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Bought 2GB stick instead of 2x1GB sticks. Workable?


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#1 falcore91

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:30 PM

Hi there, I was wondering if someone could help me out with a product ordering facepalm here. When I reinstalled the family laptop software I figured it could use some more RAM. A guide from Crucial said that my computer could hold 2 sticks of 1GB each no problem. I went ahead and ordered some Kingston value RAM through Amazon, and it arrived today.

The problem? I ordered a single 2GB stick instead. I'm tempted to try it out just to see if it works rather than going through the hassle of returning it. Will this RAM perform as I expected it to? By the way, the laptop in question is an Inspiron 1501
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:10 PM

This is what I found on the Dell web site for your computer's specs.


Memory
Memory module connector two SODIMM connectors
Memory module capacities 512 MB, 1 GB, and 2 GB
Memory type 1.8-V SODIMM DDR-2
Minimum memory 512 MB
Maximum memory 2 GB

So as long as your memory meets the other requirements, you should be able to add a 2 GB stick in one slot.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:52 PM

Should there be any performance hindrance that would not be seen if the load was spread between two sticks that totalled the same amount?
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:13 PM

Should there be any performance hindrance that would not be seen if the load was spread between two sticks that totalled the same amount?

No, total memory, is total memory, regardless of whether it is in one slot as 2 GB stick or spread over two slots as two 1 GB sticks in each slot.

The system will still see 2GB of memory.

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