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Windows 7: Help with RAM and laptop question please

04 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 
Help with RAM and laptop question please

Ok, I'm thinking about adding more Memory to my laptop. I have no idea what to look for. Does basically any memory work with any laptop, or is there specific memory cards for specific laptops? In either case, what would you guys recommend for a Toshiba Satellite A215-S4757?

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04 Nov 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Toshiba Satellite A215-S4757

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  • Manufacturer: Toshiba
  • Part Number:PSAEGU-01100U
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General
  • Built-in Devices Stereo speakers , Wireless LAN antenna
  • Width 14.3 in
  • Depth 10.6 in
  • Height 1.5 in
  • Weight 6.4 lbs
  • Color Onyx blue metallic
  • Localization English / United States
  • Notebook type Budget , Mid-size laptops (6-7.5 lbs.)
  • Screen type Widescreen
  • Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b
Processor
  • Processor AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-56 / 1.8 GHz
  • Multi-Core processor technology Dual-Core
  • 64-bit processor Yes
  • Chipset type AMD M690V
Cache Memory
  • Type L2 cache
  • Cache size 1 MB
RAM
  • Installed Size 2 GB / 4 GB (max)
  • Technology DDR2 SDRAM
  • RAM configuration features 2 x 1 GB
Environmental Parameters
  • Environmental standards EPA Energy Star
  • Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
  • Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%
Storage Controller
  • Storage controller type Serial ATA/IDE
  • Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150
Storage
  • Floppy Drive None
  • Hard Drive 250 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 4200 rpm
  • Storage Removable None
  • Hard drive type Portable
Optical Storage
  • Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated
  • CD / DVD read speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
  • CD / DVD write speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)
  • CD / DVD rewrite speed 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Optical Storage (2nd)
  • 2nd optical storage type None
Card Reader
  • Card reader type 5 in 1 card reader
  • Supported flash memory cards Memory Stick , MultiMediaCard , SD Memory Card , xD-Picture Card , Memory Stick Pro
Display
  • Display Type 15.4 in TFT active matrix
  • Max Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Widescreen Display Yes
  • Color Support 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
  • Features TruBrite
Video
  • Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI Radeon X1200
  • Video Memory Shared video memory (UMA)
  • Max Allocated RAM Size 319 MB
Audio
  • Audio output type Sound card
  • Audio output compliant standards High Definition Audio
  • Audio Input Microphone
Notebook Camera
  • Camera Type Integrated
Input Device(s)
  • Input device type Keyboard , Touchpad
Telecom
  • Modem Fax / modem
  • Max transfer rate 56 Kbps
  • Protocols & Specifications ITU V.90
Networking
  • Networking Network adapter
  • Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
  • Data link protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Fast Ethernet
  • Networking standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g
Expansion / Connectivity
  • Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x Memory , 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard
  • Interfaces 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) , 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 1 x Headphones - Output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Display / video - S-video output , 1 x Modem - Phone line - RJ-11 , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45
Miscellaneous
  • Features System password , Administrator password , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
  • Compliant Standards CE , UL , cUL , R&TTE , DDC/CI , TUV GS , UL 1950 , ACPI 1.0b , VESA DPMS , FCC Part 68 , FCC Part 15 B , Plug and Play , CSA 22.2 No. 950
Power
  • Power device form factor External
  • Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
Battery
  • Technology 6-cell Lithium ion
  • Installed Qty 1
Operating System / Software
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista , Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Software Google Desktop , Google Toolbar , Toshiba Assist , Toshiba ConfigFree , Microsoft Works 8.5 , Adobe Acrobat Reader , Toshiba Disc Creator , Toshiba Game Console , Yahoo! Music Jukebox , Toshiba Security Assist , Toshiba Value Added Package , Sun Java 2 Runtime Environment , Ulead DVD MovieFactory for Toshiba , Toshiba Extended Tiles for Windows Mobility Center , Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (Trial)
Manufacturer Warranty
  • Service & Support 1 year warranty
  • Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Sustainability
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04 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Thank you for that. So do I have to shop for a memory card based on the following...

  • Installed Size 2 GB / 4 GB (max)
  • Technology DDR2 SDRAM
  • RAM configuration features 2 x 1 GB
As I look at this, I take it when I purchase a memory card, I will base it on DDR2. I assume I can buy any DDR2 and it will work, or is this wrong? Also, there are different MHz. What do the different MHz's mean? Right now I know I need to buy a 2gb memory card to get 3gb. That's about it.
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04 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Toshiba satellite a215-s4757 Memory Upgrade - satellite a215-s4757 RAM

try here I have used the site many times.

Your machine can only have two sticks in at a time so if you look here you can by two 2gig sticks to have a total of 4 gig.
Also Laptops use SODIMMS not standard DIMMS
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04 Nov 2009   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Scan your system with this (very safe) website ( SDRAM, DDR2 and DDR RAM memory upgrades from Crucial.com ). Then you know what your options are.
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04 Nov 2009   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Scan your system with this (very safe) website ( SDRAM, DDR2 and DDR RAM memory upgrades from Crucial.com ). Then you know what your options are.
I use Crucial Scan all the time when checking customers systems. easy to save the info, and they have a choice then with which they can see and say YES or NO.
+1 whs
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05 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

Would you recommend buying parts from crucial?
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05 Nov 2009   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shortmantuff View Post
Would you recommend buying parts from crucial?
Crucial is a good company and has reasonable prices. But it never hurts to shop around. Just make sure you stay with decent companies and do not become victim of a scam. Here is a site you might use for price comparison: Kahlon - kahlon.com - Reviews, Ratings and Prices at ResellerRatings
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07 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x86
 
 

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07 Nov 2009   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's a good price. Crucial is $49.99.
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