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Hi

My mums laptop had been stuffing up alot recently saying "hardware malfunction please contact you hardware manufacture". When it says that the whole system freezes. I know what the problem is but i dont know how to get about it. It has 512mb ram all up but 256mb of the ram is onboard and i need to know how to disable the onboard memory??
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Sorry don't get what you're really saying! Why would you want to disable half of your RAM?
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What im trying to say is that 256mb ram that is onboard is the problem and i need to disable it.
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*confused* all ram is onboard. could you explain a little more clearly? Is this system RAM or video RAM?
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"onboard" implies something that's built-into the motherboard. As such,to my knowledge, there is no such thing as "on-board" RAM.
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ok then. Its 256mb system ram built into the motherboard and i need it disabled.
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post #7 of 9
You can't disable RAM, you have to physically take it out (I suppose you might be able to disable a SIMM or DIMM), unless you are talking about virtual RAM, which you can edit in Windows. If it's your virtual memory, the problem might be that it's too low, and needs to be increased. There is no such thing as onboard RAM as far as I know. What makes you think the RAM is the issue anyway? What are the specs of your mother's laptop?
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post #8 of 9
since its on your mobo, you could try to search for it in your bios
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In alot of laptops youll find that the ram expansion slots are empty when you buy them, and that there is another one or two ram slots under the keyboard. That way there is one or two slots left free to upgrade on the bottom. Accessible with a little panel.

If the ram is bad.. for example its cause system instability, and you knoe that it is the ram that came with the puter, then its usually not hard to remove the keyboard and take out the ram. In most instances it requires you to pop off the cover above the keybpoard, be careful there are wires there that connect to the speakers, usually there is a smallconnector to take off. Its not difficult. to pop it off, but be careful. Then there will be one or two scres that hold the keyboard in place remove these and gently life the keyboard in place. It should come easily if it doesnt your not seeing all the screws. there will be a ribbon connector going to the keyboard. underneeath the keyboard you will probably see one or two ram modules, you should be able to remove and replace those with different ram. I dont know if the computer will work with no ram in those slots so you should put your known good ram there.

CAUTION this is at your own risk... This is a VERYYYYY delicate process. Laptops tend to have surprise clips and snaps that love to break off with too much pressure. Careful where you pry. When i took apart one laptop I accidentaly broke the escape key also. THIS WILL VOID YOUR WARENTY.

If you are going to do this google your laptop and the series of laptop it is looking for a repair manual. Even if it isnt for your exact model, there should be one for a smiliar model, that will be very close to the one your fixing.

IF YOU BREAK SOMETHING... I TAKE NO RESPONICIBILITY

Ill take some pictures later to give you an example....

Heh you could probably use this to upgrade your ram beyond what the bottom slot(s) will let you.

Good luck man
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