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Laptop Memory/Hard Drive Advice


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#1 namagodai

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 11:46 PM

I just installed WINXP PRO on my fujitsu lifebook c4230 laptop, and I'd like to add or upgrade more memory on it because it's still running slow. i installed xp from a clean slate and deleted WIN98 permanantly. As I was searching thru google for memory. I found something called "Memory" and another called "Hard Drive" What should I buy to get more memory on my laptop so windowsXP can perform flawlessly and open my programs in a snap! Below is a few information specs I got from the system information.

Total Physical Memory: 64.00 MB
Available Physical Memory: 9.75 MB
Total Virtual Memory: 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory: 1.96 GB

What's the difference between physical and virtual memory? and what's the difference netween memory and hard drive?

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 12:34 AM

virtual memory
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Posted 15 April 2005 - 03:02 AM

Total Physical Memory: 64.00 MB
Available Physical Memory: 9.75 MB

omg, im surprised that the machine will boot, install yes, because
the install process does not need that much RAM but to run?
128 is advertised MINIMUM for XP, with 256+ being recommended.

as for the memory upgrade... i would say it is REQUIRED if you
want to continue to use XP on that machine

just go to Crucial
Crucial's website
and go thru their system selector.
free shipping, fast service and guarantee(s) that the ram selected
thru their system selector WILL work with your machine, or your
money back. i have recommended crucial for years to clients
(espically for older machines, which are sometimes harder to
find ram for)...

good luck!

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Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:28 AM

thanks rex!!!!!!! :thumbsup:

so i buy that green board right?

Not a new hard drive?

Edited by namagodai, 15 April 2005 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 15 April 2005 - 10:09 PM

well on a machine of this age, no matter what amount
of RAM or harddrive you buy... nothing is gonna open
in a snap... sorry.

but i would say that after installing windows, and say...
office 97 (which works very well with XP) and you have
at least 50% of your harddrive as blank space, then
you would have enough space there to work with.
try to never let the available blank space on the drive
get below 250mb, as windows spools out temporary
files all of the time and if there is no space for those
temporary files it gets really difficult to get it to do
what you need of it.

yes, that little green chip, called a SODIMM, is all that
you need.

hope i helped!

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