I recently upgraded the memory in my Satillite A135-2386.It runs Vista. Went from 512mb to 2gig but when I check memory in Systems Mant. is says there's only 894mb.Is it really only running on 894? I have been geting a message saying my memory is low. Any help?
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Re: Wont recognize new memory?
First try to reseat the memory, if it is still showing the same amount, then you may have a bad stick of memory, remove both and insert 1 stick into Dimm 1 slot and see if it still registers 894, then put the other in the same slot and see what it registers. Then try in the Dimm2 slot and see if you get a different reading Depending on the manufacturer, it may only show that amount since Windows shows memory different that the memory manufacturer.
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If you added another 512Mb RAM to increase the RAM to 1Gb then the new 512Mb memory stick could be incompatible with the original 512Mb or it could be faulty. Use RAM that is same make and speed as the original RAM. Remove both RAM and just insert the new 512Mb into your laptop and see if the laptop boots up, if not then the RAM could be faulty.
I would take the new memory out again put the 512 back in start up the computer hopefully and go to www,crucial.com and it will offer to scan your notebook for you and tell you what your computer is and i believe how much you can put into it then check what the new memory was and see if that helps
Never, NEVER buy a computer that is going to run Vista with less than 1Gig minimum!
2 Gigs of RAM is recommended for Vista.
To check on prices and the type check some online sites that sell memory
Most laptops have a removable door or hatch on the bottom where you can
access the memory very easily. The modules easily clip in or out but
never use force! (RTFM)
If you take it to someone, they'd probably charge $50 for labour, plus parts and the job takes 5 minutes.
Easily do it yourself, or find a teenager who's good with computers. Son, nephew, neighbour perhaps?
Before buying any new modules, check your laptop to see how many slots you have and what type of modules are in there now.
To upgrade to 2 Gig, you will have to buy 2 new 1Gig modules, There's a 2Gig kit (1Gigx2) listed at one site for $80.
You would remove you current memory and install the 2 new 1Gig modules. Sell your 512 or make a keychain from it.
Depending on the memory you already have you can install upto a maximum of 1GB 266MHZ DDR, and cannot see any reason for not being able to upgrade your hardrive for a bigger one, but be aware that the Operating system backup will probably be on a seperate partition on your current hardrive, unless you got an installation cd with your laptop.