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Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« on: November 20, 2012, 19:33:27 PM »
My other thread about my new laptop tells how it failed after a week :( BUT iv fixed it :) with help from Google and having a go myself iv found one of the sticks of RAM has failed as it now runs off one stick with the bad one removed.
My question is it has at the moment 2 X hynix 1GB 2Rx16 PC2-5300S-555-12 so 2GB of RAM now if I'm going to have to buy new RAM what is the best I can put in this laptop?

It's an Acer aspire  5610 series model number BL50 note it has already been upgraded from 1GB to 2GB but can I go further or do I need to stick to the above?

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Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2012, 20:06:55 PM »
Use Crucial's memory discovery tool
http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx
Will tell you the memory type and possible combinations


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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 20:23:30 PM »
Looking at that it's 4GB, 2GB per slot but running a 32bit OS means it will only use 3 to 3.5GB

That's almost sounded like I knew what I was on about ::)

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 20:50:03 PM »
Even 3GB should give you a worthwhile improvement over 2GB. I've not looked at memory prices for a very long time. How much are you looking at for 4GB?

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 20:52:53 PM »
Iv seen 2 x 2GB cards for ?35 new on ebay, there's some really cheap used cards that are supposedly tested and working but iv not shopped around yet.

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 21:33:01 PM »
Iv seen 2 x 2GB cards for ?35 new on ebay, there's some really cheap used cards that are supposedly tested and working but iv not shopped around yet.

Ooh yes go with the new ones. I've bought used RAM twice off eBay - never again. ?35 is steep-ish but not silly.

From the other thread, it looks as though you'd need 2 x 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 667mhz modules as the top-end fastest RAM you could stuff in it. Have a look around the bay for any branded bargains on some of that. :)

That crucial memory tool Teejay posted is great and I use it all the time. You can use that to find just the RAM you need, then go off and buy it from someone else!  ;D
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2012, 21:37:36 PM »
Found some on a site called offtek for ?38 new and delivered it also sells them as a compatible upgrade for my make and model laptop so I know it's the right part.

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2012, 21:38:17 PM »
And to say I was ready to buy a new screen the RAM upgrade works out cheaper.

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2012, 18:28:11 PM »
Its arrived :) I'm now running a staggering 4GB RAM!!!!! I think I can now become a computer hacker or something cool like that, Its that fast its on the next page before i'v read the last one which is annoying. I think it also now might be able to time travel but i'v not found the right button yet ;D

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2012, 20:03:39 PM »
That's nice work - it can be daunting changing a static-sensitive comopnent like the RAM first time!

GJDM.  ;)
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2012, 20:09:46 PM »
I won't mention the i7 I run at work then................... ;)
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2012, 20:10:15 PM »
That's nice work - it can be daunting changing a static-sensitive comopnent like the RAM first time!

GJDM.  ;)

Uuurm! Should I of taken any special precautions? I just popped them in :(

It works though :)

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2012, 20:12:32 PM »
Nah, only anal b*stards use anti static straps. ;)

If you're worried, hang on to a radiator pipe when installing them. ;D
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2012, 20:16:12 PM »
Maybe I shouldn't of changed it while rubbing a balloon on my head :(

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2012, 20:18:43 PM »
Tough guys do it while rubbing thier feet on the carpet. 8)
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2012, 20:23:11 PM »
Challenge accepted 8)

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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2012, 20:26:05 PM »
Tough guys do it while rubbing thier feet on the carpet. 8)

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Yeah touch a radiator pipe beforehand to discharge yourself and you'll be fine. Also try not to handle anything but the edges (this goes for motherboards/pci cards too.)

Having said that, I've had four technicians now and only one has taken even vague precautions handling components, and nobody's ever blown a module once.
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2012, 20:27:20 PM »
I couldn't figure out how I blew a server up the other day.

Some may say it was the electrodes on my testicles or the wet finger in a 240v socket. I blame HP myself for a dodgy server.
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Re: Upgrading RAM in a laptop
« Reply #18 on: November 23, 2012, 20:38:19 PM »
I automatically only touched the edges due to handling electronics boards at work but there not really IT based, we do have some drives with eproms that are in anti static bags but we still handle them.


 

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