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erlendsp
November 3rd, 2011, 03:37 PM
Right, so I've got one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pavilion-dv6-1215sa-Entertainment-Widescreen-BrightView/dp/B003194AHQ

...and I'm considering upgrading with two of these:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=7CD7307BA5CA7304

(if you know of a cheaper and equally compatible pair give a shout)

...and I'm wondering if, after that, should I upgrade to Oneric 64bit or with my current 32bit OS benefit more from it? Most importantly, will any of them benefit a great deal from a RAM upgrade or is the rest of the laptop too old and slow anyway?

Thanks in advance for any reply.

wolfen69
November 3rd, 2011, 06:56 PM
is the rest of the laptop too old and slow anyway?


2.2ghz dual core is definitely not too slow. It would depend on what you want to do with it. Do you do a lot of heavy duty video editing? Virtualbox? If not, I would say 4gb is more than enough ram for normal tasks.

As far as 32 vs. 64 goes, it comes down to personal preference. I always use 64bit when I can, but that's just me.

erlendsp
November 3rd, 2011, 10:12 PM
Thanks for the reply!

If possible I would like to use it for video editing, so I guess go for 8GB then?

Will just about any 2x4GB DDR2 chips for laptops do or could compatibility potentially be a an issue?

wolfen69
November 3rd, 2011, 11:02 PM
If possible I would like to use it for video editing, so I guess go for 8GB then?
In that case, it definitely won't hurt, but you will need to use 64bit ubuntu or use the PAE kernel in 32 bit so that ubuntu will recognize all of the memory. (I would go with 64 personally)


Will just about any 2x4GB DDR2 chips for laptops do or could compatibility potentially be a an issue?
Mushkin makes very reliable RAM, (along with others) but the only thing I would concern myself with is matching the speed of the ram to what you have now.

erlendsp
November 3rd, 2011, 11:34 PM
Thanks! Match as in 800MHz exactly or 800MHz or above?

wolfen69
November 4th, 2011, 01:34 AM
Thanks! Match as in 800MHz exactly or 800MHz or above?

If your system only supports 800mhz, getting a higher frequency will work, but it will revert to 800mhz. So generally, you should just get matching frequencies.

erlendsp
November 5th, 2011, 05:33 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Komputerbay-PC2-6400-DDR2-800-SoDIMM-Channel/dp/B003D18Q7W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320467558&sr=8-2

These look alright?