Are you sure it was a low voltage Stick of ram. 1.35v is the max you can put in this laptop. You may also have gotten a bad stick. More likely its the first but try returning it and getting something different.
3137. Installed the 8gb critical ram in less than 5 mins and it works like a new machine, how a PC is supposed to work. The standard HDD is fine and I will likely not upgrade to the SSD now. Thanks everyone for the good advice.
I am a novice when it comes to hardware changes. What do you mean by the 8GB upgrade will work as long as 'used low-voltage, 1.35v stick 'and it was recognized?
Is that something additional that needs to be purchased?
One more question. I read in one of the reviews that the person upgraded the inspiron 3137 with the following two things. I get what the 1st one is for, but what is the second and do I need it?
Crucial 8GB Single 8GB DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Notebook Memory CT102464BF160B
Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1
That was probably my review. And I recommend both upgrades for a nice speed increase and not a lot of money. Those are the part numbers and descriptions, if you want those exact ones.
- For memory, any 4GB or 8GB DDR3 1600 204-Pin SODIMM at 1.35V should work.
- To upgrade to a solid state drive (SSD), any 7mm height, 2.5" form factor SSD should work. As far as capacity, it's up to you, but 120GB/128GB is sufficient if you don't keep a lot of files on your machine. You would need to download the free Apricorn EZ Gig IV cloning software to copy your current drive to the new SSD, then physically swap them out.
If you have specific questions feel free to PM me.
Inspiron 11 3137: Pentium 3556U, 8GB G.SKILL RAM upgrade, 128GB Transcend SSD upgrade, running Win 10 x64