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5.0 out of 5 stars Got a net book? running "a bit slow"?, Get this..., 27 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: 2GB, 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory Module (Personal Computers)
Have you bought a netbook? Running Windows 7 Starter? Only came with a miserly 1GB of memory? Seems to run "a bit slow"? What you want is something like this...

Windows 7 starter like most modern OS's runs at its best with more memory, and to be blunt 1GB is the bare minimum for a working system. Its like having a new car and only fitting a 10 Litre fuel tank, you can use it for a bit, but you'll never make the most of it, until you've got that bigger fuel tank.

Quick review: This memory is made by a well respected memory manufacturer. I've used 2 of these so far to upgrade both my wife, and sons netbooks, it really does make a difference, as long as you take care of a little basic computer maintenance like regular defragging hard drive, registry cleans etc. Or maybe you are looking to upgrade an old laptop running windows XP/98 etc. This is probably the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to make things run faster.

With 2GB your netbook will start to run closer to the speed of a normal computer, and thats where this comes into play. Its basic things that you will see the most improvement in, like starting windows, opening programmes etc., it all makes windows just a bit more usable in everything you do. Its a real, noticeable improvement.

DONT PAY FOR SOMEONE TO DO THIS! (unless you enjoy being ripped off)

This will take all of 3 mins to do as an upgrade, and requires nothing more than a small x point screwdriver. Its not scary to do, its not difficult to do, and yes even you can do it.

Heres a quick how to:

Order one of these, and wait for the posty.

Start by TURNING OFF your netbook, unplug it then remove the battery.

Then flip your netbook over, and look an the underneath. There should be a small hatch for the memory, probably in the region of 1 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" long, with a small picture that looks a bit like the memory module (in a kind of cubist/impressionist way). Once you've located the hatch, brandish your small x point screwdriver in a manly/womanly way (depending on what mood you are in) and pop that sucker off.

Underneath you'll see something that looks just like your new memory unit, the sides will have 2 metal clips that are holding it in place, and the bottom will be a plastic socket that all the metal contacts on the memory module slip into. Use your thumbs to GENTLY prize the two metal clips on the sides of the old memory module outwards away from the memory module. The old module will pop up slightly. Remove the old memory unit.

Pop the new module in the socket on your netbook (you got the old one out, so its no great leap of faith to refit the new one) ensure the new memory module goes fully into the socket. Theres an offset slot in the memory module, so it can only go in one way round. Refit the memory module cover.

RESULT!, you did it! pop your battery in, plug in and fire that netbook up. Enjoy your netbook at a more realistic pace. In the unlikely event it doesn't fire up, DON'T PANIC, you just need to ensure you've pushed the memory fully into its socket.
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Initial post: 24 Dec 2010 11:21:40 GMT
csweet says:
Yes this is correct but really you need an earth wrist stap otherwise you can get an electromagnetic build up of energy in your body and when you touch somthing elese the electromagnetic charge discharges into the object which hurts quite a lot but its not really needed

Posted on 3 Mar 2011 19:01:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Mar 2011 19:02:41 GMT
Van RB says:
Thanks. This has seriously worked well for me when installing the RAM on my Acer Aspire One. The instructions are very helpful indeed. I wish we had more knowledgeable people like you to advise us on how to do such technical things. Thanks a lot!

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 20:53:47 BDT
Hi, is it compatible with imac 24 inch 2.8 GHz ?

Posted on 26 Aug 2011 11:48:09 BDT
Very clear and complete instructions but make sure you do not touch any part of the new memory unit with your fingers except the very edges of the board where no components or contacts are exposed.

Posted on 5 Mar 2012 11:23:56 GMT
F Andrews says:
2GB, 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-6400 Memory Module
Excellent and particularly relevant review with detailed instructions of how to locate, identify, replace and remove where necessary the existing RAM. I think this review should win an award from Amazon for the most helpful review I've seen in a long time.
Please note there is always a problem with taking electrostatic precautions to prevent damage to modules, especially where there is no suitable place to connect an electrostatic wrist strap, assuming you have one. My advice is to try and touch any metal part of the laptop/netbook when you are sitting down and about to uninstall or install the module.

Posted on 22 Nov 2012 07:21:30 GMT
jewels says:
I wonder if this can be used for the extensa 4230 netbook!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2012 09:50:43 GMT
To be certain of this, visit the Crucial website where you will be informed of all the memory modules which are compatible with your computer.

Posted on 18 May 2013 13:38:45 BDT
Mac says:
The review is fine as it is. Modern memory doesn't require all the wrist strap nonsense, it's very robust. I've installed terabytes of it and don't know what a wrist strap looks like.
One point - if you don't have multi applications open. or more than a few tabs on your browser, upgrading memory won't have any effect on your netbook speed. That is processor dependent.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2013 20:27:57 BDT
rickwookie says:
"but really you need an earth wrist stap[sic]... ...but its not really needed"

lol

Did you change your mind half way through writing your post?!

Seriously though, I've been working with electronics for more than two decades, never worn an earth wrist strap, and not fried a component with ESD yet.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 11:23:51 GMT
lol unless you wear polyester socks and rub your feet a lot then the chances of ESD are about the same as being struck by lightning
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