in your case pc66, pc100, pc133. It's not good to mix pc133 with other speeds of ram. Sometimes it works just great but i wouldn't recommend it. With the odd exception all mainboards have more than 1 slot, with 3 being the norm. If all works you may be able to use the piece from your computer as well.

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I have a Gateway Select 1200 computer with 128MB installed. I would like to upgrade it to 512MB - by adding a 128MB module and a 256MB module. I asked Gateway and they advised me I have 2 DIMM slots supporting 4 banks memory.

When I ran Belarc Advisor profile, it shows 128MB in Slot DIMM 1, with Slot DIMM2 and Slot DIMM3 as empty. (Three slots) I am not sure what I have. I have ordered one 256MB DIMM module and one 128 DIMM module from Crucial, but now am wondering if I can install both of them.

I am not sure what the terminology "2 DIMM slots supporting 4 banks of memory" really means. Would I have to install two 256MB Dimm modules to accomplish the 512MB total, or can I use the existing 128MB and add 128MB and 256MB to accomplish this.

Would I be just about as well off to install just the 256MB module and have a total of 384MB? (Providing I don't have two slots available)

Very confused. Anyone shed some light on this for me? I am in the dark!

A:Solved: Memory upgrade questions

Well crucial agrees with belarc, seems gateway may be wrong.\

System Info:
Maximum memory: 768MB
Standard memory: 128MB removable
Slots: 3 (3 banks of 1)
Explanation of memory terms
This is for a select 1200 per crucial

3 slots, you should be able to install all three dimms

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I want to know what information will i need to know in order to get a memory Upgrade

I do not want to pay a tech dude to do it for me I like to build computer myself
If you need my computer information like the model and everything like that i can edit this so that there is.
I want to put a 2GB of Ram in it

A:Solved: What information I need for a Memory Upgrade

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I wish to have a memory upgrade but I have a few questions.
I have 2 slots both contain non-parity DDR PC27000 256MB memory sticks.
I know that my system supports upto 2048MB (2GB) maximum.
1)If I upgraded both slots to 256MB DDR PC3200 would I notice the difference or can I actually do this ?In other words because my system has PC2700 , is that the only type it supports or can I put in PC3200 and would it be beneficial to do this ?

2)Can I leave a 256MB PC2700 in one of the slots and put say for instance a 512MB PC2700 in the other , 768MB total as opposed to the 512MB I have at the moment ?

3)Can I just take both out and put 1GB PC2700 in both slots , what would happen ?

4)If I put 1GB PC3200 in both slots would there be any difference to putting in 2 PC2700 sticks ?

I apologise if these questions are obvious or trivial to some of you more experienced types but it is not till recently that I have started to fiddle about with the hardware so I am in need of some expert coaching here , as per usual thanks in advance people !

A:Solved: Memory upgrade questions.

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I have a packard bell desktop that had 1gb RAM 512 in each slot. Just bought 4gb (2x2gb) to replace the 1gb. Each module appears to work in either slot but not together. When I boot with both modules in I get a very rapid beep when I boot up and windows xp won't load. It all works fine however with just 1 module of 2gb in place.

I am running windows xp home SP3. I have been into the bios/cmos when the 2gb is in to see if I need to change anything but there is nothing I can see to change. It does show 2gb!

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: RAM Memory Upgrade Problem

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I have an HP Pavilion xf125 notebook, and would like to upgrade the memory. It has 384mb now. I don't know how much memory it will hold, or if it's even upgradable anymore since it's so old (2002 I think). The reason I want to upgrade is because it crashes pretty easy. I was thinking more memory would help solve this problem. Any advice would help... but no need to suggest I buy a new computer because I really don't use it all that much to justify the cost of a new one.

I also need a new battery for it, but don't really want to spend a lot... so looking for an inexpensive one. Not sure it's possible to find such a thing anymore. Yes, I have looked on HP's website and they don't have either memory or batteries for it.

Thanks for any helpful advice you can offer.

