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

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

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 bought one of these a few years back, in the full knowledge that it was supposed to be possible to upgrade the memory to 2Gb. Initially, I replaced the installed memory (512M) with a 1G module, and would have installed the full complement if I had been able to do so. Sadly, it would appear that the second module has to be fitted to a socket under the keyboard, and I would desperately lik to find out how to do that. I note from previous messages on here about this type of system, that this is not at all straightforward; so I am am now looking for any useful information to assist me in completing this task.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Mick Young

A:e-system memory upgrade (revisited)

You obviously have a laptop that allows a RAM module to be installed under the keyboard and another RAM module to be installed in a bay on the bottom of it.

Removing the keyboard to install a RAM module can be difficult and time-consuming and may result in your laptop being non-functional, so you might want to have a qualified laptop computer person do it for you.


Can you provide the complete name and model number of your laptop?

What Windows version is it running?


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Not sure if it's an easy answer or not but I would appreciate any help you can give.

Currently using:

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHz
Motherboard: Intel D865PERL
Installed: 512MB DDR (PC2100)

I would like to give the old girl a shot in the arm by bringing her up to 2 Gigs but as my system was custom built, the online system scanners at Crucial and Diahmemory are useless. I looked up my motherboard to ensure I would be getting the correct Ram and it states:
Supported system bus frequency and memory speed combinations
To use this type of DIMM... The processor's system bus frequency must be...
DDR400...800 MHz
DDR333...800 or 533 MHz**
DDR266...800, 533, or 400 MHz
**When using an 800 MHz system bus frequency processor, DDR333 memory is clocked at 320 MHz. This minimizes system latencies to optimize system throughput.​Click to expand...

Normally I don't care so much about the details however with DDR333 and DDR400 there seems to be better pricing and selection available. Will my system support either DDR33 or DDR400 or do I need to stick with the DDR266?

A:System Bus Freq & Memory Upgrade

You just must to make sure, you are getting a 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMMs. I preferred, get Corsair DDR 400.

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Hi, can anyone tell me how to access the second slot in my e-system 1511. I was told it was under the keyboard. I can unclip the clips but there seems to be something else holiding it down. I ve looked at the back and can see no screw with kb next to it to indicate that, that is the screw for the keypad.
Appreciate any advice. I have upgraded the first memory. I ordered 2gb and this came in two of 1gb so I am assuming there is a second slot.

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I've just tried to upgrade my PC's memory from 8GB to 16GB and have hit a rather worrying problem in that the PC now refuses to boot. Initially, once I'd replaced the old memory modules with the new ones, I got three beeps on power-up, which I quickly established was the result of my not properly seating the modules. Once I'd made sure they were firmly inserted I tried again, and this time all I get is the computer powering up - so all the lights come on and the fans kick into life - but then it powers down again without even attempting to boot: I don't even get to the BIOS. After a few tries I decided that it might be an issue with one or more of the new modules, so I swapped them back to the original 8GB kit and I still get the same problem. My PC is essentially DOA. Whilst I was inserting/re-inserting modules I did try to avoid and issues with static discharge. I wonder if perhaps I've disturbed a connector somewhere, although I couldn't see any signs of this when I re-opened the case to check.

The new modules are a 16GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 dual-channel 4-module kit (4x4GB). They were replacing a 4 module 8GB DDR3 dual-channel kit (4x2GB), so in both cases all four slots were in use. Motherboard is an Intel DP55WG, which is listed by Corsair as being compatable (16GB is the max for this motherboard). I've been running this system for two years prior to my upgrade attempt this evening, and it's been rock solid with no issues.

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A:System refuses to boot after memory upgrade

Check the voltage on the motherboard boot menu. Happened to me once.

