I'm upgrading a 10 year old laptop for my young neice and nephew to use. It's a hand me down from their mother. It had Millenium Me installed which I have already upgraded to Windows XP SP3. The system is barely running due to low memory. The spec's according to the HP support site, say maximum "supported' memory is 256Meg. It has a single 128mb (144 pin PC100) memory module and I have already ordered another one online that I will use to increase to 256. My question is...what are the chances that this system might work with larger PC100 memory modules? (for instance (2 x 512meg) even though the specs say 256 meg maximum. I would hate to buy the additional memory and it not work.
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Re: Adding Memory to HP Pavilion N5160
The motherboard will only recognize 256 module. If you go to crucial.com and run the memory test, it will tell you the maximum memory the motherboard will support. So buyin a higher memory stick is wasting your money since it will not support it.
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Make sure your battery is removed, unplug, reseat memory mods, make sure they are inserted fully. I assumed the 512MB are used? New? There is no reason , that I can come up with, they should not work? I have upgraded many memory mods without incident.
try reseating the memory cards in the notebook if the lights come on but no display usually memory cards have been knocked loose.
that is one defect that they have is memory cards come loose if the laptop has been jarred from being in a car getting bounced around in the seat etc.
the memory cards control a portion of the video and if the memory cards lose connection you loose video.
Hi, if you get a 2.5" sata harddrive encloser / cradle and take out the laptop hd and put it into the encloser or cradle he will be able to access his project.Another option is to take the laptop to a repair shop and ask them to reclaim his project .
Increasing the amount of RAM will always help your laptop's performance. However, in this case, I would try going to HP's web site and updating the video drivers or try a different program to play DVD's. 958 should be more than enough RAM to run DVD's smoothly. You can find DVD software at filehippo.com for free.
As for RAM instalation:
I would only let Bestbuy install them if it's free. Installing memory chips is simple, they're located under a panel on the bottom of the machine. (Be sure to power down first) Do it yourself and use the money you save on the outrageous gas prices.
Yes! I would not recommend anything below 2GB at minimum. I have one laptop with 2GB and one with 3GB: they both open programs and browse the internet very quickly. Even with just two programs open (Internet Explorer and Outlook 2007) it uses 1.1GB of memory.
Just pick your model and they recommend the memory to pruchase. TIP: order with next day shipping - it's only $10. The free shipping takes 14 days. So unless you're patient (I'm not) the $10 many be worth it.
The memory should be DDR II Ram. To find how much ram you have simply click on Start then right click on "My Computer" and click properties. Chances are you have 512 ram. It will tell you in the lower right hand side along with your processer and windows version. Once you have found out how much ram you have, turn off your computer flip it upside down and pull out the battery. Then you should see a cover with one or two screws in it that measures about 3 inch by 4 inch. Remove the screws and take the cover off. This is where your memory goes. If there is 512 memory in your computer you will either have 1 512 memory stick or 2 256 sitcks. Remember that any time you upgrade memory it is best to take out the old memory and replace with either one stick of higher ram or two of equal ram. Never mis a 512 and a 256 or 512 and 1gig ect. Take the ram stick/sticks out and bring them down to the store with you just so as to get the correct memory. Also, remember when you replace the memory, if you are just upgrading to one 1gig stick to put it in the A DIMM slot. This is the primary ram slot.