[Q] RAM Upgrade for Sony Vaio FS740/W

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  1. strangesweet

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    Hi,
    I'm looking to upgrade an old Vaio sitting around.

    I bought 2 x 1GB PC3200 RAM from eBay but after opening up this laptop, I noticed that my VAIO RAM is small (about half sized of regular stick RAM).

    Could anyone direct me to a URL page where I could buy this sized RAM? I'm looking for 2 x 1GB RAM, preferably Samsung, but I guess brand name doesn't matter at this point since it's hard to find this sized RAM.

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    Left is the RAM I bought from eBay and the RAM on my laptop is the RAM for my VAIO.

    Amazon.com: Sony VAIO VGN-FS740/W 15.4" Laptop (Intel Pentium M Processor 740, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive,DVD+R Dbl Layer/DVD+/-RW Drive): Computer & Accessories

    Sony eSupport - VGN-FS740/W - Manuals / Specs / Warranty

    Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, PC3200, 400 MHz DDR2) is a good start for power users, and it offers a faster than average RAM speed (333 MHz). It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion of 2 GB (2 x 1 GB).


    Thank you in advance!
     
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    Ohhh.... I learned something new. Thank you so much!!!!!! :D

    One more question though - isn't my Vaio PC-3200, not 5300?

    Or is PC5300 SODIMM compatible with this laptop??
    I think I found the identical RAM you linked on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-256Mx...QRTG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1305734872&sr=8-2

    If not, something like this would work? Seems like this is only PC-3200 DDR 2 SO-DIMM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...cm_re=pc2_3200_so-dimm-_-20-144-180-_-Product
     
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    Could anyone help me out?? Because I need to buy one soon... Sorry for bumping.
     
  6. LaptopUser247

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    Yes, you need SODIMM type modules, not DIMM's. The latter are meant for desktops and are about twice the size in length to SODIMM's intended for laptops.

    Read up on laptop memory module types.

    In as far as buying I looked up your laptop and it seems to be using a Pentium M chip and DDR memory. Given this you need to go and buy a 200pin PC2700 or PC3200 SODIMM module. The maximum it supports (at least officially) is 1GB so you should go and install two identical 200pin 512MB PC2700 or PC3200 SODIMM modules.

    You can choose where to buy them. Just try and make sure both modules are the same brand and model. It's rare to get incomparability issues but if you have the choice go with likewise SODIMM's.

    P.S. I've tried to find what chipset your laptop model uses. I can't seem to locate it. It's either going to be a 855 or 945. In such case it will support at least 2GB (2x 1GB) despite what Sony officially states. I recommend you check what chipset your laptop uses via downloading an running CPU-Z and then looking up how much RAM your chipset supports. Check out how much memory does my Intel chipset laptop support.
     
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    This is PC 3200 200-pin SODIMM module so this would work then right?
    Amazon.com: Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 400MHz PC2-3200 DDR2 CL3 SODIMM Notebook Memory (KVR400D2S3/1G): Electronics

    - 1GB module of 400MHz DDR2 Notebook Memory
    - Specifically designed and tested for compatibility in various makes and models of desktop computers
    - 200-pin unbuffered SODIMM
    - From the industry leader in PC memory
    - Backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support

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    This is my laptop's spec

    Intel Pentium M Processor 740 (1.73 GHz)

    Memory: The 512 MB of built-in memory (2 x 256 MB, PC3200, 400 MHz DDR2) is a good start for power users, and it offers a faster than average RAM speed (333 MHz). It has two memory slots in total, with a maximum memory expansion of 2 GB (2 x 1 GB).
     
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