RAM upgrade not all seen

Hp-compq / PRESARIO V2000
March 15, 2009 at 17:26:00
Specs: Windows XP
I just added 512mb to my Presario V2000, after struggling for years with 256MB. I moved the 256 to the bottom slot and put the 512 in the top. Runs much better now but says I only have 512mb, so I think it's not seeing the 256 card. I looked in BIOS, which says I have 512MB but doesn't seem to provide a way to change it. In general, the BIOS doesn't let you change much, just bootup order and one or two other things.

Is there a way to get the full memory seen? Thanks.

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March 15, 2009 at 17:55:04
try just the 512? try switching slots? post a link to where you purchased from.


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March 15, 2009 at 18:25:25
Uh, I found out on further inspection that I hadn't seated the lower (256) properly. Kind of tricky and delicate when one hasn't done it before, which is my case. Thank you so much. I think I just needed someone to say it's not a setting but is automatically recognized.

If now I could figure out how to make my battery last longer than 50 minutes I might start to really get some use out of this thing. (I know I could get the 12 cell, but 100 minutes doesn't seem all that long either.)

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March 15, 2009 at 19:43:35
Why would you double what you're getting from what I presume is a battery that's old enough it should have been replaced by now to determine how long a NEW battery with twice the capacity would last?

If your battery is more than two years old, and if you need the run time to be as long as possible, you probably need a new battery.
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I have replaced 2 for others, one in a Compaq, the other in a HP, with a clone 12 cell battery. At just under and just over two years, the original 6 cell battery was crappy by that time.

You don't necessarily have to get the HP/Compaq one - in fact they don't list a 12 cell one for your model - there are lots of clones out there - just search the web with 12 cell and your laptop model number. HP warranties theirs for only a year, all of them are made in china, so any clone that has a 1 year warranty is just as good.

You can get a clone 12 cell for a lot less than a HP 6 cell.

Depending on which 12 cell battery and what individual cells it uses and how much current your latop requires you get as much as 6 hours run time when it's new.

The 12 cell ones protrude from the battery slot about 5/8" at the back rather than being flush to the case, and their enclosure is slanted so the laptop rests on the battery at the back and the bottom front of the case at the front .

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March 15, 2009 at 21:19:57
Six hours would be great, but:

I haven't really used the computer all that much. Maybe over the 3-4 years I've had it, I would estimate less than 100 hours. Can age alone affect it's holding capacity? And I think it never lasted very long, although I haven't made any systematic tests. Thanks for your response.

It really is pertinent because I've already ordered an ASUS 1000he, partly because of a complicated scheme where my wife would replace her ancient desktop which can't really use XP with the V2000 and I would get the ASUS. But I bought a fast used desktop for her today, so I'm thinking of sending back the ASUS unopened if I can convince myself that I like this V2000. (Probably a lot more than you want to know about my reasoning and situation, but anyway....) The ASUS is more compact, of course, but what really gets me about the V2000 is having to always hook up the power supply wherever I use it. By the way, it seems quite snappy with the 768 mb RAM.

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