Sony Vaio PCG-K33 Laptop
Posted 23 November 2008 - 11:57 PM
I have this laptop for 3 years now. It serve me well and still going although one afternoon it started to slow down downloading a page. So I took it to my trusted computer shop. They said my only reading 198MB. What the hell! No wonder why. the guy said to upgrade my RAM to 1gig since my XP will read up to 1gig any over than than that is a waste (useless) so I heard. Original RAM in the slot is 256 x 2 ( it has 2 slots). I install 1gig on one slot spend $48 leaving the other empty and reads 198MB, pc was slow. Switch slot vise versa, this time reads 448 and speed up decently.
I told the guy i wanted to upgrade it to 1gig of RAM to kick up a notch so he checked my BIOS and said it only up to 448MB So the two 512MB that i had it installed on both slot still reads utilizing 448 rather 1gig of RAM. Techie guy said there might be something wrong with one of the RAM slot. Asked if he can fix it, said no can do. Need to replace whole motherboard or upgrade BIOS. I don't know.
Any recomendation? I need second opinion.
Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:48 AM
Since you had 256mb chips, if one went bad , you'd have the same. Powering up with one chip in the first slot only will tell you if you have a bad chip or slot. Since you bought 512mb chips, you would have the same result only double so the 448 is in line. So if you have 448 with either chip, I'd look at the slot. If with one chip, you have 192mb, I would look at you may have hi density chips instead of low density. Most computers do not use hi density chips
Posted 14 December 2008 - 05:44 AM
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