laptop memory upgrade

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by monmusion, May 21, 2003.

  1. monmusion

    monmusion OSNN Addict

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    Do you guys think its worth upgrading the memory on a laptop running windows xp home from 256 to 512? I have integrated graphics which eat up memory, and a 2.0gig celeron processor. The computer is running fine, but for 40 bucks i can get another 256 chip. Is it worth it?
     
  2. Elroy Jetson

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    Yes, definitely, no question about it. I have a p4 2.0 gig with 512mb ram, and it runs nice and smooth, even with larger graphics in corel draw.
     
  3. monmusion

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    Another quick question. I can get the ram from dell for 44 bucks, and I already have dell ram in there, but I can also get it from crucial and support the board for 41 bucks. Do you guys think I would have any trouble mixing the 2 types of ram?
     
  4. sboulema

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    i dont think there will be any problems, but its always better to stick to 1 brand of ram, cause there is a possibilty of incompatiblity, but i never experienced it.
     
  5. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    And if it did bug a little most times just switching the sticks around can fix it most times .... I prefere all one type but have on many set'ups mixed and matched not only name brands but even on the odd setup different speeds , so dont worry to much about the name brand just make sure you order for your specific rig ;)
     
  6. Un4gIvEn1

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    It's only $3. Go with Dell because it is guaranteed compatable AND it does not mess with your warranty.
     
  7. Taurus

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    the extra memory will help a LOT... because laptop harddrives are the slowest around so the less your laptop has to use the virtual memory, the better.
     
  8. monmusion

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    Hey guys, i was checking out my specs and I realized that i have 2 128 meg chips, and only one is accessible. So I would only be going from 256 total, to 384, and I would have an extra chip not being used. Sorry that i didnt realize this earlier. You still think its worth it?
     
  9. Taurus

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    friend has the same deal. you have a sony, by chance?

    if you can sell your leftover 128mb, then it might be worth it. dunno, it's really up to you. if you got 40 bucks to spend, got for it, i guess.
     
  10. monmusion

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    No, its a dell. I wasnt thinking when i bought it, and my options were 256 in one chip which was an extra 50 bucks so I decided to get 2 128 chips and save myself 50 bucks. I guess Ill just wait until prices drop. The performance isnt bad, I just thought for 40 bucks i couldnt go wrong. but oh well.