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2GB Laptop Memory at play.com (PC2-5300 200pin) (NON-TECHIES WITH LAPTOPS - READ THIS!) £16.49

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Been on here years and never posted a deal. In fact I'm not even sure if this is a "good deal" money wise, but if you have a laptop running VISTA read on. I have a Compaq Presario F500 purchased ab…
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8y, 2w agoFound 8 years, 2 weeks ago
Been on here years and never posted a deal. In fact I'm not even sure if this is a "good deal" money wise, but if you have a laptop running VISTA read on.

I have a Compaq Presario F500 purchased about 18 months ago running Vista. Over time it has been running slower and slower, and got close to unusable. I started up the "Memory & Processor" widget on the desktop, and it turned out it was using 90%+ of available memory (1GB). I found this on Play, and after a simple google search ("compatible memory Compaq Presario F500") managed to ascertain that this was compatible.

GIven the fact it was 2GB, I couldn't believe the price (seemed absurdly cheap to someone of my lack of technical knowledge).

So, it arrived, and turned out to be unbelievably simple to fit (just a small phillips screwdriver and nimble fingers - 2 mins). Since I fitted it, my laptop has been a different beast and actually runs like....well....I'd expect it to. It now has 2.5GB (there are two 512MB chips in there, so just replaced one) and is more than happy.

So, this is as much a "deal" as it is to all of you out there who have purchased laptops that are starting to creak - don't be scared of buying new memory - its not expensive and its easy to fit.

In short:
- run the memory & processor thingy on the Vista sidebar
- check in the computer specs what the current memory is (think its in control panel somewhere)
- if its less than 2GB, search and find what is compatible
- get online to play.com and buy some!
- fit it
- tell all of your friends you're a laptop engineer.

Don't be scared, its turned my £400 laptop into a useable piece of kit for just £16.49.

(also, don't forget quidco - I did!)

(EDIT - apparently this will also do the job for £1.49 cheaper http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5748603/-/Product.html?source=9593)
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#1
What's wrong for the PNY ones for £14.99 ?? It's what I've used in many uprades inc. HP / Compaq.
#2
Nice post. Well done trying to help people out.

The easiest way to find out what type of memory you need is to run this Crucial system scanner. it only takes a second or two and tells you how much and what type of ram and (it's configuration) you have installed.
http://www.crucial.com/uk/systemscanner/?click=true

Click 'download the scanner' and then select 'run'. Easy peasiness.
#3
Is this any better?
http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5748603/-/Product.html?source=9593
Highly suitable for netbooks I reckon.

A quicker way to check for RAM is to hit the Windows key and Break (above PageUp) and see the system properties there.
Also Crucial scan can detect compatible sticks.
http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/

edit: fastposted! ._.
#4
Those of you voting cold, I'm just trying to demistify the whole thing for those of us who don't understand what all of the acronyms mean. I have little doubt that PNY means something to you, but to me (and countless others?) it means nothing. The very fact that you have done "many upgrades inc. HP / Compaq" means that this deal is not really much use to you.

Lets not turn this into a thread about how many molecules per millisecond this moves, or whether this has a better RFSC rating (or something).
#5
deek72
Nice post. Well done trying to help people out.


Thanks - clearly someone here gets the point. Everyone vote this hot so it sees the light of day before it is sunk by techies with -40 degrees in their magic wand.....
#6
jpearn
What's wrong for the PNY ones for £14.99 ?? It's what I've used in many uprades inc. HP / Compaq.


Whoops - PNY is a brand by the looks of things - just done a search on play.com.

This will also do the job I guess (edited to include).
#7
I'm not a technical person but I can see which stick is the better one. Btw, I didn't vote cold (clicked lukewarm) so don't go into a fit about it.
#8
Plenty of people will find this post helpful i think. Cheap and easy way to boost performance of laptops or desktops, not a deal as such... but there are plenty of people who get rid of perfectly fine computers just because they dont know how easy it would be to 'fix' their old ones.