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AMD sent me a few new processors including a couple of 8150's, which I bought a new M5-A88-V EVO motherboard and 8 gig or ram. my old system was an Nvidia MB with a Core 2 quad. I'm able to come up with my existing OS from no issues in safemode (which I'm currently in), and the device manager shows no issues with any of my hardware. However, the system gives me a bluescreen saying that an error was detected and windows is shutting down to prevent damage. At first I thought that it was a 64bit chip, but this chip supports both 32 and 64 bit processing, and I verified it is running in 32 bit mode. But I simply cannot get it to boot normally. I understand that upgrading to Win 7 would be the best option, but personally, I would rather come up under my current OS with all my files intact, and then if needed run an upgrade to 7.

I've read the MB manual front to back, and out of options with buddy support. A little help would be great.


A:Hardward upgrade to AMD 8150, New MB and memory, system won't boot normally in XP PRO

You can't do an in-place upgrade from Windows XP 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. You have to do a custom install which will move all your data and files to a Windows.old folder. You'll then need to reinstall all your programs and restore your data.

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So, let me see. I upgraded my system to an MSI 990FXA-GD80 with GSkill Ripjaws X 16gb 1600 (in 2x8gb sticks that came packaged together so presuming they matched them.) F3-1600CD9-16GXM that GSkill says is compatible with the MSI board. Though the bios only sees it as 1333 when set to auto. No luck unsetting auto and setting the values to what is listed from GSkill, still BSOD errors almost daily and total system freezes that last several minutes that happen every few hours. So I can safely assume that isn't the issue or it's one symptom of a bigger issue. Already did a chkdsk boot up scan of the primary hdd and no errors where found. Did a boot up MemTest86+ test, in one pass no errors. Since I am getting one of two BSOD errors, Kernel InPage Data Error and a Stop 0x000000F4 error, I am pasting the requisite zip file and hope someone can point to what might be the problem. I already reinstalled Windows 7 twice, once after the upgrades and one a week later, already that was about a clean install, in both cases, as one can do, I formatted the partition Windows 7 is installed on before reinstalling Windows 7, didn't fix the problem. Oh! The dmp files in the archive are old, one is from the 17th the other from the 20th, even though according to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced Settings -> Startup & Recovery shows it is set to create a dump file and to not restart automatically. Help?

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A:BSOD after mobo / memory upgrade - system freezes - etc

Hello BelGarion mate the one thing you mentioned re the RAM only showing up as 1333MHz now if the new board is anything like my Asus Ivy Bridge one the EUFI BIOS has 1333MHz as a default speed for the RAM and it has to be clocked up if you want any speed out of the RAM - mine is fully clocked to 2400MHz.

Now have you got any new dump files at all??

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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.

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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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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.

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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 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 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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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.)

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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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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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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 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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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,
still honor their guarentee,
an easy-to-do-business-with company:

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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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This computer has a trigem imperial 1.02 mainboard with 256 mb of RAM.
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How would the memory I need be described?
best wishes

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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.
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I have little to none tech talk knowledge.

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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
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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?

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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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I was thinking of upgrading my memory on my PC. I would rather do it myself since it costs a fortune more to have it done in a shop. My only trouble is which kind of memory should i buy, at what speed, and to which size. Somebody told me that it has to do with the motherboard. Is there a quick way to find out what kind of motherboard i have and then how can i find out which kind of memory can i buy and install?
Thanks in advance

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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)


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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 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

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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 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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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?

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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,


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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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''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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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My system has started telling me that the system is low on memory. Why? I have virtual memory set to almost 4 gigs and I have a progtam called SmartRAM that came with Advanced Windows Care and it tells me that I have adequate memory.

A:Solved: Low on system memory Somebody Help Me Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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How does Dual Channel system memory work?

What would be the difference in the way a 400mhz memory stick recieves/sends data to a pentium prescott 3.6 800mhz, compared to a dual channel memory 400mhz stick recieving and sending data?

On PC3200 <-- , or 5400 <-- etc, what do those (PC####) numbers stand for?

A:Solved: System Memory?

This pdf file from Kingston should explain it all.
I believe for dual channel to be activated, you must install the ram in identical pairs.

