Can I upgrade my memory on my old Toshiba laptop?

  jackrmee 12:53 13 Dec 2012

Hi, I have a Toshiba Equium A100. It's been a good servant and I really can't afford a new laptop, so I want to get her back to her former glory.

I'd like to, firstly, reinstall windows (but I don't have a disc) and then upgrade whatever I can inside her. Can I do any of these things?


  onthelimit1 14:43 13 Dec 2012

To reinstall Windows, you'll need to borrow a disc with the same version (exactly) as that already installed. You will also need to be able to read the COA sticker on the underside (they do sometimes get rubbed on laptops).

For memory, go to the Crucial UK website, and run their scanner - it will tell you what is fitted and what can be fitted. Older DDR memory (which yours probably has) is quite expensive new - you may do better getting cheaper generic/used RAM from ebay.

click the System Scanner tab here

  Woolwell 14:46 13 Dec 2012

Or for memory try MrMemory which also offers a scanner of your system.

  jackrmee 15:17 13 Dec 2012

You're right, the sticker is worn and I can't read it. But it says the product key when I view my "System Properties" right? Is that what I need?

  woodchip 15:41 13 Dec 2012

yes. as to upgrading the laptop you can only upgrade memory and hard drive to a bigger drive. if its running slow it needs de-gunking removing all the crap

  rdave13 15:47 13 Dec 2012

No, that's not the windows key to verify XP. Have you made the recovery DVDs? You can use those to restore as to factory settings or use the hidden partition. I'm not familiar with Toshibas on how to restore via the partition but you won't need the Windows key if you use this method.

  chub_tor 16:35 13 Dec 2012

You can use Magical Jelly Bean to find your product key from the registry.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:49 13 Dec 2012

Toshiba (from mid-2007) no longer supply recovery disks with new laptops. They do provide a hidden recovery partition called the HDD Recovery Utility. This is accessed by pressing and holding the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard and then pressing the computer's power switch. This process is described in How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:58 13 Dec 2012

Slow PC

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials Avast

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.

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) 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 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, Vista or Windows 7 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 Your memory could be failing try memtest

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 will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. for a guide to fitting memory.

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