A:Solved: HP notebook memory upgrade?

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Good evening all.

Over the years my PC has gradually slowed down until I eventually took the plunge and decided to increase the memory, I used the scanner on and upgraded from 1GB (2 x 512mb), to 2GB (2 x 1GB) and according to these new modules are supposedly compatible with my system. The old modules are labelled M2U51264DS8HC3G-5T 512MB DDR-4000mHZ-CL3 PC32200U-30331 and the new modules are labelled 1GB DDR PC2700 and the installation of the new modules seemed to go without a hitch, also my PC did speed up briefly but after a couple of days it has got even slower than it was before with half the memory and sometimes it freezes completely.

I have since scanned my PC for malware, just in case, and the free Avast did find and remove a couple of things including a trojan but this didn't make any difference whatsoever to the speed, which if anything is getting even slower.

That's about as much as I can manage so I was wondering if anyone can help me to speed up my PC up again or have I just wasted £50 of my hard earned?

Thanks in advance,


A:Solved: Memory upgrade problems.

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Hi Everyone,

I currently have the following memory installed in my computer.

2 X 256MB 16x(16Mx8) DDR - SDRAM PC2100 - 233-750 (CL2.5 up to 143MHz) (CL2 up to 133MHz. 184 pin

I don't understand all that but that's what's showing as the type of RAM I have.

The following is what I'm considering buying but I'm not sure if it will be compatible with what I've listed above. They say it's backward compatible but I don't know.
I'd appreciate your advice and opinion. Thanks.

JEDEC Standard 184-pin Dual In-Line Memory Module

128x4 DDR 400Mhz 184Pin DIMM Module

Performance: PC3200
DQ DQ Burst Frequency: 400MHz
Inputs and outputs are SSTL-18 compatible
SDRAM have 4 internal banks for concurrent operation
Differential clock inputs
Data is read or written on both clock edges
Bi-directional data strobe with one clock cycle preamble and one-half clock post-amble
Address and control signals are fully synchronous to positive clock edge
Programmable Operation:
Burst Type: Sequential or Interleave
Burst Length: 4, 8
Operation: Burst Read and Write
Auto Refresh (CBR) and Self Refresh Modes
Automatic and controlled precharge commands
Serial Presence Detect
SDRAMs in FBGA Package
RoHs compliance

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade Help Needed

by: The best way to buy compatible memory is to use a Memory finder from one of the companies that manufacture or sell Memory sticks.
Go to and use thier memory advisor. It's free to use and they will recommend and guarantee the memory will work.
You will need to know your computer's name (Dell, e-Machines, HP, etc) or the motherboard name.
Another source is
The stick you're looking at will probably work, but why take chances?

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I would like to upgrade my memory on the following computer. I have attached a scan from everest. i have 4 memory modules and I have in a 512 stick and in another i have 128.
i ran a scan from crucial and they did not have any "matches" for my system. Ideas?

A:Solved: upgrade memory for my computer

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I have a HP Compaq dc5100 sff running xp pro sp2 it has 512meg and I want to upgrade to 2gig(2x1gig),the litriture says to use pc2-4200 DDR2, can I use pc2-5300 DDR2, will it work?

A:Solved: memory upgrade for dc5100 sff

The HP Compaq dc5100 Small Form Factor desktop has 4 RAM slots, supports a maximum of 4096 MB(4 GB) of RAM, and uses 240-pin, unbuffered, non-ECC DDR2 PC2-3200 or DDR2 PC2-4200 modules.

It's best to install matching modules of the same brand and speed so you don't risk a conflict or incompatibilty problem. If you mix speeds, all the modules will run at the speed of the slowest module.

Note: The CRUCIAL site says it can use DDR2 PC2-5300 modules, but the HP-Compaq service manual and the MEMORYSTOCK site says to use only DDR2-3200 or DDR2-4200 modules.


