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Latitude X1 - 2GB RAM?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by ntsf, Nov 11, 2007.

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  1. ntsf

    ntsf Newbie

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    The maximum upgrade for the Latitude X1 is listed as 1GB DDR2. If I install a 2GB DDR2 module, what are the odds of it operating correctly?

    Thanks.
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Buy it somewhere it's easy to return.
     
  3. adinu

    adinu I pwn teh n00bs.

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    Excess ram doesn't just "go away" and only use what the max is. If you put more than it's allowed, your computer just wont boot. Plus, why would you pay a lot more for a 2gb stick if you can't use it all?
     
  4. philfna

    philfna Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    Use a memory configurator from Kingston or Simpletech and you'll see what your machine will accept. I agree with adinu why get something that won't work when you can easily see what does.
     
  5. pure

    pure Newbie

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    I am also interested in trying this. Could it be that they specified 1024 as the maximum upgrade because at the the time when the x1 was released there were no 2gb modules? To bad that i dont have any to try with
     
  6. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    It's an interesting question. The X1 has the Intel 915GMS chipset. The Intel datasheet says the 915PM chipset supports up to 2GB and it does not indicate any difference in the total RAM supported by the 915GMS although the latter chipset is only single channel.

    Slightly relevant is that the Intel 945GMS chipset in my Sony G11 does support a 2GB module. In fact it recognises both a 2GB module and 512MB of on-board RAM but can only address 2GB (I don't know which 2GB) although Sony lists a maximum of 1.5GB for that model. It seems that the only way to find out the answer for the X1 is for someone with access to a 2GB SODIMM is to try it.

    John
     
  7. ivar

    ivar Notebook Deity

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    Someone has tried it already?

    While running virtual machines on my Latitude X1 the idea also came to my mind recently. However, it is quite difficult to get 2GB DDR2-533 SODIMM here and return (the best way is to ebay from USA but then it is not practical to return because of the mail costs).

    I googled for the answer a little bit but this thread seems to be the only discussion of the possibility on the net.
     
  8. ivar

    ivar Notebook Deity

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    Maybe this thread should be moved to Dell specific forum to get more response from those who actually have the notebook?
     
  9. mofi

    mofi Newbie

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    Yes I can confirm that a 2gb ddr2 installed in a latitude x1 did infact get recognized without any problems.

    and they've gotten a bit cheeper lately
     
  10. ahl395

    ahl395 Ahlball

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    It usually wont harm the computer to put in too much, like said, it usually just doesnt boot. But anyway, just buy a 1GB stick. If you need 2, then its time to look for a new PC.
     
  11. mofi

    mofi Newbie

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    2 gb is recognized as 2 gb (the built in 256 mb is ignored) .. 2gb can be found for about $35-45 .. new laptop runs .. what $400 and up?

    note ... I really love this old laptop (primarily because of weight at 2.5 lbs) and I'm sure at some point it will just be like keeping up an old car .. ya know sometimes you just have to do it. I've also considered buying a spare on ebay and possibly shaving some weight off of it .. just for fun.

    I'm putting an ssd drive in the latitude x1 soon as well. (replacing the 4200 rpm 1.8" toshiba drive)

    plus when this old laptop wears out .. guess what I have a nice 2gb stick for that new laptop and an ssd drive.
     
  12. ivar

    ivar Notebook Deity

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  13. pure

    pure Newbie

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    I can also confirm that 2gb works. Bought it today and as mofi said the 256mb of internal memmory is ignored.

    So now i have a dell x1 with 2gb of ram and a 16gb of samsung ssd .. that kicks eee pc's *** :)
     
  14. richardjay

    richardjay Newbie

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    What kind of RAM chip are you guys using ?? I just bought a 2gig Kingston SODIMM, installed it but immediately got a memory read/write error when I turn the machine on. It won't even get to the BIOS screen.

    I bought a KVR533D2S4/2G chip.
     
  15. TonyCzar

    TonyCzar Notebook Enthusiast

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    Transcend 2GB SO-DIMM 2048MB DDR2 PC2-5300 CL5 (667MHz)

    http://ec.transcendusa.com/product/ItemDetail.asp?ItemID=TS256MSQ64V6U
     
  16. jrinco11

    jrinco11 Notebook Enthusiast

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    what kind of battery life are you getting??
     
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