adding ram to a laptop

  Garthyy 18:34 15 Sep 2010

Ihave just purchased a 1gb ram module for my Sony VAIO VGN-SZ2XP/C laptop. Any hints or tips that would be useful before I open her up and add it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:44 15 Sep 2010

Ground yourself on a metal radiator first and do not touch the contact faces.

  Garthyy 18:46 15 Sep 2010

thank you Fruit Bat. I'm hoping it will be an easy open and insert.

  Strawballs 19:03 15 Sep 2010

Some are easy my acer is just about 6 screws really easy daughters fujitsu I had to remove the bezel and the keyboard to access it, don't know about sony

  Garthyy 19:06 15 Sep 2010

I can see a small panel on the back so I am hoping it is in there. Will do it later when I get baack

  Sea Urchin 19:46 15 Sep 2010

This might help you

click here

  Sea Urchin 19:47 15 Sep 2010

Not quite the link I thought it was - but on the right hand side installing RAM video

  Garthyy 21:29 15 Sep 2010

all in no problems. system still sluggish though, any suggwestions?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:51 15 Sep 2010

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click
custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory
= set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the
PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  robin_x 22:21 15 Sep 2010

Maintenance info not widely available is it?

I just replaced the cracked LCD in my Compaq CQ61 (which requitrs fairly hefty disassembly of the laptop for a simple job.

But full maintenance pdf and a few other guides are easily found.

Looked up your Vaio for the 'crack' and this is all I could find of use.

click here

Anyway, you have done it now.

If still sluggish, let Windows manage your paging file.

Run msconfig.exe and/or taskmanager, ccleanr, winpatrol. Check for unnecessary startups/processes.

Be sure that security scans or windows updates/downloads are not in progress.

Run malwarebytes or superantispyware to check for nasties.

Defragment (I never see any improvemnt doing that though)

Worst case is backup your files and do a clean install.

Have fun.

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