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Windows 7: RAM upgrade question

16 Apr 2011   #1
Wii Master 64

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RAM upgrade question

Hey everyone, I've been wanting to upgrade my RAM for my laptop from 2GB to 4GB because I edit HD movies and need that extra performance boost.

Since I'm upgrading to 4GB, would it be okay for me to just buy a 2GB stick and use it with my current stick (or sticks, I've never looked to see what I have) of RAM? Or should I buy a pack of 2x2GB and replace the stick(s) altogether?


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16 Apr 2011   #2
marsmimar

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A lot of folks recommend using matched sticks to avoid compatibility issues. I've successfully used mixed sticks before but only after verifying all of the specs on the original stick. You can do that by using a free memory advisor tool from Crucial (or pretty much any of the well known memory companies like Kingston, G.Skill, etc.)

RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, SSD at Crucial.com

Or you could get a free tool like Speccy that will give you the same RAM info as well as a lot more system info.

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

Once you have your installed RAM specs you can shop around for the best prices. But make sure the specs match before spending your money.
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16 Apr 2011   #3
Wii Master 64

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Ok, thanks for the help!
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16 Apr 2011   #4
marsmimar

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You're very welcome!
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16 Apr 2011   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wii Master 64 View Post
Hey everyone, I've been wanting to upgrade my RAM for my laptop from 2GB to 4GB because I edit HD movies and need that extra performance boost.

Since I'm upgrading to 4GB, would it be okay for me to just buy a 2GB stick and use it with my current stick (or sticks, I've never looked to see what I have) of RAM? Or should I buy a pack of 2x2GB and replace the stick(s) altogether?
According to www.crucial.com, your CQ60-215DX has only two memory slots. If both are filled, you can only go to 4 GB by replacing both DIMMs.

Even if you have a single 2GB DIMM now, it may be safer to replace it. It is possible to mix RAM from different manfcaturers, but I've had trouble with it. Notebooks tend to not offer the manual BIOS settings that would make it easier to force dissimilar memory sticks into co-operating.
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16 Apr 2011   #6
Kipper

 

Pop open the cover for the RAM slots on the back of your lappy and see what you have in there now. With those correct reading of the stick itself you should be able to find exactly what you will need.
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16 Apr 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Scan with the Crucial scanner - then you know what you need. RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, SSD at Crucial.com


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16 Apr 2011   #8
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I've ran the Crucial scanner before, and it said that I had 2 1GB sticks in each slot. So, I'll probably wind up buying a 2x2 GB pack on eBay or something.
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16 Apr 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would buy from Newegg (frequent sales) or Crucial. eBay would not be one of my choices.
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