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I am looking at upgrading my laptop memory to the highest amount possible (for adobe CS6 if you were wondering) and I would like to know how much memory my laptop can accept.

The issue is that the crucial memory advisor says that my laptop can only handle 8 GB, but then the website tries to sell me an 8GB dimm.

My laptop does indeed have two dimm ports. So either my laptop can handle 8. OR it can handle 16. I have no idea which do the mixed messages.


In any case, if someone can tell me whats up, I would be grateful.
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can't answer unless we know the model of your laptop.
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Originally Posted by danewfie View Post

can't answer unless we know the model of your laptop.

Wow....thought I coppied and pasted that

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Most PC's/laptops can take more than what their "rated maximum" memory size is, its usually set when they are designed before bigger chips come out. If you can get an 8GB DDR3 SoDimm, I'd get it and try it. Worst case scenario is that the laptop will only see half of the chip. But I have a gut feeling, from doing past upgrades, that you'll have a pleasant surprise.
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I don't see what the issue is. Are you saying it can only handle 8GB in two DIMMs? Because otherwise you are fine.
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I don't see what the issue is. Are you saying it can only handle 8GB in two DIMMs? Because otherwise you are fine.

No no.

The crucial memory advisor TELLS me that I can only install a maximum of 8GB of memory. This would mean that I could install 2x4gb memory modules.

But at the same time the crucial people are trying to sell me 8GB single dimms which means that theoretically I should be able to put 16GB into the laptop.

I think I am going to do what lesley said and just get the 16GB and see what happens.
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post #7 of 9
If you want to find out what your computer can really handle, see what its maker offers at its own website for that computer. It also wouldn't hurt to check the data sheets for the computer's chipset, although information can be scarce for non-Intel chipsets.
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Originally Posted by larymoencurly View Post

If you want to find out what your computer can really handle, see what its maker offers at its own website for that computer. It also wouldn't hurt to check the data sheets for the computer's chipset, although information can be scarce for non-Intel chipsets.

What the maker says isn't always reliable, as the specs are written usually before a technology type matures. I've seen many machines take more memory than the maker said was possible, due to the fact that larger chips became available. The waters do get muddied a bit, as some of you will know about PC133 / DDR 1 high-density and low-density chips, with some chipsets only supporting the low density versions.

On the more modern machines, its less to do with the chipset, and more to do with the CPU IMC, and whether the manufacturer has wired up all the address lines between the CPU and the DIMM sockets. (you'd be surprised how many budget brands don't do all the connections required, but i think its becoming less of an issue nowadays.)

just my 2p's worth
post #9 of 9
If you actually look up the specification of your laptop. It specifies that there is only 1xSODIMM socket.

This means that only one stick can be inserted. Have you verified that you have 1 or two sockets in your laptop?

Crucial is correct in trying to sell you 1x8Gig DIMM.

Take out the 4 gig that's currently installed and replace it with an 8gig.


Does that make sense?
Edited by danewfie - 3/25/13 at 9:41am
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