[SOLVED] I need advice on getting a memory upgrade, please!
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I need advice on getting a memory upgrade, please!
I have an old HP a532x computer with only 512 MB of memory so I can not install most of the new Linux operating systems. I need an upgrade but I do not have any idea how much more I need or how much it is likely to cost. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!!
HP Pavilion a532x / a532x-b Computer Memory. The HP Pavilion a532x / a532x-b Computer takes the PC2700 DDR SDRAM DIMMs Memory Type, and comes installed with 512 MB (removable) of Memory. You can upgrade your HP Pavilion a532x / a532x-b Computer to up to a maximum memory capacity of 2.0 GB Memory, the system has 2 sockets to install Memory, already with 512 MB (removable) standard memory installed. For best Pavilion a532x / a532x-b Computer performance use the maximum amount of allowed Memory per slot for your Computer.
Newegg will have it.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
RAM is not that expensive, just search the usual sites (Amazon, Ebay, TigerDirect, Newegg, etc.), it's gonna be about $20.
I would get 2x1GB RAM sticks, which is the maximum that system supports. However, this thing is really old, it uses 184 pin DDR1-333 SDRAM, which is extremely slow. I also don't know how compatible it is with RAM made after 2004 (when it was released). I would make sure wherever you buy the RAM, that you can return it if it doesn't work.
Thanks!! I'll have to find out just where these " sockets " are etc. Thanks again!!
Look at: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=bph07171#N285 Motherboard layout Figure 1: System board item 10- DIMM socket 1 & 2 on the diagram for the memory sockets.You should find that information in the system manual. Your motherboard layout may not be the same as the one I presented since HP uses several OEM motherboards in that system. But you should get the idea as to where and what the DIMM & sockets look like. Plus look at this image to get idea of what the DIMM looks like.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
10,000 Thanks Onebuck!! I opened up my computer cabinet to check out the diagram in the link you provided to see where the memory is situated. I found a loose wired connection and discovered it went to the USB port at the front of my computer that has not worked for years. I found the place to plug it in and now the port works. I figured I might as well take out the non-working CD-ROM and go get a replacement while I'm in here. Thanks Again!!
Your machine is old enough that you can find cheap memory which is salvaged from scrap computers. If you buy from such a dealer make sure that he has tested the memory. Some scrap dealers think that it is cheaper to replace or refund a few customer complaints than to test all of the memory chips before offering them for sale.