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Windows 7: RAM upgrade on DELL laptop

10 Dec 2011   #11
Anak

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In order to raise the amount of ram to 4GB you would have to take, and replace the 1x1 with a 1x2 that would match the 1x2 that you currently have installed.
One question though is it necessary that 2 slots should match in configuration say like 1x2 and 1x2 should be 2 GB each for total of 4 GB or i can have say 1x4GB (replaced) and 1x2GB (original) for grand total of 6 GB memory.

Thanks for the reply guys.Love this forum to bits
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One question though is it necessary that 2 slots should match in configuration say like 1x2 and 1x2 should be 2 GB each for total of 4 GB or i can have say 1x4GB (replaced) and 1x2GB (original) for grand total of 6 GB memory.
Well, you currently have a 1 gig stick and a 2 gig stick.

So it appears they don't have to match in size.

How much RAM you can use is unknown since it's only you that knows what Dell model you have.

Or you could go to Crucial.com.
Also something to consider....

It is usually best if you try to match the manufacturer of the ram.


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10 Dec 2011   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would first check how much RAM this one application really uses. When it is running, open Resource Monitor > Memory tab. The colored band will tell you the story.
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10 Dec 2011   #13
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

@ Anak one of my memory slots is made my Samsung so i might buy from the same manufacturer whatever combination i decide upon.

@ vhs i already checked and this particular application takes more than 1 GB of RAM & only 500-600 MB is left free depending upon how many applications are open at that time.

So in my opinion upgrading even by 1 or 2 GB will make my system smoother and better responsive.Also i need additional memory for Virtualization.
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10 Dec 2011   #14
Anak

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@ Anak one of my memory slots is made my Samsung so i might buy from the same manufacturer whatever combination i decide upon.

@ vhs i already checked and this particular application takes more than 1 GB of RAM & only 500-600 MB is left free depending upon how many applications are open at that time.

So in my opinion upgrading even by 1 or 2 GB will make my system smoother and better responsive.Also i need additional memory for Virtualization.
Do you mean to say memory sticks, instead of slots?
There is a difference.

There is an old saying:
"Buy as much ram as your machine can hold, and you can afford."

So, if your machine is designed to run 16GB, and you can afford it, go for it.
You will never be sorry.
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11 Dec 2011   #15
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Do you mean to say memory sticks, instead of slots?
There is a difference.

There is an old saying:
"Buy as much ram as your machine can hold, and you can afford."

So, if your machine is designed to run 16GB, and you can afford it, go for it.
You will never be sorry.
Oops sorry i meant memory sticks manufacturer was listed as Samsung.
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13 Dec 2011   #16
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Update guys:

Purchased Kingston 4 GB RAM stick for 1300 rupees (approx 25 $) and laptop is working like a charm.
Compare this to DELL who were charging 3000 rupees (aprrox 60 $) for 2 GB RAM stick
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13 Dec 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Sounds like you got a good deal there.

Dell are like other major computer manufacturers in that their profit margins on computer sales are very small, so they try and claw some back by bumping up the price of spares.
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13 Dec 2011   #18
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
In order to raise the amount of ram to 4GB you would have to take, and replace the 1x1 with a 1x2 that would match the 1x2 that you currently have installed.
One question though is it necessary that 2 slots should match in configuration say like 1x2 and 1x2 should be 2 GB each for total of 4 GB or i can have say 1x4GB (replaced) and 1x2GB (original) for grand total of 6 GB memory.

Thanks for the reply guys.Love this forum to bits
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
One question though is it necessary that 2 slots should match in configuration say like 1x2 and 1x2 should be 2 GB each for total of 4 GB or i can have say 1x4GB (replaced) and 1x2GB (original) for grand total of 6 GB memory.
Well, you currently have a 1 gig stick and a 2 gig stick.

So it appears they don't have to match in size.

How much RAM you can use is unknown since it's only you that knows what Dell model you have.

Or you could go to Crucial.com.
Also something to consider....

It is usually best if you try to match the manufacturer of the ram.
Hi

NOT TRUE. Max size can be either 8GB or 4GB depending on nr of slots for memory and whether it's DDR2 or DDR3 laptop memory type.

(NOT interchangeable - Pin arrangement is different between the DDR2 and DDR3 modules. Don't worry about the speed of the memory as they will ALL work regardless).

Just "toss" the old 1 / 2GB modules and get 2 * 4 GB = 8 GB if the laptop has 2 X DDR3 slots. Price is CHEAP.

What you need to do is open the laptop up -- very easy usually - and see if it has the following

1) ONE or TWO slots for memory modules.

2) Check whether these are DDR2 or DDR3. Newer laptops will have DDR3 -- max size is currently 4GB per module so you can install 8GB . I haven't yet seen a laptop where this hasn't worked whatever it says in the Manufacturers spec.

I've even got 4GB installed in an ASUS ASPIRE-ONE netbook --works fine. Manufacturers spec says max RAM is 2GB - well it's running W7 x-64 with 4GB very nicely thankyou !!!. Modern Bioses always support more RAM than you probably can physically install anyway !!.

I've also got 8GB installed in a Sony Vaio i5 cpu laptop --that works absolutely great.

If the laptop only has DDR2 memory slots then you will only be able to get 4GB (Max) if has 2 slots or 2 GB if only one slot is available since 4GB DDR2 laptop memory modules seem to be non existent.

For a laptop almost ANY generic memory modules (of the right type of course DDR2 or DDR3 ) will work and are CHEAP currently.

Cheers
jimbo
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13 Dec 2011   #19
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
Update guys:

Purchased Kingston 4 GB RAM stick for 1300 rupees (approx 25 $) and laptop is working like a charm.
Compare this to DELL who were charging 3000 rupees (aprrox 60 $) for 2 GB RAM stick
That is great dreamer! Thank you for the update!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
For a laptop almost ANY generic memory modules (of the right type of course DDR2 or DDR3 ) will work and are CHEAP currently.

Cheers
jimbo
Thank you for the clarification jimbo!
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13 Dec 2011   #20
dreamer

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

To add to what jimbo said,DDR3 RAM's are really cheap right now.Mine supports 8 GB in single slot and i have 2 slots means i can add upto 16 GB.

And i may add having 6 GB really speeds up things.

Thanks for everything guys.
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