Since I have the same problem - a PC running Windows XP, (laptop in my case) all filled up with just 3 pages loaded(cpu at 100%), and would like to try increasing the speed and capacity by increasing the installed RAM (Administrator's suggestion) which I've been told by more than one computer tech is the best fix of all, and is probably a very similar deal for any computer - to explore an easy way to increase the installed RAM. If it's an older computer whose hardware is also probably no longer supported by it's manufacturer as mine is not (probable since all newer computers HAVE way more RAM than previous models, and a computer with only 256KB RAM is probably an older computer). I would like to include a question in this thread about finding and installing more RAM for my 7 year old laptop which ALSO has only 256KB RAM installed and also, CPU frequently at 100% when 3 or more pages are loaded. This exercise should make it easier for anyone to explore increasing the installed RAM of their computer. Here's my info and question~:
My Dell Latitude, C610 Laptop, running Windows XP also, frequently shows the cpu at 100% with only 3 pages loaded because it only has one 256KB chip for RAM. I was recently told by a Laptop tech(who could be mistaken about expansion slots) that by carefully plugging in another 256KB RAM chip into the empty chip socket that should be on the same card as the original pre-existing 256KB RAM chip, will increase my computer to 512KB RAM, and will double the speed and capacity of my computer. And that in order to increase to the next faster speed and capacity level than that, an expansion board has to be added which will have two empty chip sockets so that one or two more 256KB RAM Chips can be plugged into the sockets to achieve, respectively, 768KB RAM or 1024KB installed RAM, thereby achieving the maximum capacity and speed possible for my particular model, a Dell Latitude C610 running Windows XP.
I did a search for a 256KB RAM Chip on craigslist (all for sale) and found only 2 listings which I copied and pasted here:
1.["Upgraded the memory in my Dell Dimension 3000, want to sell the old memory card for whatever I can get.
One 256K, standard size memory card for Dell desktop. $10/offer."]
I asked: Are there two existing chip sockets side by side on the board, one chip socket with a 256KB RAM chip plugged into it , and the other chip socket empty? He replied back:
One 256K, standard size memory card for Dell desktop. $10/offer.
I m selling the 256K card by itself. It came out of one socket. The other had a different card in it.
(the term circuit card and circuit board mean the same thing, but I should have called it a card as he did, because he didn't understand my question)That's ok. My question to forum reader experts on this would be: Since the card from a desktop might not fit in a laptop anyway, carefully extracting the 256KB chip from it's chip socket to plug into the extra, empty chip socket that's SUPPOSED to be on the same card where my existing 256KB RAM chip is installed may be the only viable option here. Anyone know for sure? (Hopefully my tech 'friend' was right about the Dell Latitude C610 Laptop having a standard empty chip socket on the same card as the original, initial, pre-installed 256KB RAM chip in order to increase to 512KB installed RAM)That's all I probably need to enable this C610 Laptop to run with acceptable capacity and speed at least for a backup computer.
The 2nd listing is:
2. ["Laptop Replacement Parts
DELL Inspiron 4100 - LCD Screen, K pad, Battery, RAM available
DELL Inspiron 9300 - K pad, Battery, RAM available"]
Again, my background info and question to the CNET Forum on this thread about increasing capacity and speed, in this case by increasing the installed RAM (Administrator's suggestion) and in this particular case doing it inexpensively for an older "backup" laptop is:
I haven't looked inside my DELL Latitude C610 Laptop yet, but used to do mainly hardware fixes of IBM and Compaq PC's (among various other equipment on my job as a field tech). I was told recently by a laptop tech(who could be mistaken) that my DELL Latitude C610 laptop, running Windows XP, should have, on the same card with it's only installed 256KB RAM chip on it, an empty socket on the card where another 256KB RAM chip can be (carefully) pressed into the socket to expand it's RAM from 256KB to 512KB RAM which would double it's capacity and speed. And the tech said (maaybee on the phone without realizing it is a Dell laptop, not a Dell desktop)that there should be an empty slot for another expansion card to be added with 2 more chip sockets so that one or two more 256KB RAM chips can then be also added to increase the RAM to 768RAM or 1024KB RAM, respectively. Does anyone know if a card with one 256KB RAM chip in it from a DELL Dimension 3000 Desktop could fit in my DELL Latitude C610 Laptop's possible expansion slot to increase it's RAM from 256KB to 512KB RAM(Can I find out which slot would be the correct slot by looking up Dell Latitude C610 Laptop Motherboard configuration in Sam's schematics or some other source of schematics since it's no longer supported by Dell?- or what? and if there is an empty chip socket on the card with the original pre-installed 256KB RAM chip, would just leaving that chip socket empty be ok in that case?(If anyone has an informed answer or info about any part or portion of the questions I pose, please just reply that particular portion answer-Thanks!) Or would any of the offered 256KB RAM chips (hopefully all in chip sockets on their original cards)probably have to be carefully taken out of their chip sockets and inserted into the supposedly empty chip socket that should be on the same card with the original initial single 256KB RAM chip as the only viable option? ALSO, if I install any of these options (MOST LIKELY, I WILL ONLY INSTALL ONE EXTRA 256KB CHIP AND MAINLY WANT TO KNOW HOW TO DO THAT CORRECTLY, INCLUDING ANY PROGRAMING CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE DONE AFTERWARDS.) SO, if I am able to do the simplest installation of an additional 256KB RAM chip to increase my RAM TO 512KB RAM, and as long as I have properly plugged it into the correct slot that is prewired in the C610 laptop to be the place for the first additional 256KB RAM chip to be installed, is the only thing I have to do in software, to use the install hardware wizard, which will guide me through anything I need to set in the software to adjust my Windows XP operating system to utilize the expanded RAM?
BTW, is a RAM chip easily ruined if you have static electricity on your hands, clothing, or etc. and accidentally touch the metal pins to it? I have a static electricity removing wristband that clips to a ground connection. Also, are the original 256KB RAM chips that come already installed on a laptop or desktop computer, usually soldered straight into the circuit board/card so that if you want to extract the chip to install into a circuit board/card from another computer or laptop, it will require a good soldering technique, good solder sucker, and a lot of care not to bend the metal legs while extracting it from the old card so it will fit properly into the new card? (To Helpful Repliers: Please remember to include the "L" in the word solder, because if you spell it the way American techs pronounce the word "solder", which although proper for American techs, would be a profanity in British English and might offend the British host of this thread, (Can't see it from the page I'm on now) I believe it said he resides in London, UK )who might be a young boy for all we know. British Techs always pronounce the "L" in the word solder;)
(BTW: I'm tracking this thread, so I will get emails of new replies with answers added to this thread (a wonderful feature of CNET forums)and Thanks in Advance for replies from anyone with good answers to this question about increasing installed RAM inexpensively:)