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    Adding RAM to a Laptop worth it?

    Hi all

    I have a Sony VAIO VGN-FS315E laptop

    It's great i have had it for 2 years and it is still going strong. It can be a bit slow to boot up sometimes, freezes sometimes but nothing that makes it too bad.

    It currently has 512mb memory. it can take 2gb and I found out that this would cost c£50 to get the max 2gb memory.

    Anyway - would it be worth it to add to the memory? would the performance really be a lot better?

    thanks

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    Yup, it would be worth it, have a scout around for the best price and make sure its compatible with your laptop.

    Im sure some of the experts will post here.

    Download Belarc Advisor (it's free!), & it will tell you what type of RAM you already have.

    It would be worthwhile opening up your laptop to see how many slots you have. If you have only 1 then you'll need to replace the memory stick that's already in there; if you have 2 then you can leave the original one in there if you want & just add another one.

    Yes definantly. 2GB is nice, but at least 1GB is a must.

    My laptop shipped with 512mb. I upgraded it to 1gb within a month and was very pleased. Then a few months ago I ripped them out and stuck in 2gb, the performance increase I gained was nothing short of astounding.

    I suspect that the matching pairs which allowed me to run in dual channel mode further improved the leap in performance.

    ciaozammer

    i have had it for 2 years



    It's definitely due for a rebuild as well then if you haven't done so already

    Original Poster

    leefal

    Don't quote me on this but this RAM may work on your laptop.Kingston 1GB … Don't quote me on this but this RAM may work on your laptop.Kingston 1GB DDR2 667MHz / PC2-5300 - £17.99 inc VAT£36 for two sticks then delivery on top of that. Not bad.




    thanks for this - i don't know how to make sure it will work though plus on that link it says desktop memory.
    i went to a few other sites (offtek & laptopshop) and you search for the laptop model and then it tells you which one will fit.

    that is a good price you found though - thanks

    I opened up the back and there are 2 slots (they currently have 2 x 256)

    Original Poster

    what's a rebuild?

    ciaozammer

    I opened up the back and there are 2 slots (they currently have 2 x 256)




    I don't think a 2yr old laptop is going to have a motherboard that supports 667mhz RAM. More likely to be 333 or 400.

    I buy all my RAM at Crucial, try their system scanner it should give you the right RAM options.
    crucial.com/uk/

    It's not worth replacing all your ram as I guess you are using xp. Buy a 1Gb to replace one 256 mb. This will work in your system.
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    ciaozammer

    thanks for this - i don't know how to make sure it will work though plus … thanks for this - i don't know how to make sure it will work though plus on that link it says desktop memory.i went to a few other sites (offtek & laptopshop) and you search for the laptop model and then it tells you which one will fit.that is a good price you found though - thanksI opened up the back and there are 2 slots (they currently have 2 x 256)




    It is for a desktop, my bad. :oops:

    Try one of these ebuyer.com/cat…300

    Yeah, RAM on a laptop is more important than on a PC as laptop hard drives are generally slower. The more RAM you have, the less virtual memory on your hard drive, which is virtual RAM so it slows down your programs.

    Original Poster

    thank you all very much - i am going to get the 1x 1gb memory from crucial to start with.

    thank you all so much!

    Sorry to jump in on this post, but I am also thinking about upgrading the ram on my Acer Aspire. I currently have 2x512mb installed and was thinking about upgrading to 2x1gb. I have both XP and Vista installed, so would I see any difference if I did this?

    I used the Crucial memory advisor and it gave me these 2 options:

    1) 2GB kit (1GBx2) DDR2 PC2-5300 • CL=5 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-667 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64

    2) 2GB kit (1GBx2) DDR2 PC2-4200 • CL=4 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR2-533 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64

    Could someone please explain in laymans terms which option is best? They are both the same price.

    Many thanks in advance!! :thumbsup:

    Banned

    Yep, and the first one is better, a bit faster

    Hope that is layman enough

    soupy

    Yep, and the first one is better, a bit faster :)Hope that is layman … Yep, and the first one is better, a bit faster :)Hope that is layman enough



    faster ram is not always worth it. i got faster ram for my dell after dell told me it would work aat the quicker speed. it doesnt. I guess you match the speed of your ram to the FSB of your cpu.

    Banned

    Some lappies are bad for memory upgrades & compatability...It's a Dell, say no more :giggle:

    soupy

    Yep, and the first one is better, a bit faster :)Hope that is layman … Yep, and the first one is better, a bit faster :)Hope that is layman enough



    Definitely layman enough for me. Thanks. :thumbsup:

    shanecr

    faster ram is not always worth it. i got faster ram for my dell after … faster ram is not always worth it. i got faster ram for my dell after dell told me it would work aat the quicker speed. it doesnt. I guess you match the speed of your ram to the FSB of your cpu.



