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Ram on the HP 530

My Laptop is a HP530 with 512mb Ram, Also using Vista. Is this memory enough to run the system. If not why have HP put a motor bike engine in to run a BMW. Could i get a free upgrade with having this problem

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I would not have thought so.

A min of 1 gig of Ram is usualy required to run even Windows Vista Basic.
And With a Celeron Processor, I would recomend at least 1 gig if not 2.

Its funny if you have bought this system from the manufacturer with this amount of Ram.
If so I would definitly call their support group, and question this. Missing /wrong /or damaged are quite a common issue with most computer manufacturing companies. I know this as I currently work for one for the past 10 years now.

It is possible that there might have been a discrepancy with your order the time of manufacture.

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Yes a 512 or RAM can run a Vista system but it will be much slower so if you want to be able to use the Vista systme to the fulless better if you upgrade the RAM of your computer to atleast 1 GIG of RAM but 2GIG will be much better so Vista will work smoothly....

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OK Before you upgrade your system
kindly Remove virusus.
and trying to remove any unwanted programes Or aPPLICATIONS INTALLED YOUR LAPTOP.and do C/drive as your primary location to store all programefiles should be stored here only.
if you dont have C/drive has sepreate partion Try it first it will Raise up ur laptop speed just like a motor bike.
try above inaditon you try to Upgarde RAM/-Only as per your systemupgradable cababilty.
all the best
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Cannot play videogames

I'll assume that your notebook is otherwise working fine. Generally most laptops will play simple games with no problems. They do not have the hardware to run something demanding such as Call of Duty. I don't know what version of windows you have but I think the 530 should have come with Vista. Vista is a wee bit of a resource hog so that is one problem. You only have 512mb of ram and that really isn't enough to run Vista let alone something demanding such as a game. The 530 supports up to 2gb of system ram and that is important for a few reasons. First you need to have enough to let Vista run properly and that will use everything you can give it. If you could get it over 1gb you would notice a substantial increase in performance. The last and biggest problem is the video hardware. In this laptop is uses shared memory. This means it does not have dedicated fast video ram but instead relies on the using the system ram. So while you might have 512 of system ram the video card will take probably about 64 mb of that. If you update it to say 2gb then this can increase to a max of I think 225mb. That sounds like a lot but it is shared slower system ram. You do find new gamer laptops with high spec video chips and dedicated vram but even those do not perform as well as a desktop with the same or smaller amount of video ram. Unlike a desktop you cannot change out the video on a laptop so what you have your are stuck with. When it comes to gaming especially something like first person shooters the video card is the key to everything. I have a dual core laptop with 4gb of ram a very stripped down version of windows and 1gb of system ram dedicated to the video. I also have a old 2.8ghz single core pentium with 1gb of system ram but it has a new 1gb video card (important as these have a video processor and do not use the system one) and this does play call of duty at 60-100fps and anything else I can find to try on it. I tried the video card as an $75 experiment as I was about to replace the system. I didn't do that. It makes that much of a difference.

I hesitate to call these fixes as they really won't get you what you want out of any laptop with similar hardware like yours. That really isn't possible because of the slower system ram and shared ram probllems. The first thing is to max out the ram. It will cost a few dollars but then you can max out the size of the shared video ram.Nothing else will have as much effect as doing this to your laptop. Turn off anything you can in vista to speed up performance. It probably has most of it turned off now due to the low ram you have. Disable anything you don't need running. Fir instance office and adobe will load speed loaders at boot up. They are supposed to make these pop open faster. Disable them and you won;t notice the difference for those programs but you will in the system resources they consume. Also make sure anything like msn or yaho do not start with windows. msmessenger especially can at times be a real hog for resources. There are very few programs that ever need to load something at start up to run. Most are for convenience and each then steals resources. Not a big deal if you are not gaming and have plenty to spare but in your case very important. If you are dealing with simple games such as web based card games then usually the issue is with jave. You may need to download and install the java package from sun. As I mentioned you can't really make it into a hardcore gamer machine but hopefully you can see what the problems are to doing that with almost any laptop (not just yours).

Dec 27, 2011 | HP 530 Notebook PC

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Manual HP530 laptop Need to upgrade memory

HP Support > HP 530 Notebook PC > Main Support Page,

Under the bottom heading, Resources for HP 530 Notebook PC, click on Manuals.

Scroll down to the heading, Service and maintenance information.
Click on the first file listed -
HP 530 Notebook PC - Maintenance and Service Guide.

This is a Service Manual in PDF file form.
After you click on the file name it may take up to 30 seconds before the first page comes up.
It may also take additional time for the file to fully download.

Going back to the main support page, and again under the Resources for HP 530 Notebook PC heading, there are instructional videos available.

Repair videos and animations. (Second heading. After you click, it takes a second for the video main listings to come up)

Click on, Remove/Replace Videos

In the list on the left click on Memory Boards.


1) Ease the spring clip outwards from the ram memory module, ('Stick'), just far enough so the 'bump' on the spring clip, clears the Side Notch on the ram memory module.

Now ease the other spring clip outwards. When both spring clips 'bumps' are clear of the Side Notches, the ram memory module will slightly pop-up.

