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Thinkpad z60m 2529 upgrading memory for speed

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  1. kman1000

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    I have a Thinkpad Z60m 2529 rcu and I am thinking about upgrading it. Initially, I was thinking about building me a completely new custom desktop system but... my laptop still works ok except for a few issues. (1. sound is weird 2. internal cooling stuff and external cooling pad is messed up) But besides that, it is ok.

    So, I am thinking about upgrading the memory to make it super duper extremely fast. As far as I know from another thread, I can only put so much memory on a specific computer. And it has to be the right kind of memory as well. So, my questions are:

    1. What kind of memory do I buy for my laptop?
    2. How much memory can my laptop take?
    3. Is this a good idea to speed up my computer?
    4. Should I just forget about this and just build a new god-awful fast custom desktop instead? (I bought this laptop in 2006 I believe...)
    5. Your recommendations for the memory I should buy if you recommend me buying the memory? (include links please, I will probably use Amazon since their customer service is the best)

    Thank you!


    http://support.lenovo.com/en_FI/downloads/detail.page?DocID=PD013370
    From my research, it seems that my Thinkpad can only take 2GB of memory max. I have 1GB of memory now so I would be able to add 1GB extra only. Should I go this route, it seems like this would be my only option:
    http://www.amazon.com/Upgrade-ThinkPad-Laptops-DDR2-533-PC2-4200/dp/B0036BULA4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356909019&sr=8-1&keywords=thinkpad+z60m+memory+4gb

    ^ Is all the above correct?
     
  2. Triple6

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    2GB, with 1GB per slot is indeed the max for that laptop: http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=ThinkPad Z60m Series (All Types)&Cat=RAM

    Will it improve performance of the laptop, absolutely it should. Will it make it "super duper extremely fast", absolutely not.

    Why not upgrade the laptop for the $16(if you currently have a 1GB stick) or $33(if you currently have two by 512MB sticks as is common) and keep the laptop a backup or portable unit? Then build/buy a new desktop as well. Always handy to have a laptop.

    You can also go with the RAM from Amazon too, as it's dirt cheap. It may not be the best stuff around but it'll probably work as well. You will need to check if you currently have one or two sticks installed right now.
     
  3. kman1000

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    Well, I already have an old Compaq desktop and an old Mac powerbook that I really don't use.

    I will Google around to see if I can locate a guide that shows me how to check how many sticks I have installed.

    What do you mean by this? I thought memory is memory...? Then what is the best stuff around and should I buy it? That is the only thing I saw on Amazon for my computer...
     
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    No, memory is not memory otherwise there would only be one brand and one price. There's thousands of different companies that make memory, each is a little different with different memory chips, electronics, timings, speeds, voltages, and latencies as well different warranties and support for them.

    There is no real best, it's all subjective. You just need to ensure its not some really cheap Chinese stuff that may not work with your laptop. Most people prefer to buy RAM from a reputable memory manufacturer to ensure proper compatibility and an avenue for returns or troublshooting support if any problems arise.


    Here's a Youtube video on how to access the RAM modules on your laptop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWWRS7ApTRw
     
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    Never heard of Link-Tronics. Amazon, and Newegg, and simply retails like Walmart or Target. They simply allow merchandise to be sold; they don't actually make the memory or have any say into the product.
     
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    if you can find the parts at http://www.newegg.com or http://www.tigerdirect.com or something with better reviews buy it from them because crucial.com has "generic" memory and doesnt always work
     
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    Hmm, this is confusing. Although, I have already been down the Amazon/Newegg/Tigerdirect comparison road before. I will go with what I know and order from Amazon since if it breaks they will most surely take it back and give a refund.

    But what company(s) do you recommend, Triple6? You never listed any.
     
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    what is the model on the compaq desktop and old mac powerbook................. the compaq desktop may be better and you may be able to just upgrade it
     
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    I don't think crucial is either
     
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    he listed http://www.crucial.com earlier
     
  13. Triple6

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    Crucial lists memory based on the system you have and they carry their branded memory, they pretty much guarantee the memory will work if you use their system to get the right memory. Newegg does have a memory finder now too but they carry dozens of manufacturers and last I checked TigerDirect has no memory configuration tool to help users pick the right memory.

    Corsair, Geil, Kingston, Crucial, Patroit, Mushkin, and PNY are some of the well established brands. If you go to their sites some will have an option to pick the right memory for your system. Most manufacturer's also have several lines of memory ranging from value/basic to performance to server grade memory.
     
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    @Jamie - I do not need to upgrade the other computers. I was just listing them for Triple6 to see that I already have "backup" computers.
     
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