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Windows 7: Add another 4 gig ram to my HP PC?

18 Feb 2012   #1
i7 Lover

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Add another 4 gig ram to my HP PC?

I have a HP Pavilion dv6 3170
Specs: 500 Gbs hard disk
4 Gbs Ram
Intel Core i7
Windows 7 ultimate x64



I have 2 RAM slots, one has the 4 gig ram that came with the laptop, and the other is empty.

My question is: Can I buy a 4 gig ram and put it in? will the computer read it? or is it able to only use 4 gigs of ram max?

And if I can put in an extra ram, will that cancel my warranty?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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18 Feb 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
I have a HP Pavilion dv6 3170
Specs: 500 Gbs hard disk
4 Gbs Ram
Intel Core i7
Windows 7 ultimate x64



I have 2 RAM slots, one has the 4 gig ram that came with the laptop, and the other is empty.

My question is: Can I buy a 4 gig ram and put it in? will the computer read it? or is it able to only use 4 gigs of ram max?

And if I can put in an extra ram, will that cancel my warranty?
There are several issues with adding ram like this.

First it has to match exactly. Sometimes even ram by the same manufacturer and of the same model wont and can cause instability,

Second, HP isnt the most forgiving when it comes to warranty.

If I were you and it is under warranty dont do it unless you are handy with tools and completely comfortable with it

IMHO

For most people 4 gigs should be enough. Gamers, video editing, rendering, etc will need more.

More ram wont make your system any faster, it will just let you have more apps open at the same time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Feb 2012   #3
i7 Lover

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
I have a HP Pavilion dv6 3170
Specs: 500 Gbs hard disk
4 Gbs Ram
Intel Core i7
Windows 7 ultimate x64



I have 2 RAM slots, one has the 4 gig ram that came with the laptop, and the other is empty.

My question is: Can I buy a 4 gig ram and put it in? will the computer read it? or is it able to only use 4 gigs of ram max?

And if I can put in an extra ram, will that cancel my warranty?
There are several issues with adding ram like this.

First it has to match exactly. Sometimes even ram by the same manufacturer and of the same model wont and can cause instability,

Second, HP isnt the most forgiving when it comes to warranty.

If I were you and it is under warranty dont do it unless you are handy with tools and completely comfortable with it

IMHO

For most people 4 gigs should be enough. Gamers, video editing, rendering, etc will need more.

More ram wont make your system any faster, it will just let you have more apps open at the same time.
All I do is gaming and video editing (adobe after effects) so I sorta do need it.
I found this website, you choose your model and it tells you exactly the max ram you can have and which exact model to buy, its really cool. For my laptop, the max is 8 gigs.

Its crucial.com for future reference.
Thanks for your help (:
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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18 Feb 2012   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
I have a HP Pavilion dv6 3170
Specs: 500 Gbs hard disk
4 Gbs Ram
Intel Core i7
Windows 7 ultimate x64



I have 2 RAM slots, one has the 4 gig ram that came with the laptop, and the other is empty.

My question is: Can I buy a 4 gig ram and put it in? will the computer read it? or is it able to only use 4 gigs of ram max?

And if I can put in an extra ram, will that cancel my warranty?
There are several issues with adding ram like this.

First it has to match exactly. Sometimes even ram by the same manufacturer and of the same model wont and can cause instability,

Second, HP isnt the most forgiving when it comes to warranty.

If I were you and it is under warranty dont do it unless you are handy with tools and completely comfortable with it

IMHO

For most people 4 gigs should be enough. Gamers, video editing, rendering, etc will need more.

More ram wont make your system any faster, it will just let you have more apps open at the same time.
All I do is gaming and video editing (adobe after effects) so I sorta do need it.
I found this website, you choose your model and it tells you exactly the max ram you can have and which exact model to buy, its really cool. For my laptop, the max is 8 gigs.

Its crucial.com for future reference.
Thanks for your help (:
Be careful, consider this my second warning.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Feb 2012   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
All I do is gaming and video editing (adobe after effects) so I sorta do need it.
I found this website, you choose your model and it tells you exactly the max ram you can have and which exact model to buy, its really cool. For my laptop, the max is 8 gigs.

Its crucial.com for future reference.
Thanks for your help (:
I don't do video editing, but I see that the latest version of After Effects is 64 bit only.

If you are running a 64 bit version, going to 8GB may well be helpful to you.

The upgrade would be likeliest to work if both SODIMMs were identical. That'd be worth the extra $23 (at Crucial) to me.

I don't know how easy it is to get to the RAM in your laptop. I've seen some where one of the two sockets is accessed by removing the keyboard. That doesn't require superhuman abilities, but it makes it a lot likelier to damage the machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Feb 2012   #6
jlhawn

windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by i7 Lover View Post
I have a HP Pavilion dv6 3170
Specs: 500 Gbs hard disk
4 Gbs Ram
Intel Core i7
Windows 7 ultimate x64



I have 2 RAM slots, one has the 4 gig ram that came with the laptop, and the other is empty.

My question is: Can I buy a 4 gig ram and put it in? will the computer read it? or is it able to only use 4 gigs of ram max?

And if I can put in an extra ram, will that cancel my warranty?
There are several issues with adding ram like this.

First it has to match exactly. Sometimes even ram by the same manufacturer and of the same model wont and can cause instability,

Second, HP isnt the most forgiving when it comes to warranty.

If I were you and it is under warranty dont do it unless you are handy with tools and completely comfortable with it

IMHO

For most people 4 gigs should be enough. Gamers, video editing, rendering, etc will need more.

More ram wont make your system any faster, it will just let you have more apps open at the same time.
All I do is gaming and video editing (adobe after effects) so I sorta do need it.
I found this website, you choose your model and it tells you exactly the max ram you can have and which exact model to buy, its really cool. For my laptop, the max is 8 gigs.

Its crucial.com for future reference.
Thanks for your help (:
using the crucial memory finder was a smart move on your part,
i have used it many times for builds for my friends and it works fine
so i dont see a problem with adding more ram and i wouldn't worry
about a warranty issue with HP
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