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#1 TonyDoan91

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:02 PM

I'm planning to increase the amount of memory onto my Pavilion a6010n. I used crucial.com to scan my computer to see what memory type was compatible for my computer and found out that I could use DDR2 PC2-5300, or DDR2 PC2-6400. I was wondering which one should I use and what the difference between the two were. I was reading about how PC2-6400 would be faster only if the computer was compatible and I was wondering if my computer was able to use it. I was looking on newegg and the PC2-6400 is the only one in stock so I wanted to make sure before I make my purchase that it'll be just the right memory type for my computer. I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out. Thanks!

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:45 PM

PC 6400 is indeed noticebly faster then 5300, however according to HPs website it was only intended to run PC 3200, 4200, and 5300 DDR2. With that being said, its possible it can run 6400, and if crucial says it can theres a decent chance it will run it properly, but don't worry-if you get the 6400, chances are high it will work, even if the motherboard wasnt designed for that speed, at worst case, the 6400 will just downclock from its native speed (800 mhz) to the speed of 5300 (667 mhz) so, if it were me Id get the 6400-if it works at advertised speed thats fantastic, but if not it will still run at 5300 speeds, which would be no different then if you had purchased 5300 to begin with.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:05 PM

Thanks for the info!
I have another question. Should I fill up all 4 slots with 1gb sticks? I've bought a pair of 1gb to total up to 3gb with the 1gb I have now but I was reading that if I leave in the old ram, that it'll process the lowest ram. I'll be using my computer for watching movies and playing non-intensive graphic games. Should I go ahead and buy 4gbs, or have 3gb(with the original stock 1gb ram), or get rid of the 1gb and install just 2gb?
If it helps, the specs are as listed

- Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard Company
- Model: a6010n
- OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
- Processor: Intel® Core™2 CPU 4300 @1.80Ghz 1.80 Ghz
- RAM: 1.00 GB
- Graphics Card: Nvidia Geforce GT 520

Not sure what other information is needed but that's what I can provide at the moment.
What more can I do to run this computer a bit faster?

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 04:59 PM

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If it is running Vista (XP or Windows 7) 32bit then expanding the memory past 3Gb will be a waste of money as approx 3Gb is all you use.

If it is running a 64bit windows then yes presuming the motherboard supports more memory then you can use it.

For example this laptop I'm on reports 2.87Gb usable and 3Gb total, Any further expansion of memory would be wasted.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:08 PM

Hi

If it is running Vista (XP or Windows 7) 32bit then expanding the memory past 3Gb will be a waste of money as approx 3Gb is all you use.

If it is running a 64bit windows then yes presuming the motherboard supports more memory then you can use it.

For example this laptop I'm on reports 2.87Gb usable and 3Gb total, Any further expansion of memory would be wasted.

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Thanks for the information. I am running 32bit and I was pretty close to buying another pair of 1gb ram. I still wonder though, will my computer run at the speed of the pair of 512mb ram I have since it'll be smaller than the 2 1gb ram I'll install soon?

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:24 PM

all ram in your computer, will auto down clock to the speed of the slowest ram, regardless of the size of the ram. the size of the ram is 512 meg, 1 gig, etc, while the speed is in mhz, i.e. 533, 667, or 800 mhz (common ddr2 ram) if your 512 meg sticks run at 667 mhz, then your 800 mhz ram will downclock to 666 mhz. or if you have 533 mhz 1 gig sticks, and your 512 meg ram runs at 667, then the 512 meg will downclock the 533. Another thing you have to watch-and this is why many people recomend you use the same type and brand of ram and not mix them-is you need to make sure the voltage is the same between them, as well as the timings, because the timings will also only perform as fast as the slowest stick (they affect your latency) and mixing voltages can actually casue BSODs and other problems. Because even if the board can run 1.5 and 1.7v ram sticks, they can only run one, and will run all of them at the same voltage, so if your current ram uses 1.5 volts, and you put in 1.7 volt ram, then you will either have to up the voltage to 1.7 all the way across, or drop it all the way across. Sometimes they work, but sometimes they do not-for that reason I would use 3 1 gig sticks, or at the very least find out what the voltage is on your current sticks (should be in the bios) and make sure your new sticks match that of your current ones.

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