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soDIMM questions

Hi. I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 notebook. I'm considering to add another memory module to my notebook (1 more socket is free).

I'm wondering, for soDIMMs, is it like DIMMs: you can just buy any DIMM, and most probably, it will work? Or is it only specific soDIMMs will only fit into a specific manafacturer's notebooks?

Yes, I do know the best way is to buy from Crucial, Kingston or Apacer, but I don't feel comfortable shopping online. When I browse the web on all of the three manafacturers above, I found out that for different manafacturers, they have different Serial Number for their products. That means, for Acer, the Serial Number will be different from Dell's, and Dell's will be different from Twinheads' etc.

But, whenever I go to stores, they will just sell 1 type of soDIMMs (not a variety of them), and they claim that most probably it will work (Really, buying from the internet is not an option for me. I can only buy from the stores). What do you think?

Thanks!

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I have swapped Laptop memory chips between Toshiba & Fujitsu Laptops without much problems.
So it appears to not a mojor issue.

But if you are buying form a store there is even less risk as you can bring your Laptop there ans ask them to install it and see if it is recognized by the BIOS..

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Take it to the store, pop in the memory and see if its a go?

Or some order by phone...

Bob

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I have purchased memory from Crucial for years. They have always been on the mark without errors. I believe Dell gets its memory from Crucial. I was pricing memory for my HP zt3000 and discovered a windfall. Running Crucial memory finder comes up with 1GB about $325. While at the HPshopping.com, notebooks, I followed the support and downloads which ended up on the Compaq memory finder. This Compaq engine came up with the same memory as Crucial at a price of about $184 for 1GB.

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