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Upgrading Dell studio 1737 RAM advice

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Im sure they're quite a few threads with this but i cant find them! I have a few questions that im sure you'll all know 1. Whats the best way to avoid static shocks to my computer? how would you "g… Read More
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
Im sure they're quite a few threads with this but i cant find them! I have a few questions that im sure you'll all know

1. Whats the best way to avoid static shocks to my computer? how would you "ground" yourself?

2. Would it void my warranty installing a ram upgrade?

3. whats the difference between the top two RAM sets? which one would be better to buy, it says they're both compatible

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=Studio%201737&pl=Dell&cat=RAM#
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7y, 10m agoPosted 7 years, 10 months ago
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>3. whats the difference between the top two RAM sets? which one would be better to
>buy, it says they're both compatible

Memory is measured by its speed.

These number are shown like PC2-6400 and DDR-800.

So PC6400, DDR2-800 memory is faster than PC5300, DDR2-667 memory (the higher the number the faster it goes).

Computers and laptops usually support a range of memory speeds, so you can put either the fastest memory in, or slower memory.

It is worth going for the fastest memory it supports, but you will probably not notice a huge difference in performance.

The documentation that came with your laptop will confirm the memory it supports.

This may help (see the section Specification standards)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM
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>2. Would it void my warranty installing a ram upgrade?

Laptop makers make it very easy to upgrade memory (there is usually a slot on the bottom of the laptop).

So if they make it that easy they dont consider it invalidates your warranty.
#3
>1. Whats the best way to avoid static shocks to my computer? how would you "ground" yourself?

You can either buy a wrist strap (bit over the top in this case), or I usually just touch metal (bare metal on a radiator for example)

http://www.techimo.com/forum/general-tech-discussion/79430-how-ground-yourself.html
#4
1) I tap the metal part of the power connector, or a nearby bare metal object. How good that method is I don't know, but I've never once damaged a system with static, and I've been building for over a decade

2) It depends. Dell won't support user-installed parts, but it shouldn't void your warranty. In my days at the business support line, I never hit the Delete key on anyone's warranty because they'd changed the spec, although it could be different for home systems. Probably the best thing to do is to just not tell Dell that you'd been inside the system if anything does go wrong, and return it to original spec before calling their warranty line.
#5
Buy an
Discharge Antistatic Wrist Strap Anti Static Wristband
I did leave comp pulged in but switched off at the plug then its earthed and with strap on so are you

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