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    Wink 4GB or more RAM in Dell Inspiron 6400?

    Hey everyone, i was just wondering two things.

    1) Will adding more RAM cool down my laptop's CPU / are there any cheep ways to cool your computer down besides canceling processes or lifting / elevating it? (because i already have it elevated) (Specs below).

    and

    2) Will the RAM actually speed up my computer significantly? aka will it be worth it for $100 and will i really notice it?
    P.S. I know that dell's website says that for a 6400, the maximum RAM that can be applied is 2GB, but i have heard online that people have bought two 2GB sicks of RAM and installed them on their 6400s and it has worked seamlessly. Correct me if i am wrong

    Here are the specs:

    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 @ 2.0Ghz

    Motherboard Chipset: Mobile intel Calistoga-PM i945PM

    RAM:
    DIMM1: Samsung M4 70T2953CZ3-CD5 1 GB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-11 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-11 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    DIMM3: Samsung M4 70T2953CZ3-CD5 1 GB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-11 @ 266 MHz) (4-4-4-11 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    *2GB total*

    Graphics Card: ATI Radion X1400 with HyperMemory technology (256mb)
    Hard Drive: 300Gb 5400rpm SATA hard drive

    Thank you!
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    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    - Intel Core i7 CPU Q-720 @ 1.60GHz
    - 4GB DDR3 Ram
    - nVidea GeForce GT 230m (1GB Video Memory)
    - 500GB Hard Drive @ 7200RPM
    - 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive Connected VIA e-SATA.

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    What is the purpose of the hacker link gif?
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    First see the Help2Go malware link....and clean all malware and check for viruses.....that can speed up a computer significantly on its own

    Indirectly the computer will run cooler....but RAM is not a direct affect to cooling...only an indirect supplement ...less strain on the CPU

    Also....what Operating system and computer model?
    Dell 6400? (my bad I see it is a Dell Inspiron)
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    Now, re: Performance and added RAM
    Adding RAM is probably the cheapest and best way to upgrade a computer
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    By 6400 do you mean Dell 6400 laptop or 64bit operating system?

    IF YOU CAN RUN 64 BIT....YOU MAY BE ABLE TO ADD MORE ram THAN @ 32BIT
    (THAT IS AN OS ISSUE)

    Reference RAM and performance

    To boost the performance of your comp, do any or both of these:

    1 Adding RAM will help performance
    (extra ram will not show....but some claim if the computer boots it is silently available...I do not recommend exceeding the manufacturers recommended amount )

    2. A good graphics card too....they come with various additional RAM amounts and augment the on-board RAM well...you have 256mb...not bad
    (this will remove all the sluggishness while working on video or graphics)
    Your graphic card seems OK
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    Checking/cleaning the fans or adding a fan is better but more complicated in a laptop and may require a tech but only if your fan is performing poorly now
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    There are laptop accessories that the laptop fits into with fan and ancillary cooling devices too

    Maybe a member can recommend one for you?....I do not use a Laptop any longer
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    hey, i do not have a virus and i know this because i regularly scan my computer. The hacker.gif link WAS supposed to be one of those bar picture things that you can imbed into your signature. I will remove it now. It used to work but i guess it doesnt work anymore. And the computer i have is a "Dell inspiron 6400". It probably can run a 64x OS.

    So, will i notice a difference or not if i add 2GB more RAM?
    HP DV7 Laptop
    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    - Intel Core i7 CPU Q-720 @ 1.60GHz
    - 4GB DDR3 Ram
    - nVidea GeForce GT 230m (1GB Video Memory)
    - 500GB Hard Drive @ 7200RPM
    - 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive Connected VIA e-SATA.

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    How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS....but there are pros and cons for 64 bit ...your call

    That is why I asked about your OS

    Dell Latitude E6400 Laptop

    I believe you are good to go up to 8GB,,,run the scan @ Crucial

    Go to crucial.com and see (run the scan)

    Note: Dual Channel DDR2 Memory
    Available DIMM Slots: Two Memory slots offering up to 8GB
    Memory Bandwidth: 800MHz
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    I ran the scan and it said i can only install 2gb of ram because that is the manufacturer's standard. Would it be possible (even if it is not recommended) to upgrade to 4gb? or would it just be useless to do as it wouldn't utilize all of it even if i had a 64x operating system? I guess what im trying to ask is that will my DDR2 ports / computer motherboard / any part of my hardware, bottleneck the RAM if i installed more?

    Thanks for your help btw abseh1, I really do appreciate it!
    HP DV7 Laptop
    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    - Intel Core i7 CPU Q-720 @ 1.60GHz
    - 4GB DDR3 Ram
    - nVidea GeForce GT 230m (1GB Video Memory)
    - 500GB Hard Drive @ 7200RPM
    - 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive Connected VIA e-SATA.

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    I would personally stay with the factory recommended

    I probably confused you because sometimes the mobo will accept more than factory recommended....some end-users have ways of using the additional....but I will not go there @ Help2Go we always stay with the safer and recommended options

    The additional RAM does not show...but is there
    These end-users are taking a chance that I do not recommend
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    AbsolutePwn


    As for cooling laptops there are many ways to cool a laptop...see below for a few ideas:

    Info from CNET

    Cool Hand Laptop: Eight laptop coolers tested, rated, and reviewed

    I am sure other memembers have cooling ideas too

    Good Luck

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    haha i know you dont recommend it but is it possible to just buy 4 gb of ram (2x2GB ram sticks) and plug them into my comp and have it work to its full potential (utilize all or most of the 4gb)? If it for some reason messes up my computer, i will just buy a new one. not a big deal. This comp is old anyways lol.
    HP DV7 Laptop
    - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    - Intel Core i7 CPU Q-720 @ 1.60GHz
    - 4GB DDR3 Ram
    - nVidea GeForce GT 230m (1GB Video Memory)
    - 500GB Hard Drive @ 7200RPM
    - 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive Connected VIA e-SATA.

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    haha, nevermind. i tryed it and i found out that the motherboard only addresses 3.25GB or ram. thats still ok and i do notice a speed increase
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    - Intel Core i7 CPU Q-720 @ 1.60GHz
    - 4GB DDR3 Ram
    - nVidea GeForce GT 230m (1GB Video Memory)
    - 500GB Hard Drive @ 7200RPM
    - 1TB Seagate External Hard Drive Connected VIA e-SATA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutePwn View Post
    haha, nevermind. i tryed it and i found out that the motherboard only addresses 3.25GB or ram. thats still ok and i do notice a speed increase
    AbsolutePwn

    Congrats....if you search the web...you will find advise on how to script all the memory....but I will not post it @ Help2Go for obvious reasons...we stay with recommend/safe advise here

    I did post that

    posted by abs in a prior post in this thread
    32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB
    Congrats ....as I said it was your call...

    I hope you understood that Help2Go will stay with factory specs

    Edited: @ 7:30A.M. EST
    Since you don't care about your computer....you need to Google "page file settings" via a search engine of your choice
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