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I’m betting that a fair number of UMPC owners got the RAM upgrade bug right after I did last June. That’s when I threw caution to the wind and opened up my few-week old Samsung Q1 UMPC to swap out 512 MB SODIMM for a 1 […]

2gb_ddr2533_sodimm_ramI’m betting that a fair number of UMPC owners got the RAM upgrade bug right after I did last June. That’s when I threw caution to the wind and opened up my few-week old Samsung Q1 UMPC to swap out 512 MB SODIMM for a 1 GB SODIMM. The process is so easy that a caveman just about anyone can do it in a few minutes. That small investment of time and money pays back in spades, especially on a UMPC running Vista.

Turns out that you can get a 2 GB RAM module that fits in our UMPCs as well: the question is, will it work? Rather than have you shell out the bucks, I’m going to take another one for the team. I’ve been in conversation with Upgrade Computer Memory on the topic for two reasons: first, they have a great price for the RAM at $206.99 and second, they have a very liberal 30-day return policy. I’ve placed my order and expect to see the 2 GB SODIMM later this week. Once it arrives, I’ll carefully install it and see what (if anything) happens. My suspicion is that my Q1P will only recognize half of the memory; the folks at UCM figure that the BIOS might be the limiting factor here. If that’s true, that would be a tragic shame (and something I’d love to see the OEMs work on) because 2 GB of memory in a UMPC might provide a nice performance boost! Cross your fingers….

  1. If it works i will be on the boat with you and upgrade my Q1P which is 2 days old now and loving it.

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  2. Race ya!
    I was planning on picking mine up right after work, but if you are already ordering one…
    Okay – you get this story ;)

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  3. I hope it works! You’ve got me anxious now!

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  4. Andrew Forde Monday, May 14, 2007

    I keep hoping something like this will be made available and will work for my P1610. After making the recent registry hacks things are running MUCH better but I would still like more ram to make things even more snappy.

    Fingers crossed for the Q1… I upgraded mine to 1GB a week after having it but don’t currently use it enough to warrant spending the cash. However if it works and you see enough performance boost then I may well lay down the cash… assuming I can find a good price in the UK.

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  5. I hope it works. I doubt it will unless there’s a BIOS update. It’s usually the case for motherboards accepting newer versions of processors. It would be great if Samsung released some information on what exactly changes during their BIOS updates.

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  6. yeah i’m not getting my hopes up too much because i’m pretty sure the bios will only let the mobo go up to 1gb. any gurus out there willing to come up with a custom bios upgrade to let the q1 take 2gb of ram?

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  7. Don't Panic! Monday, May 14, 2007

    Way to go Kevin!

    There is a re-stocking fee though… right, Isn’t there?

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  8. Andrew Beery Monday, May 14, 2007

    So question… is this the same type of memory module that the p1610 uses? If someone can confirm it is… I’ll go ahead and try it out as well and let the group know

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  9. well dvnation.com sales a q1 with 2GB ram installed so i’m guessing it would work.

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  10. Don't Panic! Monday, May 14, 2007

    Got a link?

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