RAM indentification

  algernonymous 10:18 20 Jan 2008

I'm looking to add some RAM to my laptop as it only came with 256Mb (don't laugh), I know it's DDR2 and 533Mhz but on looking at memory modules in adverts I notice another number like PC3200, PC4200 and the like. How important is this? I've run Belarc, Sandra and Everest on my PC and none of them tell me this information.


  MAJ 10:20 20 Jan 2008

Run the scanner at click here it will tell you the memory required and explain all the different aspects of memory.

  algernonymous 10:34 20 Jan 2008

Thanks MAJ, but that only came back with 256Mb in one slot, didn't even tell me it was DDR2 or 533Mhz.

  algernonymous 10:36 20 Jan 2008

Has anyone got an E-System 3089UK laptop who might know?

  €dstowe 10:39 20 Jan 2008

Use the other bit of the Crucial page - to the right of the OR and tell it the details of your machine.

  algernonymous 10:46 20 Jan 2008

Tried that, E-system isn't listed...

  €dstowe 10:51 20 Jan 2008

I am surprised! Is it a re-badged machine?

Crucial are very helpful if you email them with your query - this may be the thing to do OR have a Google around to see if you can identify what your machine really is.

  algernonymous 20:16 20 Jan 2008

Sorry I didn't reply earlier, had to go out.
The E-System is the Dixons/PC World own brand so don't know who manufactures them. However I had a look at the Everest report which gave me a Samsung part no. for the module, I Googled this and it came back with-
RAM Type DDR2-SDRAM, Samsung M4 70T3354CZ3-CD5 Clock 533 MHz
Code DDR2-533, PC2-4300

So presumably the PC2-4200 I have seen is the one to get?

  Switcher 20:31 20 Jan 2008

PC wizard 2007 will tell exactly which ram is installed

  algernonymous 20:43 20 Jan 2008

Thanks Switcher, it confirmed it is PC2-4300.
So can anyone tell me if the PC2-4200 I have seen is OK?

  DieSse 21:22 20 Jan 2008

Laptops normally use a different form factor RAM - SO-DIMM, which are much shorter, wider modules.

The 533MHz, PC4300 seems to be reasonably a common spec for SO-DIMM modules, so I would be sure to get the same spec as you already have.

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