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can i upgrade my laptop? URGENT PLEASE


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#1 liquidmonkey

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 07:07 AM

i have a lenovo 3000 v100 laptop with a INTEL T2400 @ 1.83GHz that i would like to upgrade a little bit. oh yeah, running XP pro SP3.

am i able to stick in...

4 gigs of ram, i'm thinking of getting 2 sticks of 2gig kingston DDR2 ram.
(there are 2 sticks of 512MB at the moment)

a new HDD, want to get a 2.5" 320gig Seagate or Western Digital HDD. they are all a common size right? so it will fit right?
(there is a 2.5" 100Gig used at the moment)


first time upgrading a laptop and its much easier than i thought as its all below behind a cover or two, just not sure of components in a laptop.

thanks for your answers!
win7 Ultimate 64bit
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ASUS P6T WS PRO
12gigs of OCZ Gold XTC Triple Channel 6x2gig DDR3 1333MHz PC10600
XFX Nvidia GTX 260 core 216
Corsair TX750W
Cooler Master 690
HDD Total = F I V E TB!!

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:17 AM

I think you can use that HDD, but I'm not positive since I've never tried it, but, according to THIS site it will only go up to 2gig of ram.. :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 10:23 AM

FWIW: I just saw 500GB laptop hard drives at newegg.com. Never too much storage capability on a laptop, IMO.

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 11:46 AM

One consideration you may want to think about is the power consumption of a hdd with the faster RPM. Most laptops come with the slower 5400 RPM rather than the 7200 RPM as these require less power to operate. If you use your battery a lot then this could make a difference in the amp hours available, the larger drives will also have longer seek time which also increases the power usage.

Because you computer has a maximum of 1GB or RAM per slot the 4GB figure that you wanted is a moot point. But just for edification purposes, a 32-bit operating system will only recognize about 3.5GB of 4GB. In order to use the total 4GB you would need to have a 64-bit operating system.

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 05:00 PM

thanks for that link!
why would they say max ram is only 2gig when XP supports 4gig (3.5gig)?????
and even better, why would they make a laptop to take only 1gig per slot, sooooo annoying :thumbsup:


yup, 500 gig 2.5" drives are out but still a tad expensive, will stick to the 320 gig for now, and yes, will get the 5400RPM as you suggested, should save on some battery :huh: thanks!
win7 Ultimate 64bit
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Intel Core i7 920 with Xigmatek HDT-S1283
ASUS P6T WS PRO
12gigs of OCZ Gold XTC Triple Channel 6x2gig DDR3 1333MHz PC10600
XFX Nvidia GTX 260 core 216
Corsair TX750W
Cooler Master 690
HDD Total = F I V E TB!!

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:05 AM

The 2GB figure is what the motherboard will support, it doesn't matter what the operating system will support if the motherboard can't support it.

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#7 liquidmonkey

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 06:10 AM

ended up getting 2 sticks of 1 gig kingston notebook ram, everything works great now!!
thanks everyone!!

ps, that is the max that my notebook takes :thumbsup:
win7 Ultimate 64bit
2 x 24" LG Monitors
Intel Core i7 920 with Xigmatek HDT-S1283
ASUS P6T WS PRO
12gigs of OCZ Gold XTC Triple Channel 6x2gig DDR3 1333MHz PC10600
XFX Nvidia GTX 260 core 216
Corsair TX750W
Cooler Master 690
HDD Total = F I V E TB!!




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