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User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 752 times:

  • i have integrated video memory, does that mean it is a permanent portion of my current memory or is it a percentage of my physical memory? Can I manually increase the integrated video memory like a paging file?


  • How can i remove my memory sticks to install a bigger one, like a 512mb? The manual isn't too descriptive about this.


  • If I choose not to buy a dell memory upgrade, will doing so forefit my warranty?


  • Is there any real reason why a DDR ram other than the PC2100/266MHz (the kind in my machine) CAN'T be installed? Like PC3200 ddr ram, will the machine not recognize them or short?


  • Kind of off topic:

  • I know if I had a desktop I could change my CPU chip, how about on my Inspiron 1100? Would a name brand machine not be compatible CPU-wise with other CPU's in their name branded boxes?


  • That's pretty much it.


    The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
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    User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 24
    Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 739 times:

    Integrated Memory for video cards uses a proportion of your system memory. In most systems you dont have too much control over this. On a few laptops I've seen you can set the maximum from a list in your BIOS.

    For installing more memory, theres usually a cover on the bottom you can remove, or its located under your keyboard.

    Normally theres at least 2 slots for RAM on laptops, and quite often only one is used. It is best to try to match the speeds of your RAM, otherwise you will be wasting your money.

    Now to upgrade the CPU on a laptop, I've never done this, and I know its very rare to have done.


    Jamo


    User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
    Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 737 times:

    Laptop CPUs are usually TFTs, meaning the transisters are mounted on film. These processors cannot be removed and replaced.

    Upgrading memory will not void your Dell warranty, but if you have problems Dell will not replace that memory.

    Make sure you get a memory upgrade kit warranted by the manufacturer (Kingston, Corsair, Viking, Simple) for your specific model.

    The access cover is on the bottom and easy to access.

    Integrated video memory, are you sure? Integrated video memory is evil, and I don;t think you can reallocate it. You certainly should check support.dell.com for that.

    You can put all the PC3200 in you want. Its much more expensive, and your system will still just use it as PC2700 or 2100 I think on the 1100.

    N


    User currently offlineDamirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 726 posts, RR: 7
    Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 730 times:

    Gigneil - a CPU is the central processing unit (aka the processor). TFT is the type of LCD (a few years back the lower end notebooks had STN or DSTN type LCD displays) display - so these two are not really connected.

    Now to the questions...

    Shared memory - nothing bad per se, but it's considerably slower than dedicated video memory (there the GPU is directly connected to the video memory; in the shared-memory model this communication goes via the CPU which puts more load on the CPU and also "slows down" access to your RAM - because the memory controller now also has to deal with memory accesses by your GPU); okay 2D speeds, very poor 3D - don't expect to play new games (or at least don't expect high fps). Also answered previously - it depends on the chipset whether you can select how much of your RAM you want to allocate as the video memory (so if you have 512 MB and allocate 32 MB as the video memory, your operating system will have access to 480 MB of RAM).

    Memory upgrades. As answered previously, on the current generation of notebooks you'll have 2 available slots with one already taken (occasionally both of them are already taken when delivered, so check this before you buy - or just remove one memory stick when upgrading).

    I'm not sure about the warranty conditions, but I would presume a memory upgrade would not void your warranty - but do check if you want to be on the safe side.

    You need to have at least PC2100, but PC3200 will also work; so just buy the ones that are cheapest  Smile

    Yes, your CPU can typically be upgraded - but buying a mobile CPU is typically too expensive (there are exemptions though - for example the mobile Athlon XP processors - which are in reality real Athlon XP processors anyway (but they work on lower voltage due to the quality of the core)); so upgrading the CPU doesn't usually pay off.

    D.


    User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
    Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 724 times:

    Laptop CPUs can almost never be replaced.

    Intel mobile cpus are transistors on film. Yes, the acronym is the same as a TFT display.

    N


    User currently offlineDamirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 726 posts, RR: 7
    Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 715 times:

    Gigneil, wrong.

    All of the mobile CPUs are socketed and can be replaced, unless the processor built-in is already at the maximum of what the motherboard supports. My Dell Inspiron 4150 has a mobile P4-1.8 GHz processor, but the board supports up to 2.4 GHz processors (only 400 MHz FSB, no 533, no 800) - so I could buy a 2.4 GHz mobile Intel Pentium 4 and replace the one on my motherboard.

    And regarding "Intel mobile cpus are transistors on film". Come on. Processors contain a very large number of transistors, but you're making this up as you go - and it doesn't look "cool". Anyone can make a mistake, but only few can admit an honest mistake.

    D.


    User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
    Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 711 times:

    Okay, I have what is called:

  • an Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PL/GV Graphics controller,


  • A processor x86 Family 15 model 2 Steppin 9 genuine ~ 1993MHz,


  • and it claims the RAM Adaptor is 64.00MB of memory


  • I can't then get any better than this?



    The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
    User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
    Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 706 times:

    Actually, you're part right and part wrong, and so am I.

    I had the wrong acronym. Its TCP - Tape Carrier Package, a thin film 320 pin package.

    I was also wrong in that Intel's latest cores are too big for that package and they no longer distribute them.

    You were wrong in that of course film mounted cores exist, especially in embedded systems.

    Here's a PDF:http://developer.intel.com/design/packtech/ch_12.pdf

    Anyway, good luck upgrading your processor.

    N


    User currently offlineSplitzer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 151 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 699 times:

    When buying laptop RAM make sure it is SO-DIMM, otherwise it won't physically fit  Big grin.

    http://www.crucial.com/ make decent memory, are cheap and have an online checker that ensures you get the correct memory for your laptop.

    Installing it easier. In the manual it should tell you which cover to open on the bottom. Then you just angle the RAM at about 45dgrs and push it in - it will only fit one way - until it lies flat. Then just put the cover back on.

    My experience with doing upgrading laptops is that generally they have two slots to install RAM, with one occupied.


    Hope that helps!


    User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
    Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 687 times:

    Crucial.com is where I got my memory from. I have an 8200, and Dell charges too much for memory from the factory. Worked fine for me. The memory came with clear and simple instructions for installing it (very easy procedure).

    Just make sure you're grounded to the computer when you put it in.

    I have an nVidia 440Go video card, so it already has 64MB and it's own GPU so I don't really know about the integrated RAM.


    I wouldn't mind replacing my processor. It's a 1.6 GHz and the motherboard supports a 2.0 GHz.


    User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
    Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 673 times:

    Thanks for the replies folks, I'm getting somewhere with them as I speak. 'notha slightly off topic question:

  • Will my CPU fan run slower if I get more memory?


  • I'm kind of thinking that the 'load' will go from small memory & CPU to larger memory when its installed and less load will be on the processor. I know they might have nothing to do with each other, but is that right? It annoys me that it runs on high other than internet or word processing or idle.



    The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
    User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
    Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 670 times:

    Strangely, the answer is "maybe".

    The more ram you have, to a point, the less you swap. The less you swap, the less work your hard drive does, and, to some small fault, the less your processor does swapping pages back and forth to disk.

    So its a definite possibly.

    N


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