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

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.
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  1. compaq says the max is 2GB of memory.

    interesting you already have it working with 3GB
  2. 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.
  3. what does your BIOS say?
  4. just checked BIOS, it says 3GB installed. now can i upgrade to 8GB?
  5. first thing to do is check if the Intel 965 Express Chipset Family supports the addressing of 8GB
  6. there are 3 models of Intel 965 as in G, P and Q 965's, i'm not sure which one is mine. However, they all support 8GB max

    Intel G965
    http://ark.intel.com/chipset.aspx?familyID=22212

    Intel P965
    http://ark.intel.com/chipset.aspx?familyID=22754

    Intel Q965
    http://ark.intel.com/chipset.aspx?familyID=22756
  7. maybe at the time when they were tested the max memory size was 1GB per stick

    you could order two of these

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231202
  8. 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?
  9. maybe buy one and see if 4GB work by itself first
  10. so its a hit and try method?
  11. I don't think people have tried adding more then the recommended MAX memory
  12. 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.
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. What I read HP has listed a maximum of 4GB with 64-bit OS.

    ref - http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SupportTaskIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=130&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=3641174

    To determine the limiting Intel Chipset use CPU-z and look at the Mainboard tab; CPU-z - http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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