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WTD - 1gb (2x 512mb) DDR Laptop RAM £10.00

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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months agoFeedback:25 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
As title. Currently have an old laptop with 512mb (2x 256mb) PC2700 DDR RAM which I've always thought was a bit low considering its P4 2.8ghz CPU and the fact that the GPU shares system RAM.

So does anyone have a couple of sticks of old DDR laptop RAM for sale? Will consider higher capacities than 1gb, depending on what people have - and also DDR2 RAM if that will step down to work in a DDR slot.

Obviously, if I find some RAM, the old RAM will be for sale so if anyone would be interested, please let me know. Part exchange is a possibility, although I can't see why anyone would want to do that!
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7y, 6m agoPosted 7 years, 6 months agoFeedback:25 Positive/0 Neutral/0 Negative
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#1
have a crack at putting ubuntu on

my old lappy for the bairns is about your spec or even a bit older and it is GREAT with ubuntu, with surprisingly decent graphics performance
#3
Just FYI DDR2 will not fit in DDR1 sockets so you will definitely need to find some DDR1.
512mb sticks of pc2700 ddr1 sodimms arent that cheap either, about £13 for a single stick most places.
#4
scrumpypaul
have a crack at putting ubuntu on

my old lappy for the bairns is about your spec or even a bit older and it is GREAT with ubuntu, with surprisingly decent graphics performance

There's a thought... :thinking:
Haven't really looking into Ubuntu before and it's my girlfriend's laptop, so I'm not sure if it will run everything she needs it for, but I might give it a shot. At the moment I keep having to reinstall XP on it every few weeks because it keeps having some disastrous problem like BSOD or certain programs just no longer load. I was trying to put Vista on it but it keeps freezing during setup and I have no idea why. I've had it in pieces to clean the dust out and put fresh thermal paste on and it seems to be running cooler now but it hasn't fixed any of the problems. I'm giving XP one last chance and then I'll try Ubuntu!

imafish2002
Just FYI DDR2 will not fit in DDR1 sockets so you will definitely need to find some DDR1.
512mb sticks of pc2700 ddr1 sodimms arent that cheap either, about £13 for a single stick most places.

Thanks for putting me straight on that, wasn't sure. Sadly that means I can't buy your RAM, balabangla! And I know, I've seen the prices! More than I paid for 2gb sticks of DDR2 RAM for my own laptop! That's why I'm now looking on eBay and here.
#5
If it keeps having to be reinstalled I would do a full hard disk scan. It sounds like it may be working fine for installing and a few weeks worth of data but once it hits a bad sector it is crapping out.
#6
i faffed and faffed and faffed with xp, reinstalling it, more faff, blah blah blah

in the end i took the plunge and set up ubuntu

if my 8 and 10 yr olds can get to grips with it anyone can

they're proficient with t' internet (firefox - easy peasy) and use the included word and graphical progs with no trouble

give it a go

installs in about 25 mins
#7
imafish2002
If it keeps having to be reinstalled I would do a full hard disk scan. It sounds like it may be working fine for installing and a few weeks worth of data but once it hits a bad sector it is crapping out.

Just what I was thinking. I've just reinstalled XP and am now running Check Disk. I'll be running other hard drive utilities after that to see if they come up with anything.

scrumpypaul
i faffed and faffed and faffed with xp, reinstalling it, more faff, blah blah blah

in the end i took the plunge and set up ubuntu

if my 8 and 10 yr olds can get to grips with it anyone can

they're proficient with t' internet (firefox - easy peasy) and use the included word and graphical progs with no trouble

give it a go

installs in about 25 mins

Yeah, I've installed XP hundreds of times on all the computers I have. I know people speak ill of Vista but personally I've found it far more stable and have only ever had to install it once on each of my computers. It's just that I can't get it to install on this old laptop (it won't even install over XP). I've downloaded Ubuntu so I'll definitely be trying it out either on this old laptop or my own.
#8
Bump - can anyone help me out with some RAM?

As for the laptop's freezing issues, I've run the Hitachi hard drive testing utility on it, and it didn't find any problems. I also did a low level format (which took over 12 hours on a 60gb HD!). I ran Memtest on it overnight and no errors cropped up. Yet it's still freezing! I can't even get Vista to install from disk as it freezes at the language selection screen. XP installs and runs long enough to install some drivers but then starts to freeze. I tried Ubuntu on it this morning and even that froze after a while! Not sure what else it could be, but either way I'd still like to upgrade the RAM on it if anyone has some for sale...
#9
you could just be having overheating issues
#10
dude786
you could just be having overheating issues


I thought about that - I've disassembled the laptop, cleaned it out and replaced the stock thermal paste with some Arctic Silver 5. It's now running noticably cooler than before but still having the same freezing/hanging issues.

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