Question - Upgrading RAM

Jones

New Member
Hi community,

i have a problem with reading the HWInfo Log of the Laptop from my brother.
He asked me for upgrading the RAM.

Its an old media Laptop from HP. My brother really wants to try to upgrade it instead of buying a new one (-> waste avoidance)


Under the Topic Motherboard i can read that DDR3-1066 is supported... (see red highlighted)

Motherboard ---------------------------------------------------------------
[Computer]
Computer Brand Name: Hewlett-Packard HP HDX 18 Notebook PC
[Motherboard]
Motherboard Model: Quanta 3610
Motherboard Chipset: Intel PM45 (Cantiga-PM) + ICH9M (Base)
Motherboard Slots: 5xPCI Express x1, 1xPCI Express x16
PCI Express Version Supported: v1.1
USB Version Supported: v2.0
[(G)MCH Features]
Integrated TPM: Not Supported
Manageability Engine (ME): Supported
iAMT: Supported
Camarillo: Not Supported
Audio: Supported
Intel Virtualization Technology for I/O Devices (VT-d): Supported
Macrovision: Not Supported
Chipset TXT: Supported
Internal Graphics: Not Supported
PCI Express Port x16: Supported
DDR2 Frequency Support: 400 MHz (DDR2-800)
DDR3: Supported
DDR3 Frequency Support: 533 MHz (DDR3-1066)

FSB Frequency Support: 266 MHz (1066 QDR)
Max. Render Core Frequency: 667 MHz
[ICH9 Features]
Mobile Features: Supported
Intel AMT Support: Not Supported
Quick Resume Technology: Not Supported
SATA RAID0/1/10: Not Supported
SATA Ports 2,3: Supported
[BIOS]
BIOS Manufacturer: Insyde Software
BIOS Date: 10/01/2008
BIOS Version: F.04
UEFI BIOS: Capable
Super-IO/LPC Chip: Unknown



After having a look into the manual HP says, that is only PC2-6400, 800-MHz, DDR2 supported.
Lower in the report at memory i can read, that an 2x2GB DDR2 are built in...


Physical Memory Array -----------------------------------------------------
Array Location: System board
Array Use: System memory
Error Detecting Method: None
Memory Capacity: 8 GBytes
Memory Devices: 2
Memory Device -------------------------------------------------------------
Total Width: 64 bits
Data Width: 64 bits
Device Size: 2048 MBytes
Device Form Factor: SODIMM
Device Locator: DIMM0
Bank Locator: BANK 0
Device Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Device Type Detail: Synchronous
Memory Speed: 800 MHz
Manufacturer: Samsung
Serial Number: 7562B647
Part Number: 474747474747474747474747474747474747
Asset Tag: Unknown
Memory Device Mapped Address ----------------------------------------------
Starting Address: 00000000
Ending Address: 001FFFFF
Partition Row Position: 2
Interleave Position: 1
Interleave Data Depth: 1
Memory Device -------------------------------------------------------------
Total Width: 64 bits
Data Width: 64 bits
Device Size: 2048 MBytes
Device Form Factor: SODIMM
Device Locator: DIMM2
Bank Locator: BANK 2
Device Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Device Type Detail: Synchronous
Memory Speed: 800 MHz
Manufacturer: Samsung
Serial Number: 7562B83B
Part Number: 3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B3B
Asset Tag: Unknown
Memory Device Mapped Address ----------------------------------------------
Starting Address: 00000000
Ending Address: 001FFFFF
Partition Row Position: 2
Interleave Position: 2
Interleave Data Depth: 1
Memory Array Mapped Address -----------------------------------------------
Starting Address: 00000000
Ending Address: 003FFFFF
Partition Width: 2
System Slots --------------------------------------------------------------

Now I am a little bit confused...

Can i use DDR3-1066 for upgrading this old Lady (it would be a lot cheaper than buying old DDR2)?
For example this one: https://www.mindfactory.de/product_...alue-DDR3-1066-SO-DIMM-CL7-Single_678393.html

I looked up PC2-6400 and PC3-8500 uses 200 Pins and both supports 1,8V.

so all in all this could mean, that HP only built the Laptop Series with DDR2 because they didn't consider the newer DDR3 at the developing time?

Thanks for your help and sorry for my bad english ;)
 

Martin

HWiNFO Author
Staff member
Yes, I think that even though the memory controller is capable of supporting DDR3 too, the mainboard was designed for DDR2 support only. Note that DDR3 modules require different slots, signalling, voltages.
 
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