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paige4

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Hi. Hope you can advise me about my laptop. Its a year old, Ei system,
windowsxp home, and at the moment 128mb memory.
I was told this model had two memory slots, one of which was empty,
and I could just add more memory into the empty slot.
I bought a 512mb Dimm pc2700,
but when I opened the laptop, there isn't a spare slot. :tazz:
Should I just remove the existing memory and put the new one in its place?
Will I lose all my data and settings? Help!!
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You won't lose any settings or data by replacing the memory.

However, make absolutely sure that the new memory is compatible - ie make sure the old one is also pc2700 DDR.

Be careful when you insert it as they only fit one way - check the alignment of the notch on the bottom of the module as it is off-centre.

Also, before removing/installing the memory, disconnect the power obviously but also remove the laptops battery.
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Thanks for that. I unplugged the laptop, but didn't know you should
remove the battery. I couldn't see how it actually comes out!
Do they usually come out easily? :tazz:
I'll let you know how I get on!
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Yeah, theres usually a couple of clips or catches that release it.
This is important otherwise there will still potentially be power to the motherboard, which is not good when you are removing or installing anything internally in the laptop

On some laptops, the battery clips have a small pictures of padlocks on or next to them

Edited by Samm, 17 May 2005 - 05:59 PM.

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Thanks for your help. I've installed the new 512mb memory, managed to
figure out how the battery came out!
Computer is now working well, and certainly not slow anymore!
Out of interest, if anyone knows anything about the Gericom Ei system
4410, please let me know why it still says I have one free slot, as I
haven't found it! The memory module wasn't the usual 200 pin used
in laptops, and there doesn't appear to be space for another module
anywhere. Anyway, thanks again. :tazz:
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Normally laptops will have one ram slot conveniently on the bottom, usually one screw to access, the second slot is unconveniently located underneath the keyboard. I know the IBMs are like that, you should be able to find out by checking your manual or hitting the manufactors web site.
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Hi, thanks for the advice. My manual only shows one memory slot, the
one I'm using. But I've done a couple of scans, run belarc advisor etc,
and they all show I have a spare slot? If there is a spare its well hidden!
As the laptop is only a year old, I imagine the manufacturers would normally
install more than one slot for memory, but then they didn't use the
normal 200 pin module, so who knows?? :tazz:
If anyone has taken a Ei system 4410 (gericom) apart, let me know!
Cheers guys ;)
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