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How can I tell how much memory my system can accept?
OS XP HOME. Mother board ECS P4VMM2 1.0

A:Solved: How much memory on this system

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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 was not sure where exactly to post this, sorry if this is the incorrect forum. I am looking at purchasing a laptop w/Win 7 HP 64 bit, my question is this: It comes with 4 gb ddr3 ram, would I notice enough improvement to justify purchasing an extra 4gb stick? I do not game, and Open Office is probably the largest program I run. Here is the link to the system I am looking at purchasing.

HP ProBook 4530s XU015UT Notebook PC - Intel Core i3-2310M 2.10GHz, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6 Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit at


A:[SOLVED] New system memory question

4GB is plenty for a general use system.

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I have put this here because I hope this more hardware than the game---
I installed COD AW (PC) 6 DVDs today-----
it runs till the end of the opening cut scene & then crashes---
right before this a System pop up comes up & says
close program to save all data--low on memory
has the game listed in the box---
I have 8 GBs of RAM & my video card has 2 GB of VRAM-----
I saw something on google about precache & games---
when I installed my 120GB SSD / HHD I followed all the tweak web-sites &
turned precache & super cache off (0) superfetch ???
should I turn off all my SSD tweaks &
see if the game runs okay------
my monitor is 1920 x 1080p-- games shows native setting
I tried rrunning the game in high something like 1445 x something--
it did the exact samething---
I looked on Activision support webpage
Knowledge Base / All / Call of Duty Advanced Warfare PC Out of Memory Error
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC Out of Memory Error

We are currently aware of an issue causing an Out of Memory error. You are probably low on hard disk space. (12) for some players playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC. We are diligently working hard to resolve this issue.

I have 61 GBs available on my SSD & like 200 GB available on my HHD.
I spent my money on this ASUS STRIX 960gtx
I can't afford to go buy one with 4+ GB of VRAM---I thought that was only for 4K resolution
anyway---- I don't have 4K anything---
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A:Solved: out of memory system crash

I was going to put in a screen shot of my options page for COD AW PC page--
but print screen only shows a very small part of it in paint--

but anyway----I have been playing around with settings for this game for last two days--
the main change I made was in texture is to change it to normal--
if I try to run it in my native resolution of 1920x1080p (full screen)--
& with textures set to high---it says my dedicated VRAM isn't enough
so I can leave textures on high & run at a smaller resolution--
or what I'm doing is running at 1920x1080p native HD
with textures set to normal--- VRAM changes from red to yellow in options
with either these settings---- not sure if they have RED/YELLOW/ GREEN or what
looks yellow is actually gold looking ????
I've never seen what the game looks like on full HD resolution & High or Ultra High textures---
only whats on videos on youtube---
so to me the game looks good on my settings---
I have a SSD windows 7 optimized---it kept coming up with low memory errors and
crashed several times as I kept changing settings--
doing some reading --unless U have a ton of regular ram--U need page file turned on
and either set to a larger setting or system select.
I went with system select
crazy that I have 8gb of regular ram 2gb of vram and it still needs page file
page file is cheaper than spending another 54$ for 2 more RAM sticks just to play this one game--
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I am wanting to upgrade my current system to a 3.0 G processor on a Asus P4C800-E Deluxe Motherboard.

Having never taken on such a task of this nature, I will admit I am not at all familiar with what is involved in completing such a task. Nor what is needed to complete this task, or what to expect.

I searched all through out the spec information for this MB via Asus, and couldn't find any information stating the minimum and recommend requirements for a power supply, I was hoping that someone here might be able to guide me with that decision

Also I have heard statements that there is no such thing as too many cooling fans My current PC has three in it, two on the power supply and one on the heat sink. I am sure that the current CPU's operate a lot hotter than my current system?

What is a good starting point for number of cooling fans with the CPU that I am wanting to use and how would one tell if their system is getting too hot during operation to the point that additional cooling fans is needed?

