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Old 12-29-03, 02:13 PM
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Is it OK to mix memory manufacturers?

I want to upgrade my laptop's memory. It now has 2 sticks of Samsung 256MB DDR 2700 in it now. It sucks that I have to waste a 256 stick now, but whatever. Anyway, is it OK to put another manufacturer's 512MB stick in there along with the remaining 256MB Samsung? I'm not sure if there are issues with mix and matching manufacturers. Thanks!
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Generally it's fine. Even if you get the same brand of memory the chips on it are often from different manufacturers.
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OK thanks X! Just another quick question, it seems that one of my Samsung chips may be defective since it only shows up as 222MB instead of 256MB, no matter if I switch slots. Is there any other reason there could be this discrepancy?
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OK, never mind on that last question. I found out that my video card takes it's memory from my system RAM.
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wow, what a great video card.
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I know its kinda cheesy. It's a Toshiba Satellite A35-S209 that I just picked up from Circuit City for $1200 after rebates (its in this weeks ad). It's a 2.8 P4 with 512 RAM and a 60GB hard drive, but I dont understand why it has to take 32MB from the system ram. I would think it would have its own.
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You'll see alot of the "integrated" video cards in lower end systems doing the same now thing with desktops. A pc we have in the bedroom for mp3's and dvd is sucking 16 megs off the system ram.

My toshiba laptop (similar to yours) is doing the same thing. If you look at the documentation, they probably mention to have 32 megs of "shared" video ram.

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