extending RAM for notebook

  mourne 17:44 29 Jan 2005

My knowledge about computer is very limited and this is propably a simple question. My notebook has an 128 MB SDRAM and in the manual it says it can be extended to 384 MB. I wonder if i can use my JETFLASH portable data storage USB stick to extend the existing RAM. If that is not possible please give me an idea how to extend the RAM. (do i have to open up the notebook ?)

with regards to anyone answering

  palinka 18:29 29 Jan 2005

I am not an expert & only recently got into "extending" RAM. I assume it means add more RAM and that's what I've recently done on a laptop (very easy) and then on a desktop (slightly more fiddly but not difficult).
If you go to click here you will find a system for finding out exactly what RAM is available for your machine; then order it - crucial are as cheap as anyone else and very quick to deliver. Then yes, you do have to open part of your machine - one of those little "doors" on the underside, opens with a screwdriver and fitting extra RAM is dead easy - and there was an illustrated article about it in pcadvisor mag towards the end of last year. I dithered for ages before taking the plunge and I was amazed how simple it was.

  wee eddie 21:33 29 Jan 2005

I assume that you are running an oldish laptop with W98se.

This may present a small problem as many used to run EDO Ram, which is becoming quite expensive.

First port of call as palinka says is Crucial.

The second, is the information that came with the Laptop - This may easily be on a CD - somewhere it will show you where the RAM is in the case and how to get to it. Just to be annoying, some have the RAM underneath the keyboard.

  mourne 00:02 30 Jan 2005

the laptop is about 5 years old and im running windows 2000 pro on it.I have no idea what what a EDO Ram is. any information on that one???

  Kegger 00:08 30 Jan 2005

Extented dated out = EDO ram go to crucial and type in the laptop / pc and thaey will tell you what you need / can have. Kegger

  palinka 11:02 30 Jan 2005

I started by going to Belarc, click here If you download this it will give you a complete picture of what is in your computer. It may also say to what extent you can increase RAM. Takes only a few minutes; you can print it out. There is a link to Crucial from Belarc's site. Good luck.
Can anyone remember which issue of PCAdvisor had the article about upgrading laptops? Mourne would find that useful.

  palinka 11:10 30 Jan 2005

I should have said that at Belarc site you download the Belarc Advisor (green button on the left)

  mourne 10:04 08 Feb 2005

thanks to everybody !!! problem solved

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