A:Solved: System Upgrade

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Okay so last night I decided that I would upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7..a process which took most of the day since Windows was moving files around. My desktop loaded and everything..and as soon as everything was loaded poof: Blue Screen of death saying System Memory Dump...something something it goes so fast I can't read it all. It did say if I have updated any drivers or installed any software to remove it. I would just go back to Windows Vista but the problem is first of all I don't have that CD and I really don't think that is what the problem is. I can run safe mode with networking fine (which is what I am doing now) safe mode, and safe mode with command prompt. I have tried windows update, it won't update the computer it says automatic updates are off (perhaps because I am in safe mode?) I tried repairing with the Windows disc it said it could not detect any problems. I ran memory diagnostics and chkdsk and have had no luck so far. I even tried updating all of my drivers one by one down the list but it says they are all up to now I am at a standstill oh and I get this message saved into a Windows Minidump folder everytime.

\ n t k r n l p a . e x e ! \ S y s t e m R o o t \ s y s t e m 3 2 \ h a l m a c p i . d l l  \ S y s t e m R o o t \ s y s t e m 3 2 \ k d c o m . d l l . \ S y s t e m R o o t \ s y s t e m 3 2 \ m c u p d a t e _ G e n u i n e I n t e l . d l l  \ S y s t e m R o o t \ s y s t e m 3 2 \ P S H E D . d l l \... Read more

A:Solved: System Memory Dump-Minidump?

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My system keeps getting slower. Sometimes when I try to run a program it won't run. System just seems to stall. CPU is shown as 100%. I ran Hijack this. Do I have too many programs running on startup?
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:47:42 AM, on 5/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton GoBack\GBPoll.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Update Service\IntuitUpdateService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Dantz\Retrospect\retrorun.exe
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A:Solved: system slow and not enough memory to run some programs

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I just installed a stick of 1GB DDR2 4200 533MHz in my ECS motherboard after removing 512MB of DDR 2100. The board has DDR2 533 printed nest to the DDR2 slots, so there is no question of compatibility. However, Windows XP System Information continues to show only 512MB of RAM as do third party system analysis tools such as Belarc Advisor and Fresh Diagnose.

I found one other thread on this problem which was solved by updating the BIOS. That may be a possible answer but my American Megatrends BIOS does not reflect installed memory and my new board is only a year old.

Can anyone suggest a solution?

A:Solved: System finds less than installed memory

The problem was a defective memory module. After much hassle I received a full refund, went to Crucial and purchased 2 gigs of DDR2 533MHz which the system read immediately.

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I've 256 MB of RAM but in system properties I can only see that 224 is available.Why is it happening?

A:Solved: Why does system properties show less memory?

It is being shared with the vido adapter - very normal

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I am trying to install a 'free' Mcafee software from their website, but I get the following message: Your system does not have sufficent memory to run this application.
Of course, i have enough memory on my pc! The Mcafee is a free add on to my O2 broadband account. I have contacted my broadband supplier and they suggested contacting Microsoft. Any help would be lovely.
I have XP.


A:Solved: Your system does not have sufficent memory to run this application

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Compaq Deskpro EP/SB
Running Windows XP Professional SP2
Pentium II, 256 MB SDRAM w/ 3 slots
400 MHZ

How can I tell if I can increase the memory on this machine? Currently have 3 slots running 256 MB SDRAM. Can I increases to 512MB or is it time for a new machine? System freezes when running more than 3 different programs. Each time I have to restart, I get an error that date and time is not correct and some message about system information is incorrect.

Any advice is helpful, thanks.

A:Solved: Need More Memory or New Machine? System freezes

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My system process under Taskmanager-processes-image name-system is taking up 61000k memory.
I recently reformatted my computer and before the reformat it only took up less than 200k memory.

I have windows xp up to date and i only have my video drivers/ directx and a few steam games installed, i have done a full virus scan and found nothing.

this is my gaming computer so i like to keep it as fast as possible. does anyone know what could be cause system to be using so much memory?

