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installing addtional RAM

 
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avextraxjp



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:53 am    Post subject: installing addtional RAM Reply with quote

Hello,
I'm considering installing addtional RAM on my laptop.
My laptop specifications says: "Up to 2 GB of DDR2 533 MHz memory, upgradeable to 2 GB using two soDIMM modules (dual-channel support)". The laptop comes with 1 X 1GB RAM.
Most stores I visited only stock 2GB DDR2 RAM. Would the 2GB RAM be recognised and utilised by my system if installed together with the existing 1GB RAM?
I'm running Vista Basic 32 bit.
Thanks very much.
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JonS



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No
maximum will be 2 x 1GB modules
plenty of places online you can get it
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avextraxjp



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been to the store a while ago - the 2GB RAM installed fine and the system recognised the 3GB RAM.

Any idea if the additional 1GB will be utilised?
Task Manager shows up to 1.3GB is being used with Firefox and a few other programs running.
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

two points
1) you've not mentioned the make / model of the machine so I've no way of knowing if it will be recognised
2) you said the manual states a max of 2GB You've got 3GB in so you've exceeded what the manufacturers say will work. What will happen is anyones guess. They may just be being pessimistic. They may have a valid reason for saying what they did: don't be surprised if the machine starts crashing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should note that 32-bit versions of Windows will not recognise anything above 3Gb as this is all that can be addressed with 32-bit. If you have a 64-bit processor, you could upgrade the OS to a 64-bit one to fully utilise the memory.
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