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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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laptop ddr and ddr2 ram

ok, I know there is somebody smarter than me out there when it comes to laptops (wouldn't take much)......... anyways, I have a POS Acer aspire 3000..... wanted to upgrade the ram in the laptop.... took my notes down, got a really good deal on ram....... after buying the ram (off of an ebay store) for a steal of a price, I refer back to my notes and realize my laptp has ddr ram, I bought ddr2 ram......... I know that they are physically the same, but I know the ddr2 processes at 667 MHZ where the ddr goes 333 (why isn't the ddr2 666?).... and therefore the motherboard wouldn't recognize the new ram........ my question, for the techies out there, is there any sort of program, or download, or patch, or driver that I could use to install so my laptop recognizes the ddr2 ram? I'm sick of my 512 MB of ram, too slow... the dr2 ram is 2GB worth.... so, you see why I want to figure out a way for this to work

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No. The memory you can use is directly related to the motherboard. If it doesn't have DDR2 sockets, you can't use DDR2 RAM. They are keyed differently specifically to prevent people from using them interchangeably. And they are also different voltages, so using DDR2 in a DDR slot tends to lead to smoke and other bad things.
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Unfortunately DDR and DDR2 are completely different beasts. I'm in the same boat as you, I have a DDR laptop. Unfortunately for us..........DDR RAM is at LEAST double the price of DDR2 RAM. 1GB runs nearly $100 most of the time.

If you need 256MB sticks, I have 2 of them that I could sell you cheap :p



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DDR is 184 pin...DDR2 and DDR3 are both 240 pin, which you may be thinking of when you said they were physically the same. In any case, no type of ram is compatible with any other type of slot.

And yeah, it does suck that DDR is nearly double the price of DDR2. But, the only option is to either fork it over, or buy a new laptop
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DDR is 184 pin...DDR2 and DDR3 are both 240 pin, which you may be thinking of when you said they were physically the same. In any case, no type of ram is compatible with any other type of slot.

And yeah, it does suck that DDR is nearly double the price of DDR2. But, the only option is to either fork it over, or buy a new laptop
ACTUALLY, They're both 200 PIN.........this is laptop DDR and DDR2.



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true...definitely ignored the laptop part

In any case, it's keyed differently so you'd have to do some modifying if you wanted to make ddr2 fit in a ddr1 slot...and I've seen people do worse. There were pics of some guy who CHISELED an agp vid card a few years ago to fit in a PCI slot.

with a CHISEL

p.s. please dont do this and become another internet joke show
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no, I just realized the other day that there is a very slight difference ~1/16" in where the little slot is cut into the ram card, so, it won't even fit..... %#^$%#%@!#.... okay, now I have 2 GB of completely useless DDR2 ram....
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no, I just realized the other day that there is a very slight difference ~1/16" in where the little slot is cut into the ram card, so, it won't even fit..... %#^$%#%@!#.... okay, now I have 2 GB of completely useless DDR2 ram....
Sell to someone who needs DDR2! There are TONS of laptops that take DDR2 RAM.



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when i upgraded the memory in my old dell 1150 laptop, it wouldn't even reconize the first stick we tried "they" the computer store said b/c of the brand, so they switched brands and it worked!!! Not saying that it will work in your laptop but just a thought!!!
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Out of curiosity how much would you want for the RAM. My girlfriends laptop uses ddr2 but im not really sure if she is willing to fork the money over to upgrade it from 512.
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