The other thing to consider is that as a minimum people should consider reinstalling windows completely every year or so.... will make a huge difference with little technical knowledge required.... just make sure you back up your data first.
#9
tsimehC
Btw, I didn't vote cold (clicked lukewarm) so don't go into a fit about it.


I wasn't accusing you, so ditto :) Your post wasn't there when I wrote my post - it was more of a general plea.

Either way, I just hope some people suffering with their PC world laptops get to see this - a dummy like me can "fix" their laptop for a few quid!

Peace & Love, Peace & Love.....
#10
If you can buy branded RAM (e.g. PNY) for less than the price of this unbranded stuff then go for it, so this is cold for me.
#11
Whilst I have no idea if this deal is hot, I appreciate the post.
I have been experiencing similar performance issues with my vista laptop and as a consequence of this post am considering upgrading. I'm fairly technically minded but I'm still a bit hestitant about opening up my laptop - so will have to do a bit of research into before I take the plunge.
Any recommendations of good guides as to how to install extra memory would be appreciated!
Thanks
1 Like #12
Snakebite
Any recommendations of good guides as to how to install extra memory would be appreciated! Thanks

What model do you have? If it's a Dell they have guides online as maybe do other manufacturers.
#13
So if i bought two of these i would have 4GB of RAM???? my laptop is 2GB at the mo and only 2 months old but i do like to tinker!!!
#14
Why are there so many over opinionated people on this site...??

This article is SO useful to so many readers.... A large amount of laptops were and are still being sold with Vista and leass than 2GB of ram.

If you have Vista, you will need 2GB of ram or a lot of patience.

To find out how much ram you have it's Windows Key and the Pause key (not break key as someone else said)

To find out what ram you need check your manual at the manufacturer's site or use the crucial memory finder posted above.

This ram is:

Speed: 5300 - 667mhz
Type: 200 PIN SODIMM

This is what they call generic memory which will fit 99% of laptops.

When fitting the ram make sure you shut down the laptop and not put it to sleep ot hibernate.
Take the battery out
Open the case (use the manual or open every panel till you find the ram)

As long as you don't go poking the screw driver at the circuit board like a mass killer, you'll be perfectly fine.

Fitting the ram can require some presure...

Credit to the poster of this item, it make a nice change to see someone just trying to help!
#15
Make sure your laptop can handle 4gb.
#16
I bought in Jan 09 from 7dayshop with free delivery and put it into an Acer Netbook, the one that was on affer from ASDA for £150 :-

1 x Dane-Elec Value Laptop Memory - SO-DIMM DDR2 800Mhz (PC2-6400) - 2GB - UK'S VERY BEST PRICE! = £13.99
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Sub-Total: £13.99
#17
deek72
Nice post. Well done trying to help people out.

The easiest way to find out what type of memory you need is to run this Crucial system scanner. it only takes a second or two and tells you how much and what type of ram and (it's configuration) you have installed.
http://www.crucial.com/uk/systemscanner/?click=true

Click 'download the scanner' and then select 'run'. Easy peasiness.


Odd little programme ! It correctly tells me the type of memory my laptop takes but then say I have no memory installed ??
#18
not sure
#19
a good post for people who have no idea about computers, working in support I get this all the time! Alot put off learning how to do it themselves, which will save money! They would rather go to places like PC world and get ripped off by being told "oh dont upgrade by this really expensive laptop!"

voted hot, the people who are voting cold really are missing the point in this actual post
#20
cheapo.co.uk
So if i bought two of these i would have 4GB of RAM???? my laptop is 2GB at the mo and only 2 months old but i do like to tinker!!!


You need to check if your laptop has one memory chip of 2GB or 2x1GB - if the later you can switch. But as another poster says, I believe Vista can only recognise 3GB anyway - therefore, if you have two chips, this can replace the one to give you 3GB.
1 Like #21
Snakebite
Whilst I have no idea if this deal is hot, I appreciate the post.
I have been experiencing similar performance issues with my vista laptop and as a consequence of this post am considering upgrading. I'm fairly technically minded but I'm still a bit hestitant about opening up my laptop - so will have to do a bit of research into before I take the plunge.
Any recommendations of good guides as to how to install extra memory would be appreciated!
Thanks


Don't be scared - from what I can tell, prety much all laptops have a removable panel on the bottom that allows access to the memory chip(s). You just go in there and pull them out (might have a plastic catch or something like mine did).

