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What type of RAM?

Postby rawkus » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:58 pm

Hi!

New to this forum as of approx 5 mins ago :)

My Amilo 1451g lost half of its 1gb RAM the other day.

Now Im stuck with 512...


The plan is to buy 2gb RAM. Im not really "good" with computers/laptops, so please help me out :)

From what Ive read, the way to go seems to buy 2 x 1gb?

Could someone help me out to get the correct specifications necessary?

I ran into a site called "Crucial" which had a step-by-step to find out the maximum memory and (hopefully) the correct type of RAM.

I checked on "Kingston" as well, but my model was discontinued...


Im planning on buying a spanking new laptop, but until then I would like to upgrade this one :)

If its of any help, I use XP, 32-bit.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: What type of RAM?

Postby hikaru » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:47 pm

rawkus wrote:My Amilo 1451g lost half of its 1gb RAM the other day.

Now Im stuck with 512...
What does it mean, it "lost" half of its RAM? Can you please remove one module to check if an entire module has failed or if both are partially defective?
Before you do so, remove power pack and main battery and make sure to not be electrostatically charged. Also avoid to touch any electric conductors.

rawkus wrote:Could someone help me out to get the correct specifications necessary?
2GB (2x1GB) is correct.
You need RAM with the following specification: SO-DIMM DDR2 PC2-3200 or PC2-4200. PC2-5300 should work too, it is easier to obtain and cheaper, but I don't know for sure if it will work.
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Re: What type of RAM?

Postby rawkus » Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:08 am

@hikaru: Sorry, I meant that it died. Took it to work and the techs tried it as well, but dead...

Thanks for the specifications! Ill stick to the ones that will work for sure, rather than take the risk :)

Would you recommend Kingston?

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Re: What type of RAM?

Postby hikaru » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:42 am

rawkus wrote:Would you recommend Kingston?
Yes. I had and still have some of those modules and never had problems with them.
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Re: What type of RAM?

Postby rawkus » Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:32 pm

@hikaru: Thanks heaps.

Just two more questions(hopefully, hehe):

1: How can I find out IF my system actually will work with PC2-5300 or not? I found way more of those than the 4200...

2: I found these Kingston RAM`s(just putting the description):

"1gb Bus 533 Sodimm Ddr2 Kingston Pc2-4200" My question is about "Bus 533". What does that mean? Is there some sort of a limit?

Sorry if these questions are very basic - please understand that I really appreciate all the help :)
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Re: What type of RAM?

Postby hikaru » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:06 am

rawkus wrote:1: How can I find out IF my system actually will work with PC2-5300 or not? I found way more of those than the 4200...
The idea is that faster RAM will just not run with its full speed, so there should be no problem going for faster modules. However, there is always a little risk that certain modules will not work in a certain notebook. This risk increases with growing differences in the specifications. The only way to find it out for sure is to test it on your own.

rawkus wrote:2: I found these Kingston RAM`s(just putting the description):

"1gb Bus 533 Sodimm Ddr2 Kingston Pc2-4200" My question is about "Bus 533". What does that mean? Is there some sort of a limit?
The 533 is the quad pumped memory speed in MHz. It's an unofficial, though widely used way to categorize modules. 400MHz stands for PC2-3200, 533MHz stands for PC2-4200, 667MHz stands for PC2-5300 and so on.
But only providing the MHz might be confusing, since one could mix up different RAM types of the same speed (e.g. PC-3200 and PC2-3200 both have 400MHz).
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Re: What type of RAM?

Postby rawkus » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:29 am

@hikaru: Thanks heaps! :)

I just ordered two 1gb Kingston(pc-4200) RAMs, will get them in 2-3 days :)

Thanks again for all the informative answers :)
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