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#1 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:01 PM

I have an elderly Toshiba laptop which has been running XP since it was built - slowly and with patience. Since I have a newer one as spare I decided to see how this would run as a Linux box but wanted to upgrade the RAM first. It previously had 2 x 256 MB RAM sticks and I felt at least 1 GB would be nice.

 

Putting a 1 GB stick in, in either of the slots, absolutely nothing happened. The computer powered up, lights came on but it wouldn't even go to the BIOS screen but I didn't hear any bleeps or sounds of protest. Despite my best efforts I think I have acquired the wrong type of RAM. This photo show the two sticks side by side, the 256 MB above and the 1 GB below. Can anyone confirm if these are in fact different types of RAM or does my problem lie elsewhere ?

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8yvvxdh3vdijkdc/2%20RAM%20sticks.JPG?dl=0

 

Thanks,

 

Chris Cosgrove

 

PS  It still works if I put the 2 x 256 sticks back in.


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#2 Gorbulan

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:23 PM

What laptop is it exactly?



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:42 PM

The laptop may not be compatible with either 1GB sticks or 1GB total RAM - you need to check the spec of the laptop (maximum memory sizes on old XP machines can be surprisingly low - in early XP era we're only getting into MB not GB but it's so easy to forget.


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 04:00 PM

Hi,

 

Besides checking the max memory supported some machines only work if you install 2 sticks, try with 1GB + 256MB


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#5 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 05:26 PM

It's a Toshiba Satellite PRO L10, Model no. PSL 15E-008003EN .  We've had it from new, I might even have the manual lying around somewhere. I'm a bit anal when it comes to keeping manuals !  I know I still have the restore DVDs I made when my wife bought it.

 

I'll try it with two sticks, but, from memory, when we bought it it had only one 256 MB stick, which I had increased to two. Seemed a lot then !

 

Just found the manual. My wife has always accused me of only looking at any manual after I have got into trouble, it has to be admitted often with justification !

 

"RAM - 2 x 256 or 2 x 512 for a maximum of 1GB"

 

Ah well, back to the drawing board. Anybody got a use for 2 x 1Gb DDR RAM sticks ?. At least they didn't cost me very much !  But thanks for the help.

 

Chris Cosgrove



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 06:24 PM

Is there a freegeek near you? They take ram donations.


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#7 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 07:29 PM

Two days later and the post has just delivered 2 x 512 MB RAM sticks which worked a treat. As my old Auntie May would have said 'Experience is better bought than taught !'. She was too much of a lady to put it the other way - RTFM first !

 

Now to sort out an imperfect Linux install, but tomorrow is also a day.

 

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 05:36 AM

Likely it will max out @ 512 in either slot. meaning a 1GB stick will not work unless a certain density and probably still won't work Seen that many times over on both laptop and mobos back in the day. It's good that you at least got a total of 1GB in there that is plenty for a slim Linux install. Good luck!






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