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I have replaced memory in other computers in the past but this new INspiron seems to have an additional step in the process: temp. removal of PCI cards before new mem. install. What"s up with that?
The instuctions are straightfoward enough but is the procedure necessay? Also, the sticks must be installed in a certain order?
Thanks, Doc...

A:Solved: memory upgrade in Dell Inspiron 531

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I currently have 2- 256MB of DDR333/PC2700 in my system. The maximum is 2GB of 2700 or 3GB of 2100. I was wondering if I could add one 512MB of DDR266/PC2100 in the 3rd slot for a total of 1024MB Ram. My ASUS user's manual says that if more than 2 DIMMS of 2700 is installed the system will revert to a maximum speed of 266. Since I'm not adding a 3rd 2700 DIMM what will happen? Or should I just get the 2700 and let it revert back to 266Mz?

A:Solved: Asus A7S333 Memory Upgrade

In order to achieve optimum performance you would want to run pc2700 ram. By mixing pc2700 and 2100 you would default to 266 regardless.

Common question really. If i were in your shoes i would think about ditching one or both of the 256mb sticks and install 2x512mb sticks of pc2700.

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Hi folks!

I'm looking at increasing PC memory and need some pointers, please. I currently have 3 slots for memory. 2 of them are used with a 32MB and a 64MB cards. Both are SDRam.

What I could do with knowing is what can I upgrade to? Is it determined by the motherboard or processor or...what?

Any advise would be welcomed, as I'm not well up on the intricacies of memory!!



A:Solved: Memory upgrade advise sought!

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I''ve just upgraded my Athlon AMD XP computer from 512 Mb to 2G kingston RAM in two sticks. On first boot it gave me "CMOS settings wrong". I went in and noticed the time was incorrect, so changed it, and altered settings to "Best performance settings". I then shutdown as am concerned I might cause damage.

Is there anything I need to do. The HowTo's I've read dont mention CMOS changes.


A:Solved: Memory upgrade gives CMOS error

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vaio won't restart after memory upgrade
My Vaio was so slow I went to and ran their system scan to see if I could add memory. I bought their recommended 2 gig kit and removed my 512 card , installed their two 1 gig cards and then my system started just fine. I re-ran Crucials scan and it showed I only had 1 gig installed and one empty slot. So I shut down, removed and reinserted the two one gig cards, both clicked in just fine, but now when I started my Vaio again I just get a black screen. Lights on, I hear the fan running, but no start up. Any suggestions? Crucial support is closed for the night.

A:Solved: vaio won't start after memory upgrade

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Hi folks,

A simple question...Am wanting to up my XP system RAM to a gig by adding another 512mb (only two slots on the motherboard).
The module currently installed is a 512mb PC2700 (333MHZ).
If I added another 512mb stick of PC2100 @ 266MHz would I really notice a difference?

I realize the slower module would be my weakest link, but would I really notice the slow-down in apps like 3D games and photo editing progs?

Reason I ask is because I found a module on ebay that (for now) is a much better price than what's generally available.
(Spoken like a true cheapskate, no? )

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade (?) question...PC2700 to PC2100

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I really used to be up on the latest and greatest thing in personal computers. It’s easy to get behind. So I learned the hard way that DDR 184 pin memory won’t work in a DDR2 240 pin slot. Oh it will fit into the slot with much persuasion but it won’t work.

I have an HP Pavilion a1120n Media Center PC. It has 4 (2 banks of 2) memory slots. 2 blue slots and 2 black slots. My PC came with 2 256 MB PC-2 3200 DDR SDRAM memory (it says that on the label on the front of the machine). Apparently the PC-2 is what I ignored from the start. I think that was the clue that I missed, telling me that I should have ordered DDR2 memory, which has 240 pins. 120 pins on each side.

