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Dell D430 3GB ram?

Discussion in 'Dell Latitude, Vostro, and Precision' started by white_dc5, Jul 2, 2008.

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  1. white_dc5

    white_dc5 Newbie

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    Dell states that the max ram for the D430 model is 2GB (1GB onboard + 1GB slot). Although, I have read that the chipset supports up to 4GB..would it be possible for me to purchase a 2GB card to replace the 1GB and achieve 3GB total RAM?

    I have googled and it seems as if a person has claimed to have accomplished this. Just wanted to confirm...anyone know for sure?
     
  2. Andy

    Andy Notebook Prophet

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    if you do have a vacant slot apart from the onboard ram, go for the 2gig ram, since the i945GM can support upto 2GB in each bank..!!
    But if it makes your system unstable, you would be getting BSODs all the time, since it mainly depends upon the BIOS, whether the extra ram will be supported or not....
     
  3. white_dc5

    white_dc5 Newbie

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    Yea theoretically the 945GM can support 4GB, but has anyone seen the D430 use 3GB with no problems?
     
  4. X2P

    X2P I♥COOLING | NBR Super Mod

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    Exactly, the chipset can support it while the mother board doesnt.;)
     
  5. white_dc5

    white_dc5 Newbie

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    So you're saying it won't work?
     
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    ijwk Newbie

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    i tried it with ddr2 pc2-5400 and it did not work. I put the ram in the 630 and it was able to accept the additional ram.

    the 430 is a great laptop but needs more ram.
     
  7. JasonPearsall

    JasonPearsall Newbie

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    it works, but you have to update your bios to a06
     
  8. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The D430 uses a lower power (and lower capable) chipset. It only supports 1GB per slot, up to 2GB max.

    I've tried it. If you put in a stick larger than 1GB, the laptop will not boot.
     
  9. JasonPearsall

    JasonPearsall Newbie

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    Greg is correct. The D-430 is incapable of supporting 3gbs of ram even if the bios is updated to the newest version, A07. The screen lights up but remains blink and will not load. If anyone has figured out a way to upgrade the Ram, please let me know.
     
  10. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    This is a CHIPSET LIMITATION and it cannot be overcome. 2GB will ALWAYS be the maximum the D430 can support.

    It isn't the BIOS holding it down. The hardware itself cannot have more than 2GB accessible.

    Dell's BIOS just check to see if more than 2GB is installed, and hangs if true.
     
  11. billw1768

    billw1768 Notebook Geek

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    Whats the full info on yours?
    I have my Dell D820 in my sig.Like the big brother of the 430/420.
    I love the WUXGA screen in mine but i was thinking of getting a smaller system for on the road.
     
  12. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    giadzich, please post your item for sale in the NBR Marketplace and abide by the rules there.
     
  13. giadzich

    giadzich Newbie

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    I saw many guys are selling 4GB (2x1) memory for D430 on eBay, but none of them could confirm that the D430 can be upgraded to 4GB. I don't know if anybody here actually tested or just speculation that it doesn't support it (the truth from Dell specs, is 2GB max)?
     
  14. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    The D430 has the 945GMS chipset (see the Dell specs PDF file here). The 945GMS has only a single memory channel supporting a maximum 2GB RAM (see Intel data sheet).

    However, I was able to run the Sony G11 with 2.5GB (512MB on board plus 2GB in the slot, but could only use 2GB. As noted above, the Dell BIOS appears to detect if there is more than 2GB on board and then refuses to boot.

    John
     
  15. iThink

    iThink Notebook Enthusiast

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    i wanted to upgrade the ram on mine
    but i won't go through the trouble at
    the moment

    would just wait for my new computer
     
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    mikeyharm Notebook Geek

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    Whats interesting, is that while I've had the same experience as everyone else on here with a 2GB SODIMM in the slot and the non-booting screen, I have had strange success with the D420 (which has the same config, but only 512MB onboard) and on that machine, I can insert a 2GB chip and get 2.5GB in Windows and the BIOS with the latest BIOS updates.
     
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