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Can I upgrade Compaq Presario A900 RAM from 3GB to 8GB

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June 20, 2011 5:47:35 AM

Hi, I have Compaq Presario A900 Notebook PC. I was just wondering if I can upgrade RAM to 8GB.

My current specs:

System Model: Compaq Presario A900 Notebook PC
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core2Duo T5750 2.00 GHz
Installed RAM: 3 GB
Chipset: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
System Type: 64-bit OS
BIOS Version: HP F.34
SMBIOS Version: 2.4

I want to upgrade RAM to 8 GB, as I found on Intel.com that 965 chipset does support max of 8 GB RAM, however when I Google Presario A900 RAM upgrade, I get comments of continuous crashes and blue screens of death.

Can anyone please guide me with some technical details in this regard.
a b } Memory
June 20, 2011 6:01:47 AM

compaq says the max is 2GB of memory.

interesting you already have it working with 3GB
June 20, 2011 6:11:04 AM

That's what I'm so confused about it. the msinfo32 says I have Compaq Presario A900 with 3 GB RAM already installed. I'm starting to doubt this utility, as everywhere I found saying Presario has 2GB max support.

Help.
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a b } Memory
June 20, 2011 6:14:03 AM

what does your BIOS say?
June 20, 2011 6:19:35 AM

just checked BIOS, it says 3GB installed. now can i upgrade to 8GB?
a b } Memory
June 20, 2011 6:22:41 AM

first thing to do is check if the Intel 965 Express Chipset Family supports the addressing of 8GB
June 20, 2011 7:29:46 AM

The thing I'm worried of, is will it work fine? I mean i've been seeing Blue screen of death issues and hardware conflicts on everywhere i search about this upgrade. what do you suggest?
a b } Memory
June 20, 2011 8:16:24 AM

maybe buy one and see if 4GB work by itself first
a b } Memory
June 20, 2011 8:24:39 AM

I don't think people have tried adding more then the recommended MAX memory
June 20, 2011 8:40:25 AM

what's the MAX memory? that's the problem I haven't found a concrete answer on. the intel.com says the chipset allows upto 8GB MAX memory. While the compaq presario A900 product specs page says it has 2 slots one with 1024 and the other is 2048. so a MAX memory is 3 GB in all.
June 20, 2011 6:32:26 PM

if it says it can support 2gb, i think its just in that one slot. im pretty sure that your compaq only has one slot available at the bottom. and im pretty sure that that slot will support a 2gb stick which you seem to already have.

so you pretty much answered your question. (i think)
November 1, 2011 2:32:26 PM

atifahmedsiddiqui said:
what's the MAX memory? that's the problem I haven't found a concrete answer on. the intel.com says the chipset allows upto 8GB MAX memory. While the compaq presario A900 product specs page says it has 2 slots one with 1024 and the other is 2048. so a MAX memory is 3 GB in all.

hey atifahmedsidd,

Did u go ahead with the upgrade? I have a the same laptop and faced with the sam dilemma.

regards
Ranjith
November 16, 2011 8:47:14 AM

ranjiths said:
hey atifahmedsidd,

Did u go ahead with the upgrade? I have a the same laptop and faced with the sam dilemma.

regards
Ranjith

I need to know the same: it's quite a lot of money to go splashing out on memory, only to find the laptop isn't up to it
November 16, 2011 8:55:22 AM

ranjiths said:
hey atifahmedsidd,

Did u go ahead with the upgrade? I have a the same laptop and faced with the sam dilemma.

regards
Ranjith

I need to know the same: it's quite a lot of money to go splashing out on memory, only to find the laptop isn't up to it
November 16, 2011 8:55:56 AM

ranjiths said:
hey atifahmedsidd,

Did u go ahead with the upgrade? I have a the same laptop and faced with the sam dilemma.

regards
Ranjith

I need to know the same: it's quite a lot of money to go splashing out on memory, only to find the laptop isn't up to it
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