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May 26, 2014 1:07:02 AM

i have dell inspiron n5040 can i mix the 2gb ram and 4 gb ram? so that i will become 6gb ram?

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May 26, 2014 1:40:20 AM

the laptop only has two slots for memory if you use a 2GB and a 4Gb you will only get 6GB.

you will have to put 2x 4GB in to get 8GB
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May 26, 2014 2:05:39 AM

I suggest either you buy another 2GB stick with the same kind of RAM (including speed)
or you buy a set of 2*4GB of PC-12800 RAM as described here:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/328443-30-dell-insp...

Your notebook supports dual channel ram so I would hardly recommend you to try and have the same RAM in both of your slots.

My opinion being that if you can find it and it is cheaper, the 2GB upgrade might be enough (your PC is not that recent as it would require 8GB of RAM, but that depends on applications you run on it....)
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May 26, 2014 2:17:48 AM

Emerald said:
the laptop only has two slots for memory if you use a 2GB and a 4Gb you will only get 6GB.

you will have to put 2x 4GB in to get 8GB


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May 26, 2014 2:22:29 AM

sorry that's typo error so because my total ram on my laptop is 3gb only.. the one ram is 2gb and the other one is 1 gb only, i decide to replace the 1 gb ram and change it into 4 gb. my question is if it's ok to replace my 1 gb ram??
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May 26, 2014 4:54:48 AM

Yes you can!
But:
- Make sure your windows system is 64 bit (as it is pretty recent, I gather it will be), otherwise upgrading will give you 0.
- Make sure the RAM you buy is compatible
- I suggest (especially as your graphics card is integrated in the CPU and uses that memory) you buy your memory so that it can work in dual channel mode (ie same size, so either 2*2GB, not much of an upgrade, or 2*4GB...)
- You sure you need that upgrade? did you check your ram was too low?
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