Notebook / Laptop Crew: RAM question

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  1. AlohaRacing

    AlohaRacing Freak that bitch out

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    I have a Sony VAIO laptop that's about 4 years old. It comes with
    512MB of RAM. The max it says it'll handle is 1GB.

    You can buy individual 1GB sticks a lot cheaper than the 512's.

    My questions:
    Is it OK to replace the two 256 sticks with 1 individual GB stick?
    What happens if I add more than the recommended RAM?
    Do I have to stick with PC3200 or does it matter?

    Thanks in advance! :cool:

    Recommended upgrade specs:

     
  2. Chris

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    Yes you can replace the 2 256s with 1 1GB with no ill effects, and if you try to put more than the max in it either wont boot or wont recognize any more than the max

    and you wouldnt want to buy RAM any slower than the PC3200 you already have, also you will have to make sure you do buy DDR RAM and not DDR2 because they are incompatible
     
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    This is NOT always true. I recommend you CHECK THE SYSTEM SPECS!

    For example, I upgraded a HP Pavilion ZX-5040US yesterday and one slot would take up to 1GB and the other would max out at 256MB. Checked the manual, and sure-enough that is by design. Likewise I know of several nForce2 boards that would only allow single-sided memory in the last memory slot if a double-sided stick was used in the first.

    So it MAY work, or it may not. You need to double check. I have seen 2x 512MB sticks work where a single 1GB did not.
     
  4. AlohaRacing

    AlohaRacing Freak that bitch out

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    Thanks for the responses guys. Anybody else?

    If it helps, the laptop is a VAIO PCG-K45.

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    I think you're much better off going 2x 512MB
     

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