My specs are:
CPU INTEL|C2Q Q9300 2.5
DFI LANPARTY DK P35-T2RS motherboard
evga nvidia 9800 gtx 512mb video card
2 gigs ram
windows xp

any help would be greatly appreciated

A:Solved: System process taking up a lot of memory

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I know you're not supposed to mix memory modules, but I have an extra 256 mg module that's a different brand from the modules now in my system. My mb (ASUS) manual says "For dual channel configuration the total size of memory modules installed per channel must be the same for better performance" which I have now w/the 2 512 mg modules installed (Patriot). It also says "Always install modules w/the same CAS latency".

My questions:

1) Could installing the 256 mg module actually weaken performance of the "dual channel configuration"?

2) If it is a different CAS latency, could it harm the mb or other memory modules in any way?

I figure if it doesn't work, the system just won't boot and I'll remove the extra module. But if it does boot, I want to be sure no harm is done to the mb, the other modules, and that it won't actually degrade the dual channel performance of the other 2 modules.

Thanks much,

A:Solved: Can This Memory Module Harm my System?

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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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So as the title says i'm upgrading my computer as its aging fairly badly now (struggleing to run most new games on med-low settings) and i currently run windows XP, Now i'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this but i've been wanting to go to windows 7 ultimate for the ram upgrade but i'm unsure if the upgrade version will work on my XP home edition to update it to windows 7 ultimate as i can't find a reference to XP anywhere on the box i am looking at, I am assuming no and that i would need to buy the full version but i'm unsure so i thought i would ask here.

A:Solved: Question on a system upgrade.

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I'm using Window vista 32bit service pack 2

I recently upgraded my GPU to gtx460 and this card supports dx11.

But when i go to "Start -> dxdiag" to check my directx version. It says 10.

Should i upgrade my system directx from 10 to 11?

A:[SOLVED] Should i upgrade my system to directx11?

"Should i upgrade my system directx from 10 to 11?"

Not unless you install something (usually a game) which says it needs DX11.
If you don't get any such errors, leave your DX alone.

Just because an update is available (with anything, not just DX) doesn't mean you've got to install it. Always have a good reason for doing so, otherwise remember the old pearl of wisdom "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

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Hey there guys!

so.. i'm looking to upgrade my system... i bought my computer almost 4 years ago, at the time it was mainly intended for gameplay... however as time goes on my system is starting to choke a bit.. and i wanted get a memory upgrade.. unfortunately when i bought my system i didnt buy a DDR3 supported system, so now if i wanna get new RAM i must replace my CPU and MoBo...

so anyhow... here's my system now:
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 920 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 2
RAM: Kingston Hyperx 4095 Mb DDR2
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD6850
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M4A78-E
PSU: Corsair 600W
Case: Aerocool S9

so...i wanna get a new Mobo, a new CPU and certainly lots of RAM... i gotta say im not playing games so much anymore, and my main use of memory is photo editing with software such as Photoshop , Lightroom, etc...

so any recommendations? i would like to invest about 400-500$ in the new upgrade... should i also get a fast Hard-drive?


A:Solved: recommendations for a system upgrade??

Which OS are you using? To use more than 4GB of RAM, you will need to run a 64bit OS. And unless you know you are having RAM issues, upgrading isn't likely to help. You can monitor RAM usage using Task Manager. But unless you are getting "low memory" errors, more RAM isn't the solution.

An SSD will yield faster boot and program loading times.
Motherboard: Asus B85-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel B85 with UEFI @ $99.99 - ASUS B85-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W @ $199.99 - Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.2GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54570

RAM: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600MHz @ $64.99
CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1600C11 -

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I have 14 computers at work that I thought I'd be able to retire this
year, but for budget reasons, I cannot replace them just yet. These 5
& 6-year-old Dells have 400, 450 & 500mhz processors with 256mb ram.

If it costs about $60 to upgrade to 512mb ram, will it help the users
get through the year? Will it make a difference in performance? They
are mainly used for word processing, email, internet browsing,
powerpoint and MS Publisher. The complaint I hear from users is that it is extremely slow when multitasking.


A:Solved: should I upgrade ram on 400mhz system?