Key thing is to ensure you're buying compatible stuff. Use one of the programmes listed in the thread, or google your laptop name and "compatible memory".
#22
use crucial.co.uk to determine what type of memory you have then search your laptop/desktop on youtube or google and search how to replace it. so many resources online use them.
#23
moneyshot
You need to check if your laptop has one memory chip of 2GB or 2x1GB - if the later you can switch. But as another poster says, I believe Vista can only recognise 3GB anyway - therefore, if you have two chips, this can replace the one to give you 3GB.


correct, however if you have a 64bit copy of vista (click start > right click my computer > properties and look for the bit that says xx-bit operating system with xx being either 32 or 64) you can have over 4gb ram installed providing the laptop/motherboard supports 4gb+ ram.
#24
How critical is it to keep the makes of the memory the same ?

I've a Dell Studio 1737 with 3 gig, should I buy 1 stick of 2 gig and take out the 1 gig, or change the whole lot for 2x2 gig of the same make ??
#25
steve1221
How critical is it to keep the makes of the memory the same ?

I've a Dell Studio 1737 with 3 gig, should I buy 1 stick of 2 gig and take out the 1 gig, or change the whole lot for 2x2 gig of the same make ??


FWIW, I only replaced one of two sticks - both are different makes, and it works fine and shows 2.5GB. However, consider that a case study rather than a definitive statement from someone who knows the facts.....
#26
steve1221
How critical is it to keep the makes of the memory the same ?

I've a Dell Studio 1737 with 3 gig, should I buy 1 stick of 2 gig and take out the 1 gig, or change the whole lot for 2x2 gig of the same make ??


just bear in mind that if you upgrade to 4gb ram, you will need to have a 64bit operating system installed otherwise 32bit operating systems can only see up to 3.25gb ram.

if you run vista, see my last post in this thread to see if you have a 32bit or 64 bit copy installed
#27
I've got vista 32 bit installed, but I thought that the memory (to get the best out of it) had to be install with the same amount in each slot, or am I wrong there ?
I did think it was a bit odd that Dell ship it with a 2 gig stick and a 1 gig stick if that slows the system (but it is Dell after all !!).
#28
Good post for the non computer experts.

FYI

Vista and XP 32bit can see all 4 gig if it is installed, but the OS can only address (ie use) a maximum of 4gig and this includes all extra memory like Graphics etc, so generally it can only use 3.5gig of RAM.

The RAM can be of different makes and difference sizes because generally Laptop ram doesnt run in dual channel mode (like Desktops) which requires same size and make.

Generally laptops have easy access to one of their RAM slots for upgrading, but often have the second slot hidden away which is hard to get to.
#29
You occasionally find short videos on Youtube showing you how to do a ram upgrade on various laptops. Worth a look just to see what is involved, type your laptop model into youtube and see what's there.
#30
Most modern laptops will have TWO memory slots. When you buy the laptop it may have ONE or TWO of those filled that's why it's recommended to double-check what you already have.

If you have a modern laptop and TWO memory slots it is usually OPTIMAL to fill both slots with IDENTICAL memory cards.

The Crucial UK website as well as the less than perfect, but still useful, software tool, also has an online pop-down "Crucial Memory Advisor™ tool" which can advise, including the MINIMUM specs required.

If you know something about the topic then the cpu-id freeware utility will do a great job of interrogating your existing memory slots and their contents in glorious technical multi-gobbledygook. Google cpu-id to find it.
#31
This is a really useful thread so thanks to the OP. I've just added two 2gb memory modules to my vostro 1700. If anyone else is going to update this model you'll find one slot on the back of the laptop as you would expect, but the other slot is hidden away underneath the keyboard. It sounds tricky, but it only took me ten minutes to update both slots and I'm hardly a computer engineer.

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