How to expand on RAM

December 31, 2010 at 09:09:38
Specs: Windows XP, 256
I have an HP Pavillion laptop and want to increase the memory. The laptop has an expansion slot and I know the motherboard supports upto 1Gb of RAM. I have not done this before and would appreciate some guidance.
Are the expansion slots normally a plug in facility? Does the new RAM chip take over from the existing chip on the motherboard?
Once the new chip is fitted in the expansion slot does it automatically start to work when Windows is started?
Do I have to add a RAM chips to the existing RAM chip on the motherboard to make the supported 1Gb of memory?
Or can I just put a 1Gb chip into the expansion slot?

Appreciate any help given!

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December 31, 2010 at 09:20:33
You can just add a 1 gig or two 512's if ya want. If the ram is compatible it should be recognized on the next boot. Go to and run the scanner to see what type it will use. You don't have to buy it there, but it will be a start.Yes it just snaps into the slots.

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December 31, 2010 at 11:29:55
Thanks took the advice and used the crucial scanner. Have a good idea now of what chips are compatible.

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December 31, 2010 at 12:13:24
Good Luck and Happy New year !!

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