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Max Ram PCG FRV37

Hi, My wife has my old slow PCG FRV37, so I decided to upgrage the ram via ebay purchase of 2X1GB sodimm modules and although I have not recieved ram modules in the post yet,I have just noticed that the max suported ram for the lappy is 1GB (on the spec sticker by the touchpad).
What determines max ram, i.e m'board or BIOS, & is there any way I can fool the laptop to see full 2gb ram?(ie settings in BIOS or otherwise).
If not, should I replace both 256mb modules with both 1Gb modules, or will this degrade performance relative to, say, replacing both 256mb with just one of the 1GB module?
By putting in twice the max supported ram, is it just a case that the lappy will only be able to use 1GB of the inserted Ram, or can too much ram affect stability, performance, etc.
Thnx
Jon

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  • EIcojo Oct 26, 2008

    OK thanks, but what sort of problems might I encounter and any solutions to avoid them?

  • EIcojo Dec 22, 2008

    Thnx, my mistake, thought I bought 1 X 1Gb sticks, actually bought 2 X 512mb, so problem solved, thanks

  • A Womans Computer Man
    A Womans Computer Man May 11, 2010

    both..and you will find that 1 Gig limit is real on the older pentium class boats..you may find that the migration from 2x256 to 1x1000 does not go as slick as you believe..

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If the 1GB sticks fit and you are able to insert them it will not do any harm to your PC. However, it will only use the max amount stated in the manual. This is hardwired into the motherboard so there is no get around.

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