    That'll be Dell's sales department for you. I'd only get another ban if I describe them with the only words I can find that aptly befits them. Clueless monkeys the lot of them.

    Along witht the RAM upgrade, you might like to do a fresh install. If you've been using it for 2 years then there'll be a lot of clutter on your machine, and a fresh install will speed things up nicely.

    Banned

    If it's working ok, why trash & re-setup?
    Just do a clean of junk files, make a backup & u r good to go

    soupy

    If it's working ok, why trash & re-setup?Just do a clean of junk files, … If it's working ok, why trash & re-setup?Just do a clean of junk files, make a backup & u r good to go



    No matter how good a job you do of unistalling all the ****, running a reg cleaner and deleting your temp files you won't be able to do any where near as good a job as a fresh install.

    It only takes a couple of hours these days as you can get all the missing drivers through Windows Update and backing up your data is easy with external HDDs or CD and DVD writers.

    I would recommend a fresh install at least once a year depending on what you use your computer for...

    ciaozammer

    what's a rebuild?



    See above post ^^^

    A fresh install of your operating system basically...

    Greg

    No matter how good a job you do of unistalling all the ****, running a … No matter how good a job you do of unistalling all the ****, running a reg cleaner and deleting your temp files you won't be able to do any where near as good a job as a fresh install.It only takes a couple of hours these days as you can get all the missing drivers through Windows Update and backing up your data is easy with external HDDs or CD and DVD writers.I would recommend a fresh install at least once a year depending on what you use your computer for...




    Hm, then it's a safe bet that I would never hire you.

    You can't get all your drivers back through WindowsUpdate. That is simply untrue. You don't "back up" your data by putting it on DVDR, you move it elsewhere. It doesn't take 'a couple of hours', unless you are only counting the act of reinstaling Windows and patching it back up. It can take weeks to bring a system back to its previous state after a reinstall. Important data *will* be lost. Performance will be little / no different, once all the apps and drivers have been reinstalled. There is no point in reinstalling Windows unless there's a very good reason for it, and a data on a calendar marked "Oh, migth as well reinstall Windows this date" isn't one that's good enough to cut it.

    shanecr

    faster ram is not always worth it. i got faster ram for my dell after … faster ram is not always worth it. i got faster ram for my dell after dell told me it would work aat the quicker speed. it doesnt. I guess you match the speed of your ram to the FSB of your cpu.



    You're right. It also depends on the speed of the FSB of your motherboard.

    Another thing, is if for example your motherboard supports 667mhz, and your existing ram is only 533, if you buy 667mhz ram to run alongside the 533, it'll underclock itself to run at the lower speed

    G

    dxx

    It can take weeks to bring a system back to its previous state after a … It can take weeks to bring a system back to its previous state after a reinstall.

    It takes me about 5 hours to reinstall windows and all of my software. Not weeks.

    dxx

    Important data *will* be lost.

    Only if you don't back it up correctly.

    dxx

    Performance will be little / no different, once all the apps and drivers … Performance will be little / no different, once all the apps and drivers have been reinstalled. There is no point in reinstalling Windows unless there's a very good reason for it, and a data on a calendar marked "Oh, migth as well reinstall Windows this date" isn't one that's good enough to cut it.

    That is simply not true. Your computer will run more smoothly after a fresh install. Years of installing & uninstalling junk can massively slow down your operating system. Also defragmenting never 100% defragments the drive, and clearing temp files is no substitute for a complete wiping of the system.

    I don't want to get into a huge debate about this here. However, if someone is going to the effort to buy new RAM to physically install into the laptop, then they most likely will have the ability to reinstall windows and their software. They will also most likely benefit from a fresh install, as there is a problem with the current setup (i.e. slow).

    This is not simply "reinstalling it for the sake of it".

    Agree with Mark ^^^ - Do a fresh install, its makes a world of differance. I do it about once every 3 months.

    Banned

    No need to keep re-installing, just use imaging software when it's running smooth with everything you want installed, then make the image and keep it safe.

    Keep the O/S on one partition and the data & settings on another. then when you need to re-image it only takes minutes with all the programmes already setup and customized and no loss of anything.

    you just need to use the right tools for cleaning the windows system, like using a live cd to get at the files that are locked or undeletable while in the O/S.

    My systems been running good for 2yrs+
    May have just hexed myself there and need to re-image :giggle:

    Original Poster

    thanks all
    I got the 2gb ram from crucial and it is working great. was easy to install and yes it is faster. ordered saturday night - delivered today. pretty good!

    thank you to everyone who helped me out.
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