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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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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 400597 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Updated and Enabled

Disappointed, I find that the backup software on my Dell for creating a system image expects a hard-drive and will not work with the "64GB" Lexar Jumpdrive I just bought for that purpose. [ The capacity is sufficient even though the "64GB" designation really means 59.6GB, where a KB is 1024B. Very misleading by Lexar, because they use a mixed base number to describe the capacity: a power of 2 (64) and a power of 10 (10 to the 9th). 2 ^ 6 x 10 ^ 9 Bytes. The computer data is stated entirely as a power of 2 in the listings of files: a GB is 2 ^ 30 Bytes not 1 x 10 ^ 9 Bytes.] *

But all that is beside the point. My problem is how can I use the "64GB" Lexar Jumpdrive to store a system image that I could easily recover if my hard-drive were to fail? The factually 59.6 GB Lexar stick has enough capacity. My system is only about 47 GB large.

* The info in the square brackets is just additional information, optional at no extra cost.

A:Solved: Create system image on memory stick

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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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Ok, i have recently spent a load of money getting some new gear for my pc, pretty much the only thing i HAVEN'T upgraded is my HDD's and my DVDRom drive.- New motherboard, RAM, Processor, GFX Card. I have tried to start my new system and it won't work. It will load in safe mode but when i try to load normally it just stops, goes back to start up and tells me there was a problem during start up. In theory it should work fine as i pretty much built a new system and all i did was put my old HDD's in the new system. I have all the right connections and although some of them are a bit older they are compatible. Any thoughts?

A:Solved: System upgrade - Now windows won't start

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With my old video card I was playing Doom 3 just fine, but I wasn't able to play FEAR.

I upgraded my system, including updating my card to NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT and doom3 launched once, but after that every time i launch it it says 'doom3 has encountered a problem and needs to close'
not only that but I can't launch 'stalker: shadow of cherynobyl' either, it never gets past the splash screen.

What's going on and is it related to my video card or what? Why would doom launch once but not again?

A:Solved: System upgrade - Games not working?

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to me ram has always been pritty much ram but

i see it alot more lately out here then ever so i was woundering whats the deal with Unbuffered

System Memory and Registered System Memory which one is better also does registerd have any

compatibilltiy problems with alot of systems or is it pritty much just the same stuff?

A:Unbuffered System Memory vs Registered System Memory

TheBlob said:

to me ram has always been pritty much ram but

i see it alot more lately out here then ever so i was woundering whats the deal with Unbuffered

System Memory and Registered System Memory which one is better also does registerd have any

compatibilltiy problems with alot of systems or is it pritty much just the same stuff?Click to expand...

Hi TheBlob,

All of your questions can be answered here:

-- Tom

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Hi to whoever can help...
It started with my pc getting blue screens after I played videogames for a while and my virtual memory would fill up very quickly creating a 2 gig memory dump file each time it would happen. Then I noticed my pc was running extra slow with not just my videogames but other applications.
So I scanned using Avast and removed some viruses but it said it found a MEMORY VIRUS? so it had to reset and do a scan out of windows, which it did and it found and removed some viruses but since then my pc has still been really laggy.
So I did some searching about Memory viruses which lead me to the free trend micro scan which I only just completed and it did it's thing but. It found a freeloader spyware stormer if that sounds right? well I'm not sure if teh browser crashed but I don't think it worked too good so now I've restarted, my pc is still slow and so here I am in all my noob glory.
Well I've had help from people here before so I thought I might try again.

Here's my Hijack this log...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:38:22 AM, on 18/04/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16414)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:Solved: Slow system, Blue screens and memory virus?

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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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Upgraded my HP HDX16t laptop (came with Vista and Win7 upgrade coupon). I have a couple issues and here is one that puzzles me. Several icons in my system tray do not show their status by changing color or level, like the wifi icon doesn't show signal strength, battery icon doesn't show charge state. See screenshot attached. Anyone have a fix for this?

