Upgrading RAM from 4GB to 8GB

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DallasCowboysFan, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. I have a HP computer with 4GB RAM.....HP Notebook - 15-ba009dx

    I want to upgrade it to 8GB.

    According to the specs from the comp I use: 4 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM (1 x4GB )

    I bought the laptop from Best Buy but they did not have the RAM I needed.

    You can buy 2 sticks of 4GB RAM or 1 stick of 8 GB . It says on the specs above that I have 1x4GB.

    That means I am running 1 stick of 4 RAM, but how can I tell if I need 1 x 8GB or 2x4GB

    Amazon lists 204 Pin SO-DIMM and 240 Pin DIMM .
    How do I determine which one I need based on the specs from HP?

    How do I determine the voltage? I think I have 1.35V.

    Is Crucial a good name for RAM or does it really matter? I have only bought RAM once and it was PNY.

    I went to Best Buy and the guy in the computer department knew less than I did about computers. He sent me to the Geek Squad. He looked up the model and told me that I needed DDR3L with 1.35V but then he told me that they did not have any in stock.

    Is this what I need :

    Crucial 8GB Single DDR3L 1600 MT/s (PC3L-12800) SODIMM 204-Pin Laptop Memory (CT102464BF160B



    HP Notebook - 15-ba009dx


    HP Notebook - 15-ba009dx Product Specifications

    Product number


    Product name

    HP Notebook - 15-ba009dx


    AMD Quad-Core A6-7310 APU (2 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz, 2 MB cache)

    Memory, standard

    4 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB)

    Video graphics

    • AMD Radeon™ R4 Graphics
    • Integrated
    Hard drive

    500 GB 5400 rpm SATA

    Optical drive

    SuperMulti DVD burner


    15.6" diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768)


    Full-size island-style with numeric keypad

    Pointing device

    Touchpad with multi-touch gesture support

    Wireless connectivity

    802.11b/g/n (1x1)

    Network interface

    Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN

    Expansion slots

    1 multi-format SD media card reader

    External ports

    1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 2 USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0; 1 RJ-45

    Minimum dimensions (W x D x H)

    38.43 x 25.46 x 2.43 cm

    Power supply type

    45 W AC power adapter

    Battery type

    3-cell, 31 Wh Li-ion


    VGA webcam (front-facing) with integrated digital microphone

    Audio features

    DTS Studio Sound™; Dual speakers

  2. Simples


    Search query

    Ie., take a look at the memorystock-link where you can search for product and get RAM type.

    Never cared enough about these details to memorize what is what, but important to get decent RAM. 64 GB is enough for me :D I have actually managed to max that out programming in Ninjatrader (not too hard to do), so can be useful to test heavy unoptimized code.

    Good if you can return broken or wrong product from internet order within some weeks - month.
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  3. Overnight


    Two non-customer-accessible/nonupgradable memory module slots DDR4-1866 dual channel support (DDR4-2400 bridge to DDR4-2133, and DDR4-2133 downgrade to DDR4-1866)

    Supports up to 16 GB of system RAM in the following conƭgurations :
    16384-MB total system memory (8192×2)[UMA models only]

    Check page 46...

  4. Overnight


    You'll have to check your specific model to see exactly which version of laptop you have, that manual seems all-inclusive of many MB configurations.
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  5. I
    I did not see the remarks you posted above.
    So......the RAM is not accessible and not upgradable?

    It looks pretty easy what I expected to do from the link you provided.

    The specs suggest I need a DDR3L...your remarks suggest a DDR4.. I did not think they were interchangable.

    Was I wrong about the max of 8GB....can it go to 16GB?

  6. 64? Holy Cow. That's fast.

    I want to get the order right the first time so I don't have to go through the hassle of returns.

    Next time, I"ll just invest in a better laptop. But it was on sale for dirt cheap and it was hard to resist.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2017
  7. just21


    The crucial website will test your pc and tell you what to order.
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  8. Turveyd


    If your not running a 64bit version of Windows then your not even fully using the 4gb so don't bother.

    Won't notice much of a performance game, unless your a gamer, 4gb is plently, 2gb is generally enough for anything.
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  9. I have 64bit X

    I am not a gamer but sometimes.... a few times a week. .. I'll have 4,5 windows open and then the screen locks up and will stay there for a minute or 2 .......

    It's irritating.

  10. Crucial said they did not have anything available.......same results for Kingston and Corsair....hmmm.
    #10     Jan 16, 2017