November 26th, 2007, 09:33 PM
[RESOLVED] will a different memory type work for my laptop
i have an older dell laptop.. Latitude CPx-J
it's really struggling running windowsME with only 128megs ram
it uses PC100 memory type, and i think the MAXIMUM ram this system can handle is ONLY 512megs
thing is.. PC100 memory for laptops is expensive!!! can i use a different type of memory (like DDR or similar) instead of PC100???
what would work... what won't work??
November 26th, 2007, 10:43 PM
DDR and DDR2 are physically incompatible with your laptop. PC133 should work, but be very careful about memory density, generally the number of chips on the stick, though it can sometimes be more complex than that. Actual PC100 can be safer simply because it's likely to be older and of lower density.
November 27th, 2007, 01:34 AM
so.. how do i determine if pc133 would work or not??
November 27th, 2007, 04:44 PM
PC133 will work if the density is correct. If you want absolute guarantees, buy it from Crucial. Otherwise, any PC133 with 8 chips, 4 on each side should work.
I have an HP thin & light P3 500 that defies the norm. Every stick of 256 I put in its second slot comes up as 128. I've tried 8 chip sticks and 16 chip sticks. It apparently needs one particular 16 chip Kingston stick. So every now and then something comes along to be the exception.
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