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    Default How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    On HP system information it says that I can hold a max of 4GB of RAM, but when I look on online where I bought it (tigerdirect.com) it says I can only get 2GB of RAM at most in this laptop. This is leaving me very confused. How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM that I can hold for sure on this laptop? I have a Wistron 30B5 mobo and the laptop model is the HP DV2415NR (part of the DV2000 series). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    I would trust what the manufacturer (HP) says. They would know better than Tiger what their systems support.

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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    I'm betting when they say 2GB, they mean per slot. All HP laptops have 2 slots of RAM which support 2GB max for upto 4GB total. Older HP laptops won't support 2GB per slot so I would recommend to all if you aren't sure to ask before you buy. Also, never buy 4GB of RAM from HP, they charge out the #@!# for it. You can find 4GB of RAM from www.newegg.com, www.tigerdirect.com, or other internet places for around $100.

    Anyways, yes cowboyzfan, your laptop will support up to 4GB of RAM. If you have a 32bit Windows OS however, you will only be able to use about 3.2GB of it. That is a restriction of 32 bit Windows OS's. If you got a 64-bit Windows OS you would be able to use all 4GB though.

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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    The chipset in the 2400 series is only 32bit, so you will not be able to access all 4GB even if you have 64bit Windows. The system will report that it has 4GB, but it won't all be used. The limit will be somewhere in the 3GB range, so you can just get 1 2GB and 1 1GB and save a little money.
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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    I have a C700T series laptop with the T2310 processor and 965 chipset. The HP site says it will only support 2 GB ram. However, I thought the 965 chipset and the T2310 would support full use of 4 GB ram in 64 Bit Vista OS?
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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    965 does support 4BG RAM, but the 945 doesn't. The HP systems < x500 series contain the 945 chipset, so they don't support full 4GB.

    Another issue (with HP), is that originally they said it only supported 2GB, then changed it later, but lots of documentation did not get updated accordingly. Hp doesn't seem to be concerned with those kinds of discrepancies.
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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    @orev:

    Unfortunately, most manufacturers aren't overly concerned with those specifications. Generally, the first-run specification is all you ever get, so if a notebook was released when the largest SODIMM was 512 MB, it's entirely possible that the notebook can use 1 GB, or even 2 GB SODIMMs, but the manufacturer's spec sheet will never change to reflect this.

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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    Thanks everyone! I'm gonna get 4 gigs from newegg whenever I get paid. More is better...especially with Vista.

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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    Yeah my DV9548ca supposedly couldn't support 4 GB, but when I tried it, it worked great. Some of the documentation wasn't updated from HP. If you have the 945 chipset it will NOT support it, but if you have the 965, it WILL support it.
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    Default Re: How can I find out the maximum amount of RAM my laptop can hold?

    Nevermind, you guys were referring to the other guy.
    Last edited by cowboyzfan; 12th January 2008 at 12:43 AM.

 

 
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