Upgraded my Dell D630 to 4GB RAM

That was quick:

  • Order placed with Crucial yesterday afternoon around 1.30pm for 2 sticks of 2GB RAM.
  • UPS guy called this morning at 11.30am with RAM.
  • Dell D630 laptop upgraded to 4GB RAM with the help of this tutorial. Only took about 20 minutes, although unscrewing and removing the keyboard was a bit nerve wrecking.
  • Rebooted and found that Linux only found 3.5GB of the RAM but fixing that is simple:

    # apt-get install linux-headers-server linux-image-server linux-server

  • Reboot and I see 4GB RAM. Should make running Firefox and Bibble Pro 5 a lot less painful. Both memory hogs.

4GB of DDR2 RAM only cost me about 50 Euro. I’m sure I have a receipt for 8MB of SDRAM I bought years ago. Cost me 100 quid then. So, 4GB of RAM back then would have cost a small fortune.



Edit: the server kernel has terrible video performance (unsurprisingly), I’ve gone back to the desktop kernel and will recompile it when that 500MB of RAM becomes a real necessity (or I move to a 64 bit version of Ubuntu).

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8 thoughts on “Upgraded my Dell D630 to 4GB RAM”

  1. The 64-bit version eats more memory. (Both the OS and the apps.)

    I installed it once on a machine with 1GB of RAM and quickly went back to 32-bit because of this. But I think that with 4GB RAM you’ll be fine. :-)


  2. I didnt had the best of experience with them…I ordered RAM last month and it took bloody 5 days for them to figure out my address…

  3. I’m amazed at how u open the keyboard!!!.. My Dell D610 backspace button came out and it took me 3 hours to put it but i broke the locks!!! so now replaced it with new one!!!

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