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Dave Morei Aug 12, 2007, 11:22pm EDT Report Abuse
Hi everybody,

I have a Pentium III processor laptop with only 256 MB of RAM. I would like to increase the RAM, but i dont know what kind of RAM i should look for and up to how much RAM can my motherboard handle.

Please advise me.

Thanks


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CrAsHnBuRnXp Aug 13, 2007, 12:56am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Telling us what brand laptop and the model number would help.

adam Aug 13, 2007, 02:22am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
first off do your home work and look up info on the laptop/motherboard.

Almost all laptops will use 2 gig max for the last 10 years. If its a P3 then its most likely going to be PC 2700 or PC 3200 memory. But like i said research it. Thats what google is for.

AMD 6000+ @ 3.3 Ghz
Corsair XMS 2 - 2 gig DDR 2 800 @ 880 4 4 4 12 2.1 volts
8800 GTX KO @ 630/1575/2106
vista home premium x64
Enermax 650 watt 39 amp 12+ rails PSU
320 gig sata 2 300 mb 16 meg cache
2 gig 200x flash in readyboost
Dave Morei Aug 13, 2007, 07:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Thanks for your reply.

Processor:
700 megahertz Intel Pentium III
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Main Circuit Board
Board: NEC
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: NEC NOTE BIOS Version /175A3500 02/18/2002


And I would appreciate if you could tell me if i need to update the BIOS and how.

Thanks

Dave Morei Aug 14, 2007, 04:23pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Wasn't that info enough?

Chris McNally Aug 14, 2007, 05:07pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Log on to crucial.com here:

http://www.crucial.com/

and use the system scanner or memory advisor tool.

Regards,

Chris McNally

Moderator - Hardware Analysis
E-mail: chris@hardwareanalysis.com
Dave Morei Aug 14, 2007, 07:17pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
thanks

This is all i could gather after the scan:

* Maximum Memory Capacity: 262144 MB
* Currently Installed Memory: 128.5 MB
* Available Memory Slots: -1
* Number of Banks: 2
* Dual Channel Support: N.A.
* CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
* CPU Family: Intel Pentium III processor Model 8, Stepping 6
* CPU Speed: 699 MHz

System Manufacturer: NEC
System Model: PC-LC700J64DH
Motherboard Manufacturer: NEC
Motherboard Model: N.A

I can see the maximum capacity but still cant figure out what kind of memory i should look at, should it be SDRAM, DDRAM or ...

And what does (-1) here mean " Available Memory Slots: -1 "

Thanks again

Adam Kolak Aug 14, 2007, 07:30pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Even 512MB or 1GB would give you a very nice performance boost over 256MB especially in Windows XP. I would recommend maxing out your laptop to whatever it's max is even if its only 512MB.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
adam@hardwareanalysis.com
DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile
adam Aug 14, 2007, 08:14pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Its going to be sdram ddr pc 2700 or 3200. I would get 2x 512 combo ram that will run PC 2700 or PC 3200. Make shore its duel sided double data rate not single sided. No point in putting more then 1 gig in it the CPU is a ancient.


AMD 6000+ @ 3.3 Ghz
Corsair XMS 2 - 2 gig DDR 2 800 @ 880 4 4 4 12 2.1 volts
8800 GTX KO @ 630/1575/2106
vista home premium x64
Enermax 650 watt 39 amp 12+ rails PSU
320 gig sata 2 300 mb 16 meg cache
2 gig 200x flash in readyboost
Dave Morei Aug 14, 2007, 09:41pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
- Is " 1GB DDR PC2700 Sdram Sodimm Laptop Memory " what I can use on my laptop?

- checked eBay and i didn't see any of them clarifying if it is Dual or Single.

- Some of them talk about number of PINs, what is that?

thanks

adam Aug 14, 2007, 11:11pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
like this one here.

Centon 512MB PC3200 200pin DDR SODIMM Memory Module

Memory Speed: PC-3200 (400MHz)
Memory Type: DDR-SDRAM
Memory Socket: SODIMM
Memory Size: 512 MB
Memory Architecture: Memory Module
Number of Modules: 1
Memory Bandwidth: 400 MHz
Limited Warranty: Lifetime

$59.99

keep in mind I'm guessing that your laptop is with in the P3 faze so last 6 years. try to pop out the old memory chip see if it has any righting on the side of it.

http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=BROWSE&am...ode=319239

AMD 6000+ @ 3.3 Ghz
Corsair XMS 2 - 2 gig DDR 2 800 @ 880 4 4 4 12 2.1 volts
8800 GTX KO @ 630/1575/2106
vista home premium x64
Enermax 650 watt 39 amp 12+ rails PSU
320 gig sata 2 300 mb 16 meg cache
2 gig 200x flash in readyboost
Adam Kolak Aug 14, 2007, 11:14pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Dave Morei said:

- Some of them talk about number of PINs, what is that?
thanks

All SO-DIMM DDR SD-RAM uses the same number of pins. DDR2 modules have more pins. Your laptop uses DDR though. Any standard PC2700/PC3200 SO-DIMM DDR SD-RAM module should work as long as its under the max capacity of your laptop's motherboard's slots.

Oh btw, what Adam linked in the message above should work fine. You might be able to find something better or cheaper on Newegg. G.Skill, Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, OCZ.

I'd probally buy 2 of these (assuming your laptop has 2 ram slots and both have a max of 512MB in each slot):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231045

EDIT: Your laptop might not use DDR, but just SDRAM if its old enough.

Adam Kolak
Moderator, Hardware Analysis
adam@hardwareanalysis.com
DFI LP P35-T2RS | Xeon Quad @ 3.2Ghz | 4GB DDR2-1000 | 8800GT 512MB | See Profile
Dave Morei Aug 15, 2007, 08:06am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Laptop RAM
Thanks a lot. That's all I wanted to know.

Thanks again.



 

    
 
 

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