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memory speed and recognition

By ron_cronwell ·
SOLO 5300 Can I use 133mhs chip sets to upgrade memory?

I have 2 125mb 100mhz chip sets now and want ot upgrade to either a 512mb 133mhs or 2 256mb 133 mhs chips. But right now the laptop does not recognize the 133mhs memory.

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This laptop

by santeewelding In reply to memory speed and recognit ...

It is a candidate for the Smithsonian, right?

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Old

by ron_cronwell In reply to This laptop

Yes it is ancient, but reliable. Besides, my wife is comfortable with it. U am just attempting to give it a bit more horsepower for her minimal use.

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Memory specifications.

by Ron K. In reply to memory speed and recognit ...

http://support.gateway.com/s/manlib/Notebooks/Solo5300/8508144/8508144.htm<br>
"Use only PC100 memory modules." <br>
So the answer to your question, "Can I use 133mhs chip sets to upgrade memory?" is no, you can't.

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Limits and Issues

by TheChas In reply to memory speed and recognit ...

Another limitation posted in the specifications is that the largest memory modules you can use are 256 MB.

"Accepts 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256 MB SDRAM modules in any combination"

Many laptops were designed for specific memory modules. You need to match the voltage and memory density for any new memory you install.

I had very good luck with Memory Up providing the correct memory I needed to max out an older Toshiba laptop. While higher than the cheapest price I could find for the base memory type, the DIMMs from Memory Up actually worked with the laptop first try.

From the Memory Up page for Solo 5300:

"Your Gateway Solo 5300 only supports memory modules made with a specific type of chip. Should you find what seems to be the exact same memory modules elsewhere for a lower price, it is very possible that the cheaper memory modules will not work in your system. By using Memory-Up's Memory Finder, your selected memory modules are Guaranteed To Work or your money back."

There may be other sources for proper memory modules for older laptops, but I have had success with Memory Up.

Chas

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