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TravelMate 3212NWXMi - Urgent RAM Upgradation...!!!

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September 8, 2006 7:11:23 PM

TravelMate 3212NWXMi - Urgent RAM Upgradation...!!!

Respected nerds, techs, geeks and dear fellow members,

After months and years of waiting and speculation; I (poor soul who managed to purchase laptop first time in life) purchased one laptop few months back - TravelMate 3212NWXMi -

Presently by default the laptop came with -

1. 60 GB Hard Disk
2. 256 MB DDR II

Now I am finding that both of the above is posing as a terrible constraint in my use of laptop.

The laptop is terribly slowly and I find it very diffcult to use in reading word documents; PDFs etc...

I want to upgrade RAM as Maximum as possible...

From my preliminary analysis; what appears to me is that there may be two slots and maximum each slot can take 1 GB each...(I may be wrong)...

Few Questions in context of RAM Upgradation:

1. Is it wise to go for 1 GB each slot so that laptop is having 2 GB RAM...????

2. Does RAM of 2 GB will really boost speed of laptop like desktop...????

3. Which company (like transcend; hynix; zion etc etc; I am not sure) should i purchase these two RAM 1 GB each chip...????

4. Is there any compatibility issue of RAM with acer laptop model 3212NWXMi - I mean does it have to be of any particular specification....??? OR any RAM from any company would do...??? (This is MOST MOST IMPORTANT query...plz answer in detail).???

5. Does DDR (DDR 1) and DDR 11 really vary significantly in speed...???

Any help / advice / suggestion is more than welcome....Plz reply to my above questions...!!!!!

Best regards

Sunando Ghosh
Kolkata India

sunandoghosh at gmail dot com

Most Most IMP Question:

Is there any compatibility issue of RAM with acer laptop model 3212NWXMi - I mean does it have to be of any particular specification....??? OR any RAM from any company would do...??? (This is MOST MOST IMPORTANT query...plz answer in detail).???

I know certainly that I have asked too too many questions but then I most humbly rqeuest to plz plz come forward and give ur valuable / advice / opinion as I WILL BE BASING MY ENTIRE DECISION BASED ON REPLIED HERE....

Thanks for taking time to read this long post and possibly taking time to reply and sharing ur valuable wisdom...its truly appreciated....
September 9, 2006 7:00:01 AM

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1. Is it wise to go for 1 GB each slot so that laptop is having 2 GB RAM...????

Get at least one 1GB in one of the slots (leaving one module of your current memory in the other slot). This will make an ENORMOUS increase in the laptop's performance. A second 1GB in the other slot will help a bit more, depending on your funds available.

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4. Is there any compatibility issue of RAM with acer laptop model 3212NWXMi - I mean does it have to be of any particular specification....??? ...

Yes, the manufacturer's website (Acer in this case) should list the memory specifications. Based on the specifications, you should be able to buy an aftermarket module. Typically laptops use a module form factor called "SO-DIMM". Any given model of laptop will only work with one type of DDR memory. If it is designed for DDR, it will not work with DDR2, and vice versa.
September 15, 2006 3:58:51 AM

I don't know about your particular model but I just bought an Aspire 5102 WLMi and can't get any information from ACER about the proper SODIMM to put in to upgrade to 2GB ... They say any 200 pin sodimm should work and I have tried 2 different manufacturers and paid 2 restocking fees because the specs are not available.
If you try a configurator at a memory manufacturers site it can't produce the proper spec. And when you ask for the complete specs for the SODIMM ( Speed , Timing, CAS latency) ACER says they don't have any.
Up until this week even ACER didn't list the model much less any specs.
It runs fine but when I open large CAD files it slows way down. :?:
I assume that in a few more months maybe they will have the proper information posted. :( 
Based on the poor support I will not buy another ACER product again. :!:
September 15, 2006 4:38:20 AM

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Urgent RAM Upgradation


Is that a real word?
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