I ordered the suggested memory upgrade kit from The 184 pin DDR memory that they sent to me looked like the memory I had in my Pavilion. After some very sore thumbs the memory did go into the slot, but when I turned the computer on, it would not start up. After 4 calls to HP, I still did not understand what was going on. After searching the Web, I was thinking that maybe I did have DDR2 memory in my machine. At a loss, I turned my Pavilion off, grounded myself, pulled one of my DIMMs out and counted the pins on the front of my memory. Sure enough I counted 120 pins. Even on the phone with HP they kept suggesting the 184 pin memory. I did call them back and told them that I counted 120 pins on my memory and the technician did not know what that meant.

At any rate, I’m glad my Media Center PC has... Read more

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Hi all,
I just added an edge 256MB 3.3v 168 pin SDRAM DIMM PC-133 on my Gateway P4 1.5Ghz with 256MB already in there.

After the install, my monitor went to 4bit color on and 800x600 display with no other options available to select. removing the upgraded memory had no effect, neither did;
-troubleshooting the monitor driver
-checking drivers for NVIDIA Geforce2 MX 200
-Reducing the hardware acceleration to minimum

Any ideas on what to try next?

A:Solved: color display probs after memory upgrade

Try reseating the video card. You may have bumped it while you were inside the machine. Ram itself wouldn't cause this to happen to my knowledge.

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Im new here and consider myself reasonably knowledgeable about pc hardware. Hope things wont get too complicated.

Yesterday I've upgraded my memory from 8 to 16 gb. I know that timings are important when adding memory to an existing module, the same goes for voltage. But when I checked my specs after installing it, I noticed different JDEC clock speeds available to the new module. However the 800mhz speeds show the exact same timings

The question is: Will this cause problems?

Added image:


A:Solved: Memory upgrade, Timing difference issue?

Regardless of what is available, the system will only use speeds in common to all installed sticks.

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Hi all. I have a new Acer Aspire One A0722 that I got on sale for really cheap at Target. I really like the machine but sometimes Windows seems slow. I wonder if it needs more memory since I read this forum and it seems like additional memory would make things more responsive for me.

Does anybody know how to do a memory upgrade on this Acer? Pictures would be greatly appreciated as I am somewhat computer dumb and have not done anything like this before.

Thx to you in advance. Really appreciate it!!!

A:Solved: How to upgrade memory on Acer Aspire One A0722

It's a netbook. More memory is not going to improve the performance significantly. If you just bought it, and you think it's slow, I suggest you take it back and buy a regular laptop with a more powerful processor.

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One of our older (2003) Gateway 300S computers at work running Windows XP home gives a low memory warning when opening certain MS-Excel files. When I checked the system settings I found out that it only had 128 Meg of RAM. Entering the serial number on the Gateway site shows that this #5000643 256 MB, PC133, 168 Pin DIMM SDRAM is a suitable part to increase the memory:

Someone went to the local Fry's at lunchtime and, based on the salesperson's recommendations, purchased a 256 MB PQI 48750 / MS3856UOE part as described here:

It fit and locked into the second slot on the motherboard with no problems. All I got was 3 long POST beeps when I turned the computer on and that is as far as it went for boot up. I powered down and then tried just the new memory in the slot used for the original 128 MB part and got the same POST beeps. The computer still boots normally with just the original 128 MB of RAM.

Am I missing some detail in the specs that makes this new memory not compatible with the Gateway 300S or could we have just purchased a bad part?

A:Solved: Gateway 300S Memory Upgrade Problems

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I have just bought some new memory, 2 x 1 gig, inserted it and ran the test. I get one error in the Stride38 test. Address expected is different to the one returned.

I know which chip it is, should I send it back, or is this 1 error acceptable for the system?

Thanks for your response

A:MEMORY UPGRADE - Windows Memory Diagnostics Flags 1 Stride38 Error

please read the sticky about upgrading memory.

