Well, since my two week return actually expired yesterday, it looks like I’m keeping the Samsung Q1 UMPC. I’ll have a full review and my reasoning as soon as I can. I actually thought my 14-days expired today, but James set me straight via a Skype […]

Q1_512 Well, since my two week return actually expired yesterday, it looks like I’m keeping the Samsung Q1 UMPC. I’ll have a full review and my reasoning as soon as I can. I actually thought my 14-days expired today, but James set me straight via a Skype video chat this morning. It was actually difficult to understand him because he was using the Sony UX; the conversation was in Japanese with English subtitles. ;)

So "Sammy" went under the knife again. This time it wasn’t just to see his private parts, it was to upgrade his memory from 512 MB to 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. You can see by my snipping here that he was only functioning with half his capable memory, so a planned purchase from last week that was sitting in a box was the ticket. Just why do they need a 1 cubic foot box for a small RAM module, anyway? Well, that’s besides the point: if you’re a faithful watcher of E.R. or just want to know how to upgrade the RAM on a Q1, this one’s for you.

BEFORE I BEGIN: if you decide to upgrade your Sammy, you’re on your own in terms of liability meaning: don’t blame me if something breaks! I’m sure that the warranty is void as well, so keep that in mind when making this choice.

DISCLAIMER #2: I didn’t think to boot into the AVS Station software after the upgrade, but Ramon did. He reports that the Windows XP Embedded side doesn’t boot after the upgrade and I confirmed the same behavior. I’ll be researching, but in the meantime, you should be aware of this issue.

You’ll need a small Philips-head screwdriver and a 1 GB DDR2-533 SODIMM, 200-pin replacement chip which can easily be found online. At the time of this writing, expect to pay between $108 and $185 for this. The first step is to make sure the device is powered down, unplugged and has the battery removed. Then, carefully remove the six screws that I’ve highlighted below.


Once the screws are removed, the back cover of the case can be removed. Be very careful as there are two small "teeth", one on the left side and one the right side that keep the front and back together. Don’t rush this step. Once you’ve removed the back case, you’ll see the 512 MB RAM module in the center of Sammy’s guts.


See the two silver clips, one on each side of the RAM chip? Those are what keep the SODIMM module held in place. Carefully slide each clip away from the module, from inside to outside. Don’t be alarmed when the RAM chip pops up at a 45-degree angle; the clips are what hold it down, so this is expected.


Now the the 512 MB module is sticking up, carefully slide it out at the same angle from the memory bank. Once removed, you simply reverse the instructions by sliding the 1 GB module in at an angle, gently press it down flat against Sammy and move the silver clips back in place to hold it down. Once completed, you’ll see your 1 GB memory module in place and you can carefully replace the cover.


After all of the screws are back in place and Sammy is one piece again, you can replace the battery and or plug in the AC adapter. Once Sammy has a power source, just boot back up; there’s no need to make any adjustments in the BIOS as the Q1 and Windows XP will automatically identify and use the additional memory as evidenced by the below snipping after boot-up.


Although I haven’t benchmarked anything yet, the Samsung Q1 appears to respond a little snappier with the extra RAM. Keep in mind that the Intel graphics will use up to 128 MB of memory from your RAM module, so without the upgrade, there could be times where you’re running apps with a maximum of 384 MB of RAM; not an ideal amount of memory for running Windows XP Tablet Edition and a few apps concurrently. One other note; I booted into my Windows Vista partition after the upgrade. Previously, Vista was understandably sluggish on the Q1; with the extra memory, I see a marked difference in the response time of the new OS, so I may end up doing additional testing in that area. Watch for updates.

Since I had the case cracked open and some folks asked for additional pics the last time, here are some more, in no particular order for you sick-o’s.





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  1. I am so tempted to do this, as I have notice a bit of sluggishness. BUT, I purchased the additional warranty from Best Buy as well, and after paying $249 for that, I’d hate to void it. Do you think that warranty would be voided as well or just the Samsung one?

  2. I’m planning on doing this upgrade when my Q1 arrives. Best Buy was to have shipped mine out today for delivery tomorrow (which I confirmed by phone this morning), but I just checked for a tracking number and it’s now showing backordered. Yet another Best Buy disappointment. The good news is that CDW has more than 100 units in stock, so I’ll hopefully still have my Q1 by Monday.

  3. Kevin, you got cheated out of .01 MB of RAM! I’d take it out and send it back.

  4. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, June 8, 2006

    Actually, what I neglected to tell everyone is that I didn’t get the Q1 model; I got the Q.99 so it actually makes sense. :)

  5. No wonder AVS doesn’t work then. :)

  6. Matt- Just do in store pick up! That’s what I did. Before they even had them in store they had them in the back waiting to put them out.

  7. WHERE?!?!

  8. Dimitrios L Scott Thursday, June 8, 2006

    if you set the video ram to 128,in the bio’s it runs a lot better.does anyone know how to get av now to work after the ram upgrade. and does every thing work in windows vista?

  9. I managed to get AVS working last night with a 1GB upgrade.
    You’ll need a usb keyboard and whilst it tries to boot AVS just press F8 then select the option to delete settings or similar.

    One problem I did have tho was I messed around in the Bios and enabled boot sector write protection. This meant I could no longer boot Windows it always ran AVS, no matter which way I pushed the powerswitch.


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