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Windows 7: Question about RAMs

11 Dec 2013   #1
Girom

Windows 8
 
 
Question about RAMs

If I wanted to save money I could get RAMs from my older computers, taking out 2GB from one laptop and another 2GB from another laptop, to put into my current HP laptop for a total of 8GB RAM. Would this work? I see if you try to buy a new 4GB RAM it can cost about $25 like this one: 2 4 GB Total Samsung PC3 8500 2 GB So DIMM 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM Memory | eBay


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11 Dec 2013   #2
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

It's not recommended to use different brands RAM in the same machine. If all is the same type, speed and size it may work. I've mixed RAM in the past, sometimes it works and other times it's a problem causing bsod's. You can try it but don't be surprised if it doesn't work.

Ideally you want all the RAM to be the same batch as a matched set.
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11 Dec 2013   #3
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi there .. Also your Laptop i think only has only two Ram slots
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12 Dec 2013   #4
Girom

Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
It's not recommended to use different brands RAM in the same machine. If all is the same type, speed and size it may work. I've mixed RAM in the past, sometimes it works and other times it's a problem causing bsod's. You can try it but don't be surprised if it doesn't work.

Ideally you want all the RAM to be the same batch as a matched set.
How do I find out which brand of RAM is being used?
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12 Dec 2013   #5
Girom

Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Hi there .. Also your Laptop i think only has only two Ram slots
Does that mean that I could only buy 4gb batch for the other slot?
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12 Dec 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Never mix RAM sticks. And the sticks from your old laptop will be slowpokes anyhow. Who wants those. And on normal laptops (not netbooks) you always need pairs.

It is easy to find out what you need. Just scan your PC from here: Use the Crucial System Scanner software to find out what type of memory is in your computer
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12 Dec 2013   #7
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Girom View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
It's not recommended to use different brands RAM in the same machine. If all is the same type, speed and size it may work. I've mixed RAM in the past, sometimes it works and other times it's a problem causing bsod's. You can try it but don't be surprised if it doesn't work.

Ideally you want all the RAM to be the same batch as a matched set.
How do I find out which brand of RAM is being used?
My g7 had one stick of Hyundai ram.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Girom View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Hi there .. Also your Laptop i think only has only two Ram slots
Does that mean that I could only buy 4gb batch for the other slot?
Maxie is correct, you only have two slots,

HP Pavilion g7-2323dx Notebook PC Product Specifications | HP® Support

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Try running the Crucial scanner and see what info it gives,

Use the Crucial System Scanner software to find out what type of memory is in your computer


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14 Dec 2013   #8
Girom

Windows 8
 
 

I used Crucial Scanner and chose notepad to open it but it had a bunch of weird text so I closed it and opened the program again but this time, a small black window seems to pop up for a second and then nothing happens.
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14 Dec 2013   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The scanner is a .exe file, Notepad won't open it, the weird text was the code.
There's a video on the Crucial site, watch and follow their instructions.

Or even better......

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14 Dec 2013   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Never mix RAM sticks. And the sticks from your old laptop will be slowpokes anyhow. Who wants those. And on normal laptops (not netbooks) you always need pairs.

It is easy to find out what you need. Just scan your PC from here: Use the Crucial System Scanner software to find out what type of memory is in your computer
I did just that the other day and have an 8GB kit for my little notebook on the way. All one needs to do is just download the file from crucial, saving it somewhere you can find it, then just double click on it (it doesn't need installing).

It's disgusting how expensive RAM has become lately. Back in February, I paid $230 for a 32GB kit from amazon (Newegg was out and claiming it was discontinued). Now, it's $343 from Amazon (plus, since the first of the year, I have to pay tax on Amazon purchases); misbegotten NewEgg is out again (they have had them in stock since I bought them) and shows them discontinued (misbegotten NewEgg running out of stock frequently is getting old, not to mention the discontinued notices on stock they restock later).
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