upgrading ram in a laptop 2gig to 3gig

Acer Aspire 5920-6582 notebook
August 31, 2011 at 22:58:01
Specs: Vista, 2.0ghz 2gig RAM
I am considering upgrading my memory in a Dell Inspiron 1525 from two single 1 gig chips to either 3 gig (1x1gig & 1x2gig) or go all the way to 2x2gig, but have been told that I could run into trouble with two different sized chips if I only upgrade to 3gig. I have also been told that windows 32bit will only use up to 3gig anyway.

So can anyone tell me the best way to go? thanks


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#1
September 1, 2011 at 00:32:55
Go to www.crucial.com and run their memory advisor tool - it will tell you what memory is compatible with your laptop. There is no problem in having 1gig and 2gig chips alongside each other, it's whether they have the same characteristics that is the important part - that's where Crucial will help.

With 32bit Vista you can upgrade to 4Gb, as long as your laptop's motherboard can take it, but the operating system will only make use of about 3.3Gb of that. (4Gb is the maximum that can be accessed by 32bit Windows, but you lose the rest due to the way Windows uses the memory).

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#2
September 1, 2011 at 03:01:09
Thanks for info, very helpful, In your opinion would you upgrade to 4gig when windows cant use the extra 1 gig or the major portion of it?

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#3
September 1, 2011 at 04:41:25
Depends on how much the extra gig would cost - you wouldn't notice a lot of difference in performance.

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