A:[SOLVED] albino system tray icons after upgrade to Win7

Hi -

Windows 7 did it plain & simple - all grey. All look fine to me except that your audio is muted.

To obtain a ststus of each - hover the mouse over the notification area icon, right-click or left-click on one for additional options.

Regards. . .



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Hi , just wondering , I have a 4GB laptop (dell inspiron n5010) with i3 350 processor and 500 GB HD ... lately I wanted to play the most recent GTA and what happened ? well the game booted but barely have i gone out of the first corner the whole background disappeared ... I went to my graphics settings and it says Generic PnP Monitor and Intel(R) HD Graphics
-Chip type Intel HD
-Dac type Internal
-Bios info : Intel Video BIOS
-Total Available graphics memory 1696 MB
-Dedicated Video Memory 64MB
-System Video memory 0MB
-shared system memory 1632MB

Is there any way to increase the Video memory on my laptop ?
I will add to it that in the Bios itself there are no options available for me to even lower it they are all kind of @[email protected]
I have been trying everything even updates from intel etc but not helping...

A:How to increase video memory in a shared memory system (Dell Inspiron n5010)

All you can do is max out your system memory, if it isn't maxed already. There might be an option in the laptops bios to increase the shared video memory

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Is there a way to swap these values? default windows 8 drivers has 256 shared system memory but 0 dedicated video memory but after installing sis mirage 3+ drivers dedicated video memory has gone up to 256mb and shared system memory has gone low to 64mb. Editing sis drivers maybe? but how?

A:Swap Shared System Memory and Dedicated Video Memory values possible?

Shared memory is changed in the bios. Find the button to go into the bios and go under advanced or graphics, then look for video memory.

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I'm using a Dell Inspiron 1750 bought in 2009 running Windows Vista. I upgraded to Windows 7 OS. I need to find a Fireward card that fits into the port on the side of my laptop so that I can hook a video camera and download movies. When I pop the plastic card out it's NOT 1 straight edge but it's offset - 1 part of the plastic cards goes deeper than the other side. Does anyone know what type of Firewire card I need to buy and will it be compatible with Vista/Windows 7?

A:[SOLVED] Connect a Firewire card to Vista system with upgrade to Windows 7

and welcome to the Forum

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I am helping my parents troubleshoot their computers.  My feeling is that they are both infected with the same virus/trojan but I can find it or figure out what is going on.  
The each have identical laptops and both are experience identical problems.  Both are running Avast! and both systems are not turning up any discovered viruses or trojans during scans.  I am on the verge of completely refronting both of their laptops and am really hoping I can avoid having to do that.  I suspected that maybe they were both infected with "poweliks" but the below FRST shows (at least I think so) that neither are infected with that trojan.  I am now thinking its a memory leak on some recent driver/app update - but either trojan or memory leak, I am not finding it.
After a clean reboot, within 24 to 48 hours both systems begin to get very sluggish, both audio and video starts to skip and lag, both mice bounce around like crazy when trying to move the pointer.  After about 72 hours the laptops simply freeze to the point that they have to pull the batteries to get them to shut off.  
I had my Dad run FRST on his computer, below are the results:
FRST Scan results: FRST.txt
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 09-05-2015
Ran by Preston (administrator) on PRESTON-HP on 13-05-2015 10:01:44
Running from C:\Users\Preston\Favorites\D... Read more

A:Memory leak or trojan causing extreme system slowness and high memory usage.

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Open notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below. 


HKLM-x32\...\Run: [] => [X]
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [DropboxExt1] -> {FB314ED9-A251-47B7-93E1-CDD82E34AF8B} => No File
ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [DropboxExt2] -> {FB314EDA-A251-47B7-93E1-CDD82E34AF8B} => No File
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ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers: [DropboxExt4] -> {FB314EDC-A251-47B7-93E1-CDD82E34AF8B} => No File
CHR HKU\S-1-5-21-3416613266-1144362595-631789162-1000\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google: Policy restriction <======= ATTENTION
HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
HKU\S-1-5-21-3416613266-1144362595-631789162-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
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