installing extra RAM on a laptop

  SylvesterMagic 22:23 18 Jan 2005

How easy is it to install RAM on a laptop? Is it something that I should be able to do myself or would I be best paying for a specialist to do it? If so, does anyone have a ballpark figure of how much it would cost me?

  FelixTCat 22:55 18 Jan 2005

It does depend on the laptop. Most laptops have 2 ram slots and may have both already filled. In this case, to upgrade you will need 2 new sticks of ram. If there is only one ram stick in place, it is easy to add another.

Open the ram compartment and see whatyou have. Note the markings on the current ram and search in google.

Also, try this site: click here and fill in the details - this may tell you what ram will work for you

  TomJerry 00:09 19 Jan 2005

if you can use a screw drive, but

(1) make sure you get correct RAM, use crucial to identify correct one as suggested by FelixTCat

(2) do not use excessive force, if something is had to insert or open, it probably means you should not force it

(3) it is better to get a anti-static wist wrap. But you have got one, you should touch some metal stuff which connect to ground (e.g. radiators) before you handle RAM, the purpose is to get ride of static in your body

  Giggle n' Bits 00:46 19 Jan 2005

I know the newer Toshiba Sat models is a case of removing the motherboard, some older dells are not that bad.

  jules52 00:56 19 Jan 2005

You do not say what make and model. As TomJerry stated go onto crucial website. I used them recently to upgrade my sons HP from 256mb to 768mb and found them brilliant to deal with and delivery within 48 hours. It is very important to get the correct module. Other than that it should take you about 5mins to install. Just make sure you "ground" yourself first.

  SylvesterMagic 15:39 20 Jan 2005

thankyou for your answers so far... I was at work when I posted the original message so now have a chance to give my full system details:

It's a MESH laptop - mobile AMD Athlon XP1800+, 655MHz, currently with 224 MB of RAM.

I've just check out the Crucial site but can't find a model on there that matches mine! I have emailed MESH, but haven't heard anything back from them yet. A BELARC system scan says that I have a MiTAC 5a model.

Opening up the bottom of the PC, I can see where the RAM is slotted in and there does appear to be a spare slot facing it. The RAM in there at the moment has "DDR266 256MB 16MX16 2.5V WB" on a sticker next to it and on the RAM itself "WINBOND 213DD W942516BH-75"

Can anyone tell me what RAM I need? Also... would I be able to add 512MB in the spare slot or would it have to be another 256MB?

Thankyou for your help

  TomJerry 16:02 20 Jan 2005

(1) mesh option is in crucial web site, you need to dig out your manual to find the model name
click here

(2) if you cannot find it, you can use crucial's system scan to identify the component click here

(3) if not luck of both above, you can get general ones

select PC2100 DDR, and then select 200-pin SODIMM, you can find it click here

(4) you need to check the manual to see if your laptop support another 512MB (I assume it is ok, but not sure) 256MB should be fine. By the way, the performace difference between extra 256 and extra 512 will be very very small

Crucial is very good, maybe you can phone them for help

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