Laptop Memory

  BKJ 12:27 01 Sep 2006
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I have a new Gateway laptop which came with very little specification information. I am looking at a possible future memory upgrade. A search of the laptop with CPU-Z, as advised by Crucial, tells me that I have two SODIMM modules DDR2 PC2 4300 (266 MHZ) Looking at most memory retailers including Crucial I can only see DDR2 PC2 4200. Can any body tell me if there is any difference between these two?

  vinnyT 14:59 01 Sep 2006

Give crucialUK a call, 0800 013 0330, they will tell you if there is a diff. and are very helpful.

If they get it wrong (unusual, but happens), their returns procedure is one of the best.

Hope this helps.

  BKJ 15:41 01 Sep 2006

Thanks vinny T I gave Crucial a ring and they say there isn't such a thing as PC2 4300 it's probably PC2 4200. It's a bit confusing as I cannot find any info on this laptop. It's a Gateway MX6926b and even Gateway have no support for it on their website. The procesor is an Intel Core Solo T1350 and Intel don't list that on their website only a T1300. I like to know whats under the keyboard but I'm getting nowhere.

  vinnyT 16:04 01 Sep 2006

Try SIW -System Information for Windows, click here, it's what I use on clients (with their OK) machines to get in depth detail of their systems.

It's free and easy to use, you don't have to install it, just click the .exe file to run it. I keep a copy on some of my usb keys.

It gives details on hardware and software, in fact it's so useful that I made a donation (even though you don't have to) :-0

Hope this helps.

  sean-278262 16:12 01 Sep 2006

click here

Try that option. I myself was looking at the very same laptop from staples when the offer came out in janurary but decided against it considering even Gateway themselves dont have it listed. How is the machine going for you out of pure interest.

  BKJ 16:33 01 Sep 2006

Hi CoN I tried that one before. I asked about the memory and they told me to ask Crucial.
vinny T I have run SIW and there seems to be more info than I can cope with, very interesting though, thanks
CoN in response to your query about The Gateway MX6926b I chose it because I was looking for a laptop with a fair size HD, 80GB, WiFi enabled, 15.4 Widescreen a reasonable processor speed, this one is 1.86GhZ and it's an Intel which I prefer, reasonable memory, 512Mb and with Windows XP but most of all a reasonable price, £499. I think to get the same spec in a Toshiba you would have to lay out an extra £200. I find the machine does all that I ask of it and best of all it still remains connected to he web right down the other end of the garden unlike my daughters Fujitsu which has a problem when she just takes it Upstairs. The battery will give a good three hours at least. The sound isn't as good as with desktop speakers but lke everything else reasonable. I'm pleased with it.

  sean-278262 16:48 01 Sep 2006

Good stuff. I think that the model from what I can tell is as you state PC4200 ram. Go with as stated crucial they have a promise to give you the correct ram or your money back (or something to that effect).

Have you tried belarc advisor click here to see what it says. It may tell us a bit more just post the first visable page or so into here and we will work through it to try to get you some reasonable answers.

You would think there would be some data on it on the website.

  BKJ 17:06 01 Sep 2006

I have run Belarc and it doesn't say much about the memory just how much is installed. The SIW suggested by vinny T shows a bit more....

Property Value
Memory Summary
Capacity 512 MBytes
Location System board or motherboard
Maximum Capacity 3072 MBytes
Memory Slots 2
Error Correction None
Name Physical Memory Array
Use System memory


Device Locator Slot 1
Manufacturer Hyundai Electronics
Part Number HYMP532S64BP6-C4
Serial Number 00002018
Capacity 256 MBytes
Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Speed DDR2-533 (266 MHz)
Data Width 64 bits
Voltage SSTL 1.8V
Error Correction None
Refresh Reduced (.5x)...7.8 µs
Manufacturing Date 2006, Week 19
EPP SPD Support No


Device Locator Slot 3
Manufacturer Hyundai Electronics
Part Number HYMP532S64BP6-C4
Serial Number 00003019
Capacity 256 MBytes
Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Speed DDR2-533 (266 MHz)
Data Width 64 bits
Voltage SSTL 1.8V
Error Correction None
Refresh Reduced (.5x)...7.8 µs
Manufacturing Date 2006, Week 19
EPP SPD Support No

  BKJ 17:53 01 Sep 2006

This is what the CPU-Z program comes up with.
DIMM #1

General
Memory type DDR2
Manufacturer (ID) Hyundai Electronics (AD00000000000000)
Size 256 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-4300 (266 MHz)
Part number HYMP532S64BP6-C4
Serial number 00002018
Manufacturing date Week 25/Year 06

Attributes
Number of banks 1
Data width 64 bits
Correction None
EPP no

Timings table
Frequency (MHz) 200 266 266
CAS# 3.0 4.0 5.0
RAS# to CAS# delay 3 4 4
RAS# Precharge 3 4 4
TRAS 9 12 12
TRC 12 16 16


DIMM #2

General
Memory type DDR2
Manufacturer (ID) Hyundai Electronics (AD00000000000000)
Size 256 MBytes
Max bandwidth PC2-4300 (266 MHz)
Part number HYMP532S64BP6-C4
Serial number 00003019
Manufacturing date Week 25/Year 06

Attributes
Number of banks 1
Data width 64 bits
Correction None
EPP no

Timings table
Frequency (MHz) 200 266 266
CAS# 3.0 4.0 5.0
RAS# to CAS# delay 3 4 4
RAS# Precharge 3 4 4
TRAS 9 12 12
TRC 12 16 16

  BKJ 17:58 01 Sep 2006

Interestingly enough the programs give different manufacturing dates for the modules also SIW shows a Slot1 & Slot3 but CPU shows DIMM 1 & 2. But CPU clearly gives the modules as PC2 4300.

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