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I have a home built ASUS A7N8X2 Deluxe MoBo with an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ CPU. I upgraded Win XP Pro to VISTA Ultimate with no problems other than upgrading a few drivers. It went smoothly. At the time I had 1 GB in one of 3 available slots. I attempted to add 2 GB more to occupy all 3 slots. This produced a reboot after POST as VISTA started. I rotated the the modules through all slots and finally realized that when I went beyond 2 GB it produced a reboot. During post it tests 3 GB and the BIOS displays 3 GB. I have 512MB of RAM on the video card. Any suggestions ?? I am running the latest BIOS and if I remove one GB the machine boots and runs great... ???? Ron

A:VISTA Ultimate Upgrade Reboots with Memory Upgrade to 3 GB

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I want to upgrade the memory of one of the pc's in our house. I get low memory alerts often and I can't delete much else to create room. I have never opened up a pc before, and I don't want to screw up and make things worse. The pc in question is a HP Pavilion a1150Y with a Intel Pentium 4 (3.00 GHz). OS is Windows XP SP2. It came with 512MB RAM and I would like to go up 2GB. I went to, ran the system scan, and it says that this type of memory can go into that pc: "DDRII memory with support for DDR2 PC2-4200,DDR2 PC2-5300,DDR2 PC2-6400,DDR2 PC2-8500 speeds." I don't know what speed I should be installing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:How Do I Check Memory Speed To Upgrade Memory?

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Hello together !

For your information:

Did a memory upgrade today at 2 Toshiba Satellite Pro 2100 (1,9 GH, 256 MB DDR-RAM originally), both up to 1 GB, all fine and not problems.

Just wanted to end rumours about "only 512 MB all together" or even less.

If searching for it, remember to think of the specifications:

DDR-266 (PC2100)
200 PIN
CL 2.5

concerning RAM frequency, building form etc.



P.S.: Don`t think a discussion is necessary, thread could therefore be closed...

A:Satellite Pro 2100 - RAM Upgrade - Memory Upgrade

According the notebook specification Satellite Pro has two memory slots and can be upgraded up to 1 GB. It is very useful to have your confirmation about RAM upgrade for this old but still good notebook model.

Have a nice day.

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Hi Forum.

I'd like to add some more memory to my PC, I got my PC upgraded 3 years ago, and the Tech guy left in my PC my old RAM and I spotted the new ones called Mushkin silverline. So My main question are ram sticks compatible with other brands, or is it better to have the same brand used? for example I saw my Mushkin silverline are the budget price ones, but If I can go for the Mushkin redline, which is considered super duper, would it cause issues having a more advanced memory stick as opposed to the ones with less performance?

Thank you.

A:Memory RAM advice

It's always best to run RAM in kits, I certainly wouldn't pair new with your old RAM. What are your system specs and the exact specs of the new RAM? We wouldn't be able to advise on compatibility before we knew all of that.

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hi, ive been contemplating for a while about upgrading the memory on my PC but the whole thing is confusing me!
at the moment my PC specs are:

P4 2.5GHZ
Radeon 7500 64MB Graphics Card

What is the minimum next step up from 512MB RAM I can upgrade to?
How do i know wether i need DDR or SDR?

Im so confused, can anyone help?

A:Memory Advice

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Hi,I have at the moment 4GB installed on my motherboard.its capable of taking 8GB,would it be worth installing an extra 2GB, 1x 4GB replacement for 2GB,or will it only make a slight difference for performance.Regards Martin.

A:Memory advice

64-bit OS, CPU?

It depends on if you are running a 64-bit OS that can even use the 4GB you have.

My advice is:

If your cpu is 64-bit with hardware virtualization support - plan on installing Windows 7 64-bit when available and decide based on that future.
If your mobo and cpu support it and you are using or will be using a 64-bit OS, I say load it up!

Unfortunately, prices vary wildly for 1GB vs 2GB vs 4GB sticks and getting the right fit (using what you have or ditching it) is not so simple. I am not even going to start anything about DDR2 vs. DDR3

Assuming 64-bit, I think 8GB (4X2) is the magic number for desktops and 16 GB or 32 GB for Servers. Laptops generally aren't made for more than 4GB so far (sniff!)

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