View Full Version : Stocking laptop RAM

08-04-2008, 02:40 PM
People bring in laptops to the shop and often need more ram but it always seems they need something we dont have around and have to order.

Does anyone here do alot of laptop ram upgrades and can you suggest what ram to keep on hand?. I know its pretty much 144-Pin SO-DIMM , 172-Pin DDR MICRO DIMM, 200-Pin DDR SO-DIMM, 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM,204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM but do we really need to worry about OEM brands or can we do with the same thing we do on desktops and just slap in generics (kingston, corsair, crucial, patriot, etc.. What about speeds ?


08-04-2008, 03:35 PM
I have a Dell that I am running 2gb of Crucial in. Honestly, have found it to be the same as desktops.

08-04-2008, 03:43 PM
i slap in generics.. 90% of the time they work with no problems... I also like to offer a used ram discount! If I upgrade a clients ram, ill keep what I took out! Say the client had 512mb and wanted to upgrade to 1 gb. His 512 was 2 256mb chips. Ill keep the two 256 MB chips and replace with either a single 1 GB chip or two 512 MB chips. Next client comes in and only has 256MB of ram... I recommend at least for him to have 512MB of ram... 1GB would be better but more expensive... For only $10 I can upgrade your computer to 512MB.... then take out two screws.. pop in the 256Mb chip.. and 30 seconds later you just made $10!