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Windows 7: upgrading 4GB RAM to 8GB RAM

01 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
upgrading 4GB RAM to 8GB RAM

Goodevening and Happy New Year guys!

well, back to my question.. hehe
i have a Sony Vaio laptop (VPCEB36GM) and it says on the included guide book, it's ram is upgradable up to 8GB. (i currenly have 4GB which is pre-installed when we bought it.)

while cleaning my laptop, i saw my RAM's brand is ADATA.
and i use CrucialScan to determine what DD I am, and it's DDR3.

here's my question.
Can i use a different brand of RAM besides ADATA?
'coz im afraid, what if there's no ADATA available on our local stores..

..and i looked at ADATA's product site.
can i get DDR3L? I mean, will it harm my laptop? hehe sorry. I'm really clueless about these things.

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01 Jan 2014   #2

Many: XP, 7, Home & Pro, Slax, FreeNAS, OS-X 10.9 10.6.8

You can..and it might probably will work if it is the same specification..but there are always potential compatibility problems for no apparent reasons.

But when you open your RAM slot up, you may find you have 2 x 2Gb memory sticks, so no spare slots. So if you want to fit 8GB you may have to buy 8 Gb(2x4Gb ) anyway. if that is the is then best to buy a matched pair.
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01 Jan 2014   #3

windows 7 home 64bit

Hi there .. You might find the Link below helpful .. As stated you would need to check how many Ram slots you have .. It does not state in your System Specs which OS you are using but you would need to be using 64 Bit OS to get more than 4GB of Ram ... And much better to get a matched pair if needed ...

Buy Memory RAM Upgrades for your Sony VAIO Laptop VPCEB36GM/BJ | 100% Safe & Secure
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01 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

I agree with Maxie. It's never a good idea to mix ram. You would be inviting problems. I'm not going to say it can't be done, just that it will cause problems in most cases. Anytime I switch ram I buy a lit of the ram I want to use. The modules in a kit have been tested by the manufacturer to run well together. The crucial scan you ran will show you what is compatible with your computer, and if bought from them, will guarantee compatibility.
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01 Jan 2014   #5

Many: XP, 7, Home & Pro, Slax, FreeNAS, OS-X 10.9 10.6.8

Good little discussion here..

Why matched pair of RAM - RAM - Memory

i was reading it yesterday when i was searching for new RAM for my 08 Mac of my 2GB sticks has crapped out, so i am down to 14 now..time for a boost to the full 32gb I think ..or at least 24. have been seeing used ram levels of 12 -14gb in the past on Photoshop multi layer renders.
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02 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

Yup. I will not mix two different kinds of RAM just to be safe. thanks guys! oh and...

can i use DDR3L? yup... (2x4GB)

...and can you recommend me a good brand of RAM?
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02 Jan 2014   #7

Many: XP, 7, Home & Pro, Slax, FreeNAS, OS-X 10.9 10.6.8

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02 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NeilPaisnel View Post
thanks for the answer. but sending me a link to google is not really nice...
yes I already googled DDR3L, but still decided to post here at sevenforums 'coz all the people here are nice and helpful.

well anyways, your link says DDR3L is compatible with i3. but my laptop is i5, will it work?

and can you recommend me good brands of RAM? thanks and good day!
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02 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 ultimate x64

Check this out.

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02 Jan 2014   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

When in doubt, the easiest way is to just buy the RAM recommended by Crucial's scanner directly from Crucial (it's only fair, anyway since you used their scanner). I did that recently when I upgraded the RAM in my Lenovo notebook. I might have saved a few shekels had I gone elsewhere but the peace of mind from getting exactly what was recommended was worth it. I don't know where you are located so that might not be an option for you.
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