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Hard drive & Memory

What is the maximum hard drive & memory size that would be compatible for the Compaq Armada E500 and is it possible to upgrade the processor? Also can you suggest a website that i can purchase parts for it.
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Re: Hard drive & Memory

I know that e500 armada can have a maximum of 512mb of ram, and only has 2 'slots' available for them, situated right under the keyboard. the harddisk i am not to sure of, but i think just any size, just wondering about the speed.

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Re: Hard drive & Memory

It depends on the motherboard but i would say you can probably go to 2 gb ram. now the hard drive you can use any size you like. if you want to purchase this parts check out these stores and websites.
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External HD device driver for Compaq Armada E500

First, try the external drive in some other "recent" computer.
Use the other computer to "format" the disk-space,
and thus make an "empty" partition. Then, reconnect it to your computer, and see if the total capacity of the drive has been detected.

According to the manufacturer's web-site:

this computer dates from 2001/2002. So, the claim of a maximum of 32GB probably is correct -- drives larger than 32GB were either not-available, or were prohibitively-expense, nearly 10 years ago.

Download the latest BIOS-update from the above web-site, and CAREFULLY follow the instructions to update the BIOS.

However, you have not said what happens when you connect the external disk-drive, as a USB device. It *MIGHT* work "as is", i.e., without trying to update the BIOS.

Jan 04, 2010 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Need more ram

Check out this link below to download a PDF manual, software, and more for your phone. Just copy and paste into your browser.

Once at this link go down the page to Copaq Armada E500 Series Reference Guide. This is a complete manual for your lap top. Go to page 107 of your manual.

Upgrading System Memory
You can expand memory by installing memory expansion boards.
Installation is performed easily by lifting the computer keyboard
and inserting the memory expansion board. To order a memory
expansion board, contact your Compaq authorized reseller. Refer
to the instruction card that comes with the option kit for
installation procedures.
IMPORTANT: If you upgrade memory, the computer increases the
Hibernation file size to accommodate the additional memory.
When the Hibernation files increases, it requires more hard disk

Once you read this section and you know what your ram sticks are labeled you can go to e-bay and type it into the search and it will show you all for sale. I buy all my ram on e-bay. It's the cheapest place to by it. Just make sure you buy it from someone on e-bay that has quite a few feedback, this means they have been doing business on e-bay for some time.

Hope this helps, let me know if I can do anything else for you.

Oct 15, 2009 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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How to fit memory to laptop compaq armada e500

most hp/compaq laptops will have memory slots located under the keyboard, and sometimes an additional memory slot accessed through a panel on the bottom of the notebook.
In your case, you have 2 memory slots located under the keyboard. Officially, this unit only supports up to 256 mb memory modules for a maximum of 512 MB of memory so if you already have that, be aware that larger capacity memory modules may not work.

Oct 04, 2009 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Added more ram but it's not working Compaq E500

what did you mean not working ?? didnt see the new Ram memory ?/ or didnt boot at all ....anyway ...when adding new ram memory ..first thing you do is to remove the Bios battery for to let bios on defaults and let it be able to read the new added unit ....second sure the new added ram is compatible and in the same frequency ,then remove the battery like I said and in the last ...reinstall the operating system ....always look at the boot to see if the ram memory that is displayed is the same value with the one you know that actually is installed on the should work if this was just an option to make it faster ...and not a wild guess cause it use to have issues and didnt boot before...

Sep 10, 2009 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Windows 98 se, xp not installed to compaq armada E500 pc notebook

First, format the hard drive and make sure it is in FAT or FAT32 for Windows 98 install. Then do your partitioning etc and should work. If it doesn't, it is possibly a hardware fault.

Here is the site for the drivers for the laptop :

Hope this helps in some way :)

Jan 05, 2009 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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First tell that which O/S it had earlier coz armada e500 notebook comes with 64 MB RAM and 12 GB HARD DISK , had you upgraded your notebook with RAM AND HARD DISK .
If not then check the hard disk space you have left in the notebook

Apr 25, 2008 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Install xp-sp2 on compaq e500

First tell that which O/S it had earlier coz armada e500 notebook comes with 64 MB RAM and 12 GB HARD DISK , had you upgraded your notebook with RAM AND HARD DISK .
If not then check the hard disk space you have left in the notebook.

Apr 25, 2008 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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Wondering about DVD

Hi Ladyret,I have a dvd rom fitted to my Armada 500,it is a DVD-ROM DRIVE DV-28E part No_1977067B-43 by Hewlett-Packard Company,hope this helps you.

Apr 08, 2008 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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What is running in the background. If xp go here Stop Unnecessary Services Batch File .  

Oct 10, 2007 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

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