DO NOT bring the ram memory module to a straight up 90 degree position when removing!
You will damage the gold plated contact pins on the bottom of the ram memory module.
You will also damage the contact pins in the ram memory slot on the motherboard.

When removing and installing, the ram memory module must be angled.

2) Handle a ram memory module by the Body, refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins on the bottom.
The Body is coated with a see-through protective plastic.

3) Make sure the ram memory module/s are fully seated when installing.
When the 'bumps' on the spring clips are in the Side Notches of the ram memory module, it is fully seated.

4) At the bottom of a ram memory module is a Locating Notch.
This lines up with a Locating Lug in the bottom of the ram memory slot.
Make SURE you have these two aligned when installing.

For additional questions post in a Comment.


Oct 17, 2011 | HP 530 Notebook PC

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I am having hp 530 laptop with intel core duo inside,512mb RAM,80 gb hard disk.I want to upgrade my processor,ramand hard disk. can i do it ? upto what limit ?

Unfortunately I would have to say no, you won't be able to upgrade the processor. I located a user manual at

According to specifications you can increase the Ram to 2 MB and the hard drive should be a 120GB hard driver Sata

System Memory 1024-MB 533/667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM in one slot
Two SODIMM slots; supported memory 2048 MB2
Operates at a maximum of 533-MHz with 667-MHz memory
Hard Drive 120-GB3 5400 rpm SMART SATA

The processor will be limited to what the motherboard can support and it was designed for that 1.6 Ghz processor. Unfortunately it is very difficult to upgrade processors in laptop machines. I do have to ask how old this machine is. The specification indicates MegaBytes of ram and this is actually very little Ram in today's computing world. Most machines support at least 2 gigaBytes of Ram to start with.

Nov 20, 2010 | HP 530 Notebook PC

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Hp 530 laptop is very slow and freezes

Well, The problem can be caused by many many reasons such as outdated hardware, overload startup programs, corrupt registry issues, too many junks, virus attack, poor security software taking too much system resources, remnants of uninstalled applications etc. The fact is, you should keep some system maintenance job regularly. If you don't want to do these manually, try the hp speed up tool to give a free & full scan of your slow HP PC to find & fix all possible issues.

Meanwhile, upgrading hardware configuration (add RAM, change a new video card, larger-volume HDD etc) can be a fast yet effective way to improve your pc performance. But that won't be the most economical way, as you know you can't always afford to do that.

May 08, 2010 | HP 530 Notebook PC

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I have a Pavilion HP dv4 laptop with Windows Vista. It is fast with internet pages, but incredibly slow opening, saving files on the computer. It may take 5 minues to open a folder on the C drive!

First use the recovery cd ..or installation cd reinstall the operation system ....cause this is a sign that it got a bug on the system ..or has some damaged files that slow it down ....
Another thing ...if it worked like this always...I sugest to downgrade to windows xp .cause you probably do not have enough Ram memory for this OS ...or upgrade the ram by inserting one more slot if it has free slots...
for vista to operate well enough in a computer you need at least 2G of ram memory ...if you have only one ....better install windows XP ...if you want to downgrade to Xp and do not have the drivers ..let me know to link you to a download location ...

Jan 10, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook

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HP 530 flickers thrice at start with vista before responding

Are you on battery or AC power,change the power setting so your laptop is running at full speed. I usually set it to Home/Office and change the video,system standby to NEVER for both battery and AC

Oct 11, 2009 | HP Compaq 6720s Notebook

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My laptop was need to activation

A Compaq Presario 700US doesn't have the hardware to run Vista.
1.Processor: AMD Duron processor that operates at 900MHz

2.Ram Memory: 256MB of PC133 ram memory, (SDR Sdram that operates at 133MHz)
3.Graphics: VIA S3 Integrated graphics chip

Your laptop will run Windows XP, but I would advise upping the ram memory amount to the maximum, for the best Windows XP experience. That would be 384MB of ram memory.

Change to Windows XP? Sure. Just buy the full installation disk of Windows XP. (About $95 US online)
Be sure to go into your BIOS Setup, and in Boot Options set the first boot device to CDROM.

Whoever tried to put Windows Vista on that laptop, didn't know what they were doing. That laptop Will Not run it!

Sep 01, 2009 | Compaq Presario 700 470024-192 Notebook

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HP 530

When you run the score it breaks it down into different areas - processing, graphics etc.

Which is the lowest? ie which is dragging your score down?

This is the area you will need to improve - if it is graphics causing the low score you will be out of luck as it is inbuilt but you could improve storage and memory.

Jul 23, 2009 | HP 530 Notebook PC

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Is 1 gig of ram enough memory to support vista to run?

Hey there you want to use vista?? lol good luck. You need a min of 2 gigs ram to run vista but should ideally have 4 gigs for good operation. vista is a memory hog. You can change the configuration to use less but still need at least 2 gigs

Jun 27, 2009 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

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Upgrading the Graphics Card? and a RAM question...

I'm sorry but the graphics card/chip in a laptop is built onto the motherboard and cannot be changed,
RAM: there are "two" types of ram in a PC system ram and video ram, I think what you have increased is the system memory, I don't think you have an option to increace your video RAM, perhaps you should consider trading in the laptop for one which is better suited to your requirements

Jun 25, 2008 | HP Computers & Internet

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