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I have been given an older laptop Patriot 2433 and wish to upgrade the ram as only 256 meg. i cant find where/how to fit. and i would like to know how much and what type of ram i need please.

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Try Crucial. They have a neat little pulldown menu for choosing what you got, then it will tell you how many slots it has, whats the max and sell you what you need.


Posted on Sep 08, 2010

  • cludgate_49 Sep 08, 2010

    Thanks S1LV3R, i have already been there but they don't list my make/model

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    S1LV3R Sep 08, 2010

    Did a little more digging If it helps any. It was built by PCChips. 1gb max in 2x 512mb pc133 sodimms


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