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A RAM question - can someone help???

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Hi, I recently bought a Compaq Mini 702EA. It's fantastic by the way in case anyone was thinking of a netbook! But it only had 1GB ram when I bought it - DDR2 PC5300 DDR2-800 So I bought a ne… Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi,

I recently bought a Compaq Mini 702EA. It's fantastic by the way in case anyone was thinking of a netbook!

But it only had 1GB ram when I bought it - DDR2 PC5300 DDR2-800

So I bought a new chip from ebay. Unbranded: 2GB, DDR2 PC5300, DDR2-667 (ebay item number-110374700831). And then I also installed some updates on windows XP.

When I restarted everything I felt that windows explorer was running really slowly.

So I'm wondering whether it's because my RAM is slower? Does anyone think this might be the case and if so should I replace the existing chip with a 2GB DDR-2 800MHZ chip? Or do you think it wouldn't make much of a difference and maybe it's just a problem with explorer?

Any advice would be much appreciated!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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the chip is slower than the original e.g. the original is 800mhz while the new is 667mhz

if im upgrading my ram i always replace like for like and always go for a named brand (more reliability)

does the laptop accept the 2GB, check in windows ... to my computer, right click and then choose properties and it should say something like 2GB ram etc

a lot of netbooks only accept 1.5GB of memory, so i would check yours doesn't have this restriction
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Chances are, your motherboard isn't capable of running RAM at 800MHz anyway. Only the higher end of Intel chipsets are capable of such a feat, and the sort of boad that comes in the sort of system that comes with only a gig of RAM probably won't be one of them. It's simple to diagnose the issue. Reboot first, try the system again just to make sure it's not after-update processes going on, if it still feels slow, replace the new module with the old one. If it feels faster, put the new one back in and try again. If you're sure that the slowness is caused by the 2GB module, run Memtest x86 on it to diagnose if tere are any problems with the RAM itself, and perhaps do a BIOS update on the system in case there;s an issue there. PC5300 and PC6400 RAM performs pretty much inperceivably apart from each other, so it's probably not that.
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Hi thanks for the reply. Yeah it does accept 2GB - I can see it has 1.99GB in the 'properties' area of my computer.

Do you think it really needs to be 800mhz RAM? Would it make a huge difference?
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I would think it should make too much difference. The memory you bought may have a slower latency, but it should make a huge impact, plus the fact you doubled your memory should make everything faster regardless the response time. Is it just explorer running slow, or your laptop in general?

First I would check that the memory was installed correctly. (right click on my computer and choose manage)
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Hi thanks for the reply. Yeah it does accept 2GB - I can see it has 1.99GB in the 'properties' area of my computer.

Do you think it really needs to be 800mhz RAM? Would it make a huge difference?


the speed of the ram isnt essential but as you have doubled the ram, it has no reason to be slower....

reboot the laptop again and see if that helps ... also maybe allow more memory cache
#6
Hi all,.

I just installed firefox and rebooted and everything seems to be working great with this browser! Explorer is still slow but I don't usually use it anyway.

Many thanks to everyone who posted. I've left some feedback/reputation for your all!
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Hi all,.

I just installed firefox and rebooted and everything seems to be working great with this browser! Explorer is still slow but I don't usually use it anyway.

Many thanks to everyone who posted. I've left some feedback/reputation for your all!


you on about windows explorer or internet explorer? if the latter clear the cache & temp files

if the first, then maybe try defragging the hd
#8
cool! i was talking about IE. will do that! and will also increase the cache on my ram as someone suggested though not quite sure how or why! :) thanks again.,
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cool! i was talking about IE. will do that! and will also increase the cache on my ram as someone suggested though not quite sure how or why! :) thanks again.,


it should be in the control panel somewhere..... basically the more memory it can cache into then the less it will need to store it in the hard drive :thumbsup:

i would only do this if the laptop doesn't get any quicker ... normally upgrading the ram means you don't need to do this (it would be ideal on pc's that can only have limited memory)
#10
Run some ram benchmarks tests to see the difference in chips. IMO 1gb is enough for xp on a netbook.

http://www.benchmarkhq.ru/english.html?/be_memory.html
#11
initial slowness may come from the fact windows tries to set aside as much disk space for swap file usage as you have ram, increasing the boot time a bit.
Set the swapfile(in system properties/advance/performance) to disabled rare to need anymore ram thatn 2gb on a netbook

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