User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 12

Thread: Computer people: putting more RAM in a laptop?

  1. #1
    swords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Cernunnos Woods
    Posts
    8,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Computer people: putting more RAM in a laptop?

    Hey folks, just a quickie. A week or so ago I bought a Toshiba Satellite notebook PC and today I got my 1 GB ram stick however when I pull one of the 512 MB RAM sticks and put this one in the PC starts up normally (with normal screens) but when it goes to windows it's got this weird scrambled cable screen look to it. I took the new RAM out and put the old stick back in and it's fine.

    So my question is what am I doing wrong? Does the RAM both have to be 1 GB sticks (or 2 GB sticks) and not 1 GB + 512 MB sticks - Does it have to be "even"? If they both have to be the same size that's fine, I just don't wanna buy another stick if that's not the problem. Is there any way to check this new RAM and see if it's maybe defective?

    Thanks for any info you can pass along!



    BTW: that USB flash key (for transfering files) you guys suggested in my last computer post is awesome - where've these been all my life? I'll probably never burn another CD Rom again!

  2. #2
    Hello, I must be going... Not a Number's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    7,506
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It depends on the motherboard. If it came with two sticks in it you probably have to replace or add with matched pairs depending on the number of slots.

    You can look up your model on any of the companies that sell memory to see what you need and what will go in your laptop:

    http://www.ec.kingston.com/ecom/conf...nufacturer=tos

  3. #3
    OMG h8 pings MrFlyTrap2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    DeKalb, IL
    Posts
    682
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's actually rare to have paired memory anymore. Manufactures however always screw you over by putting two 512 sticks in if you want 1GB. That way they buy 512 sicks in bulk
    and you have to spend a lot more to upgrade in the future.

    If you memory required pairs, odds are you would have never made it that far. Quick test just run one of the original sticks, if it's fine then you know you just bought bad ram.
    My Grow List

    "It is only by studying nature that can we ever hope to defeat it."

  4. #4
    swords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Cernunnos Woods
    Posts
    8,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey thanks for that link! Hmm, it looks like maybe I do need to have 2x 1 GB or 2x 2GB as it did come with a pair of 512 MB I had simply assumed it came with a 1 GB and empty 2nd slot but when I opened it today I saw otherwise. I had no idea they even still made MB sticks!

  5. #5
    SirKristoff is a poopiehead Ozzy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Greenswamp, NC
    Posts
    13,747
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I put a spare stick of memory in my wifes pc and it would start up to the desktop and then restart by itself. It kept doing this until I took out the stick of memory that I put it.

  6. #6
    Hello, I must be going... Not a Number's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    7,506
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The bank schema tab should show you if you need a pair or not. It all depends on the chipset of the motherboard.

  7. #7
    swords's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Cernunnos Woods
    Posts
    8,120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nope, it won't load even with just the new RAM stick in it - I just tried. It'll go through some startup screens but just keeps rebooting and won't fully go into windows, finally it just stopped rebooting altogether. Is this a sign of bad RAM? I'm following all the directions in the book that came with the notebook. I only have 72 hours from delivery time to contact the seller to complain about the RAM, I just wanna make sure I'm not accusing him of something that isn't his fault. One thing I noticed is that the RAM was sent in a static package but it was not sealed or even taped shut and it had come partway out of the static baggie - could that have damaged it?

    NAN according to that website the memory configuration on my model Satellite A205-S5800 looks like it can be single or double sticks but nothing about mixing them like 1 GB and a 512 MB But now it seems that new RAM may be junk anyway.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    427
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Have you checked the RAM speeds? Not all RAM runs at the same speed, and if you laptop motherboard requires a particular speed of RAM, anything else will just fail. There should be technical documentation somewhere on the manufacturer's website.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •