Quick Question about Notebook Ram

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darkmikey

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Hey,

I want to upgrade my laptops ram (it only has 512mb at the moment) and have a few questions.

Is A-Data a good brand for laptop ram?

Should I upgrade to 1024mb (1gb) or 1536mb (1.5gb)?

I mainly use the laptop for internet, dvds & music, web design (I have a testing server running on it), making flash animations and the occasional game of morrowind or similar. Also the graphics memory is shared up to 128mb (is it possible to increase this maximum?)
 
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512 is probably optimal for XP under normal circumstances. Since you have 128 shared, going to 1 GB may show some slight improvement, but going any higher than that is not likely to have any noticeable results.

The amount of shared video memory is usually set in the system BIOS setup. Probably, 128 is the max, but that depends. There are probably 2 settings, one for amount shared and another called "Aperture Size" that is really the amount of RAM set aside for texture memory. That is usually set to 64 but 128 is all right if you have 1 GB of memory. Going to 256 is again not likely to have any noticeable results.
 

darkmikey

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So it wouldn't be worth an extra $25 to go to 1.5gb instead of 1gb? Is there any advantage in having one stick of 1gb vs 2x 512mb ?
 
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I haven seen any laptops that support dual-channel memory; but, that isn't at all to say they don't exist. I don't know everything there is to know; but, if your laptop supports dual-channel memory, there is an advantage to using two 512s instead of a single 1-Gig chip. If your laptop does not support dual-channel, it doesn't matter whether you use a single memory chip or two matching ones.

Desktop or laptop, there is speed to be gained by using matching memory chips in dual-channel slots.
 
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If it's only $25, then why not? You might want to use VMWare or some other virtual machine some day to have 2 OS's running on your machine at the same time and the extra could be put to use.

2x512 or 1x1024 is no different.
 

darkmikey

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Yeah I use virtual box, but I'm probably more likely to use my desktop for that sort of thing. Thanks for your help I may as well pay the extra $25
 
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