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Memory Upgrade on Vaio vgn-fw170J

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October 6, 2011 7:27:30 PM

Hi folks.

I have a Sony Vaio vgn-fw170J, currently with 4GB RAM (2x2GB). I would like to upgrade to 8GB RAM (2x4GB Corsair).

Does anybody know if this model supports such amount of RAM?

Thanks.
a c 571 D Laptop
October 7, 2011 12:29:36 AM

Hello chrisreichel;

What do you expect upgrading to 8GB of RAM to do for you that 4GB can't?
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October 7, 2011 12:31:31 AM

Sony VAIO VGN-FW170J/H Laptop RAM upgrade report @
Crucial Memory Advisor
They usually get it right.
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October 7, 2011 2:10:49 PM

@WR2

I'm currently learning how to work with some Oracle stuff (OSB and SOA Suite), they use a lot of ram (consider also the fact that they are running on virtual machines).

So, I need more RAM.
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October 7, 2011 2:14:27 PM

And thanks for the link. According them, this amount is not supported.

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=VAIO%...

"Memory Type: DDR2 PC2-6400, DDR2 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 4GB
Slots: 2
Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-6400 with a maximum of 2GB per slot.*
*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory."

"... System is at maximum memory, no upgrades are possible ..."
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October 7, 2011 2:53:24 PM

VMs and large databases are good reasons to add RAM.
It seems you might have workstation/server class workloads and you're using a mid-range laptop.

It's probably worth digging a little deeper since the that Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset has a design MAX RAM capability of 8GB.
And this website guarantees compatible a 8GB
Sony VAIO VGN FW170 Notebook/Laptop Memory Upgrade.

It wouldn't be the first time a MFGR has put artifical limits on RAM capacity.
You'd probably want to find other VGN FW170 owners who did a successful upgrade to 8GB before you take the plunge. Just to make sure there isnt a Sony BIOS issue or other limitation I can't see.
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October 7, 2011 4:50:14 PM

I've talk with the Support guys from 4AllMemory, and they assured me that it will work (of course if I use a 64Bit Operating System).

Once again, thank you @WR2.
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October 7, 2011 4:51:49 PM

Be sure to post back and let us know how it turned out.
These type of questions come up quite a bit.
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October 7, 2011 4:57:21 PM

Ok, I'll.

I believe that will take some days to delivery, because I'm in Brazil.
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October 14, 2011 2:07:15 AM

Best answer selected by chrisreichel.
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October 17, 2011 9:52:35 PM

The amount of memory was updated, it supports 8GB.

Thx.
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