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Paper Tape
scottroper
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Registered: ‎10-27-2008
Location: USA
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PC2-4200 or PC2-5300 RAM for the S10?

The Atom N270 processor in the S10 operates on a 533 MHz FSB, but the Lenovo tech specs PDF shows the memory as PC2-5300 667MHz DDR2. The Lenovo product page for the S10 on lenovo.com also lists the RAM as PC2-5300 667MHz.

 

I'd like to upgrade the RAM by installing an extra 1GB in the 200-pin SODIMM slot, but which one should I use? The PC2-4200 533MHz DDR2 as tech support recommends, or the PC2-5300 667MHz DDR2 as the product info states?

 

I would appreciate anyone's thoughts! Thanks

Token Ring
Sxooter
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Registered: ‎10-01-2008
Location: Denver, CO
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Re: PC2-4200 or PC2-5300 RAM for the S10?

I know for a fact that the 667MHz memory works.  Haven't tried the slower 533MHz memory in an S10.  The cost difference is minimal.  I guess if I had a stick of 533 sitting around in a desk drawer I might try it, but with 1G 667MHz DDR2 SODIMMS going for $20.00 it's hard to get worked up over.
Paper Tape
scottroper
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Registered: ‎10-27-2008
Location: USA
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Re: PC2-4200 or PC2-5300 RAM for the S10?

Because it is so inexpensive, I might even try adding an extra 2GB of PC2-5300 667MHZ RAM. Tech support says the motherboard will only recognize a max of 1.5GB, (soldered-in 512MB + 1GB in the user slot) but I've seen some other threads here that say otherwise!

 

Thanks!

Token Ring
Sxooter
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Registered: ‎10-01-2008
Location: Denver, CO
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Re: PC2-4200 or PC2-5300 RAM for the S10?

Hmmm.  I haven't even tried it.  I bought 2x2G sticks for my SL400 and gave one of the old 1G sticks to my roommate for her S10.  Now that I think about it, I should have at least tested a 2G stick in her S10...

 

Now entering mad scientist mode.  Must aquire roommate's laptop for experimentation.

Retired Guru
skripatch
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Registered: ‎03-12-2008
Location: Moscow, Russia
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Re: PC2-4200 or PC2-5300 RAM for the S10?

I'd use 667 RAM. RAM speed can't exceed processor FSB speed, and Atom has 533 FSB. That means that even using 667 RAM will lead to RAM speed of 533.

But speed is not the only thing to keep in mind - RAM also has timings. Usually 667 RAM has better timings than  533, so using it is preferrable.

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scottroper
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Registered: ‎10-27-2008
Location: USA
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Re: PC2-4200 or PC2-5300 RAM for the S10?

I just ordered the S10 from Circuit City with 1GB RAM already installed and a 160GB HD with a black case. I had to cancel the order I placed on lenovo.com because evidently the only one you can buy on their website has 512MB and an 80GB HD. Whoops.

 

Anyway, when I receive it, I'm going to experiment myself. If I can get 2GB RAM to work, then I might try hacking in a SSD!

 

I have to be honest, it took me a while to wrap my head around buying a netbook. I run a liquid-cooled dual XEON 5355 Quad-Core 2.66 GHz PC Workstation at home with an ATTO UL5D Ultra320 PCIe to SCSI host adapter connected to a 7.5 TeraByte IntelliRaid RAID 3-0 storage system. Every time I looked at the new notebooks coming out, I got sucked in by the new dual-core processors and amazing mobile graphics cards, and the next thing I knew was I was looking at buying a +$2000 notebook and lugging around something that weighed 6 lbs. or more!  I travel internationally quite extensively, and all I ever do on the road is get on the web for flight schedules and hotels, check email and VPN into my home network. It's not like I'm running Adobe After Effects while I'm travelling! All of the other netbooks seemed like toys, but I finally realized that all I really needed was something that was well-built and rugged, super-light and small. An S10 with enough RAM and a solid-state hard drive would be a sweet road warrior!

 

Thanks for your helpful advice, and post back if you are successful with your experiments.