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Windows 7: Any chance I can upgrade my RAM?

17 Jul 2012   #1
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 
Any chance I can upgrade my RAM?

Currently I have the following configurations:

Windows 7 Professional SP1

Current RAM: 2GB, DDR2, 533MHz 2 Dimm for Inspiron 6400/E1505

Processor: Inspiron E1505,Intel Pentium dual-core processor T2080 (1MB/1.73GHz/533MHz)

Dell keeps telling me that the maximum RAM supported on my system is
Maximum Memory: 2048
Number Of Slots: 2

But I have researched online and found out that Inspiron E1505 can indeed use more RAM.

Any chance I can upgrade RAM with my current configurations?


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17 Jul 2012   #2
solarmystic

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

What does this Crucial memory advisor on the site say when you visit it?

http://www.crucial.com/

If it says it can support more than 2 GB and recommends the modules for it, you're good to go.
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17 Jul 2012   #3
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

According to Crucial, my system only supports maximum 2GB (

Spent a lot of money on this machine years ago. The next time I buy a machine, the first thing I will check is maximum RAM supported.
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17 Jul 2012   #4
solarmystic

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Well I'm sorry to hear that, but their memory advisor is usually spot on when it comes to memory supported.
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17 Jul 2012   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pragnesh89 View Post
Spent a lot of money on this machine years ago.
Years ago would be the key phrase. The computer industry moves so fast, that was the norm a few years ago doesn't apply now. I bought three of those laptops when I started my current job 6 years ago. At that time, 2 GB was more than enough for almost everyone. I still use the three as presentation systems to run PowerPoint slideshows.

You can't realistically expect a 6 year old computer to be able to keep up with current hardware trends. I don't use laptops other than ones given to my by my company, but for my wife, we put the life of her laptops at 3 years max. When it gets to be that old, we sell it and upgrade. That's the tradeoff with a coputer. Do you want to be portable, or do you want to be able to continually upgrade it as needed.
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17 Jul 2012   #6
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

I understand what you're saying but when I bought this machine, I had Vista installed in it. 4 GB maximum capacity would have been a no brainer but I guess that was a way for Dell to milk the money.

2 GB would be more than sufficient if I was using XP but I see a noticeable difference in my current system with 2 GB. Thankfully, Windows 7 does a better job than Vista.

P.S. Spent close to 1500 without tax on this machine thanks to unnecessary warranty and gimmicks that I never used.
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17 Jul 2012   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You are talking about a very long time frame, though. When I bought these systems 6 years ago, they were close to being at the end of their production line. Yes, they were expensive, but that's only been the last couple of years that laptop prices have fallen dramatically. Getting 6 good years out of a laptop is a positive. Not everyone can say that. That would be like driving a car for 20+ years without any major issues. I'm not sure why you think you were ripped off or made a mistake...because you weren't, and you didn't. That was around the time Vista was released, and many systems were selling with 512 MB of memory, crippling Vista. 2 GB is more than plenty to run a Vista install, especially a later one with SP updates. You did good for the time, but most people would have upgraded to a newer laptop by now. That laptop gave you 6 good years.
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18 Jul 2012   #8
pragnesh89

Windows 7 Professional 32 Bit
 
 

Yeah I guess you're right. I still can stretch this laptop for a year more and then its adios. It's served me well though over the years. I guess I'm just trying to find the reasons to complain. Buying some of those gimmicks that came with the laptop was a waste though. What was I thinking when I bought that LoJack theft protection crap that I never used or really got it to work. :facepalm:
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18 Jul 2012   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pragnesh89 View Post
Yeah I guess you're right. I still can stretch this laptop for a year more and then its adios. It's served me well though over the years. I guess I'm just trying to find the reasons to complain. Buying some of those gimmicks that came with the laptop was a waste though. What was I thinking when I bought that LoJack theft protection crap that I never used or really got it to work. :facepalm:
DeaconFrost is correct in what he says. Six years with a computer is a lifetime. I bought a PC in 2008 and it had just one GB of ram and had a Pentium 4. Both of those are obsolete now, but that doesn't mean I got ripped off. == As far as a warranty, I never buy one for a PC. I feel it is a much better deal to pay for the computer and take your chances. I have never had anything break that a warranty would have covered anyway.
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