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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-22-2009, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid question

I am wanting to upgrade the RAM in my laptop because its running slow as shit. Anyways my question is, do I have to back anything up when I swap out the new RAM? Thanks.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-22-2009, 06:44 PM
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Nope plug and play.
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no, but try doing a disk clean up, defrag, and remove all of your temp files first.

You might find that it runs better

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no, but try doing a disk clean up, defrag, and remove all of your temp files first.

You might find that it runs better
I have done everything. Deleted programs I dont use, temp files, cache, files, defrag, etc. I keep getting the page memory full, and no memory script closing messages. Time for an upgrade!

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You might wanna find out what your m/b is capable of first. Some can only handle 2 or 3 gigs. Some can only go as high as ddr2. Check your specs is all i'm saying.

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Well I have 504MB currently, and the one Im looking at it says will fit my computer which is a Dell Inspiron Laptop. Its a 4GB stick, so its quite a bit of difference.

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Figure out if it's dual channel memory, if so you need to buy 2x2GB RAM sticks instead of 1x4GB.
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Figure out if it's dual channel memory, if so you need to buy 2x2GB RAM sticks instead of 1x4GB.
I actually looked at it again, and its only 2GB. I made a mistake. I did a Google search and this came up so I suppose it will work since its specifically for my computer. Heres the product description:
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2GB DDR2 SDRAM DIMM Upgrade for Dell Inspiron E1705 Laptop Computer Memory (RAM)

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Go to http://www.crucial.com and run there memory program. They are a major RAM manufacturer and there program will scan your computer and tell you what your options are for memory (how many memory slots you have, what your max memory is, etc) and even quote you a price. You do not have to buy from them but they are pretty reasonable.




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a step up from 500MB to 2G will really be noticeable and should help.

Im sure you are also doing spyware checks to make sure nothing is gobbling up memory? Some spyware and trojans can seriously suck up memory usage.

IMO, web browsers can be a huge hog if you leave the computer running with web pages open.
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Figure out if it's dual channel memory, if so you need to buy 2x2GB RAM sticks instead of 1x4GB.
That's what I did in my 2002 vintage Dell Inspiron. I went with two 512MB cards in the laptop to replace the two whopping 128MB cards that originally came in it. Upgraded a slightly newer HP desktop that originally came with two 256MB cards with two 1GB cards and the change was very noticeable.
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