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Ramit1
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Increase Ram from 1.5 GB to 4 GB? Need advise

Hi Dell Friends, I  have inspiron 1520, i have upgraded my ram to 1.5 GB DDR2 from 1 GB, i wanted to increase it to 4GB, Should i have 2 GB ddR2 sticks or just 1 stick of 4GB RAM. please advise.


System configuration is Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5250 1.5 GHZ,32 bit OS..

Also windows vista home premium makes the system slow,what do you advise 4 GM RAM with Windows Vista Home premium should be OK or should i go for Windows 7 - 32bit or Windows XP. I am using Vista on Lenovo awesome..butter smooth..

Ramit1

Dell Inspiron 1520, 1.5 GB Ram Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5250 1.5 GHZ,32 bit OS..Ssytem type :- 32 bit , OS Windows Vista SP1

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Re: Increase Ram from 1.5 GB to 4 GB? Need advise

The official max for RAM on this system is 2G - 2X1G modules.  Some have reported 2X2 will work - however, with or without 64-bit Windows, you won't see more than 3.2 G from this system.  The chipset does not support memory remapping so you will not see all 4G of RAM.

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Increase Ram from 1.5 GB to 4 GB? Need advise

The official max for RAM on this system is 2G - 2X1G modules.  Some have reported 2X2 will work - however, with or without 64-bit Windows, you won't see more than 3.2 G from this system.  The chipset does not support memory remapping so you will not see all 4G of RAM.

The Inspiron 1520 has 4 GB maximum listed on Crucial. It is recommended you get that part:

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Inspiron%201520&Cat=RAM

Crucial RAM in general works better with Dell systems than other manufacturers RAM.

Vista will run pretty awfully on 1-1.5 GB of RAM but better on 3-4 GB.

Windows 7 will always run better than Windows Vista so is recommended.  As your processor the T5250 has a 64 bit instruction set then you are best to install Windows 7 64 bit. You may only get 3.25 GB of RAM usable as mentioned above but it is a lot better than 1.5 GB of RAM.

Because Dell don't support this OS on this model there are no official drivers, fortunately I have created a list on unofficial drivers which you may find here:

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/w/microsoft_os/4558.inspiron-1520-windows-7-... 

If you are considering upgrading hardware and your OS its probably a good time to consider purchase of a Solid State Drive, this will also significantly speed up your system and can likewise be found in the Crucial link. I would say 128 GB is the minimum size of drive you should consider. 256 GB is more comfortable but pricier.

My Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 7 will help with the installation and setup of Windows 7:

http://philipyip.wordpress.com/dell-community-forums/

 

 

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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