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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-12-2012, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Upgrade memory on DELL laptop

This is my first personal dell laptop. I'm looking to upgrade the memory and according to Belarc I have an open slot. Should I just go to frys and get 2 4gb dimms or should I order online and get some that are "Dell Certified".

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I have not dealt with a dell laptop, but the desktops were a pain in the ass with tons of proprietary crap inside. I would make sure that whatever you order fits in nicely or compare it with what you have already in there. If you have not opened a laptop before I would recommend taking it to a "dell certified" place.

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I have not dealt with a dell laptop, but the desktops were a pain in the ass with tons of proprietary crap inside. I would make sure that whatever you order fits in nicely or compare it with what you have already in there. If you have not opened a laptop before I would recommend taking it to a "dell certified" place.
I've worked on plenty of desktop/laptops before and work on servers daily. However I never delt with all the proprietary crap. I did just open it up, it's a naya or nayna dimm. This is easy to open, no screws have to come off to access the memory slots under the keyboard.

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This is my first personal dell laptop. I'm looking to upgrade the memory and according to Belarc I have an open slot. Should I just go to frys and get 2 4gb dimms or should I order online and get some that are "Dell Certified".
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That doesn't do anything for me. It says what will work. Big deal. Any ddr3 will 'work'

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That doesn't do anything for me. It says what will work. Big deal. Any ddr3 will 'work'
Not with dell it won't.

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+ 1 on Crucial. Whatever they recommend will work, and they have a painless return policy if it doesn't.

Run the scan on your system through their site - upgrade accordingly.

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+ 1 on Crucial. Whatever they recommend will work, and they have a painless return policy if it doesn't.

Run the scan on your system through their site - upgrade accordingly.
It said they were all compatible , but didn't give a recommendation.

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I upgraded all my dell desktop/laptops with no problems. Recently upgraded from 4gb to 8gb on my new laptop. Look at your manual on what kind of memory or go to crucial.com, then go to newegg.com and look for a deal.
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Memory is pretty standard these days, find what type and speed is in there currently, and get that type and that speed (or better speed) as an upgrade or full on replacement.

If it's an XP os, don't bother with more than 4GB, if it's a Windows 7 OS, then stuff it with RAM.

If you're looking for a performance boost and slightly longer battery life, a Solid State Disk (SSD) is a fun upgrade.

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just double check the specs on the internet for what that puter needs. speed and pin size Worst case is its not gonna work.
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