Using different ram capacity on a laptop along with stock ram

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    Windows 7 & 10
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    Using different ram capacity on a laptop along with stock ram


    I have a alienware 15 r3 and would like to upgrade the ram, Can i find a 16gb stick with the same specs and add that to the single channel of 8gb that is already in it? Ive done this without caring in older machines but never on a newer gaming laptop. if i can get a general okay from the community Id open up the laptop and find the exact model of ram unless a windows utility can find the rams model and brand and then see if theres a very similar stick but in a 16gb form. If this will be a pain or potentially full of issues then id imagine a 16gb kit is the next best option.
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    Mac OS Catalina
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 & 10
    Thread Starter
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    Saw crucial, seems like they would be a good brand but their page doesn't say anything about adding it to a preexisting 8gb.
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    Mac OS Catalina
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    Look again. Those modules are what are compatible with your laptop. You buy the stick and then install. Your stick that is in there is going to be a standard DDR4 as listed for the spec’s for it on Dell’s website for the Product ID of the laptop.
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Easy to check/replace ram on that laptop:

    Using different ram capacity on a laptop along with stock ram-image.png

    Remove base first, six screws. See manual: https://www.dell.com/support/manuals...5ed&lang=en-us
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  7. Posts : 13,957
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Rats, doesn't work for me:

    Using different ram capacity on a laptop along with stock ram-image.png

    Edit: Sent the debugmode txt files to them. See what they come up with.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 03 Sep 2019 at 20:29.
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  8. Posts : 8,691
    Mac OS Catalina
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    wmic memorychip list full in cmd.exe will also give you full details without some third party software. Same as msconfig system report.
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  9. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 & 10
    Thread Starter
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    Saw crucial, seems like they would be a good brand but their page doesn't say anything about adding it to a preexisting 8gb.
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  10. Posts : 17,358
    Windows 11 Pro
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    bro67 said:
    wmic memorychip list full in cmd.exe will also give you full details without some third party software. Same as msconfig system report.
    And then Google the part number returned:

    Code:
    C:\Windows\system32>wmic memorychip list full
    
    
    BankLabel=BANK 0
    Capacity=17179869184
    DataWidth=64
    Description=Physical Memory
    DeviceLocator=DIMM A
    FormFactor=12
    HotSwappable=
    InstallDate=
    InterleaveDataDepth=1
    InterleavePosition=1
    Manufacturer=802C0000802C
    MemoryType=0
    Model=
    Name=Physical Memory
    OtherIdentifyingInfo=
    PartNumber=16ATF2G64HZ-2G3H1
    PositionInRow=1
    PoweredOn=
    Removable=
    Replaceable=
    SerialNumber=186ABE3F
    SKU=
    Speed=2400
    Status=
    Tag=Physical Memory 0
    TotalWidth=64
    TypeDetail=16512
    Version=
    
    
    BankLabel=BANK 2
    Capacity=17179869184
    DataWidth=64
    Description=Physical Memory
    DeviceLocator=DIMM B
    FormFactor=12
    HotSwappable=
    InstallDate=
    InterleaveDataDepth=1
    InterleavePosition=2
    Manufacturer=80AD000080AD
    MemoryType=0
    Model=
    Name=Physical Memory
    OtherIdentifyingInfo=
    PartNumber=HMA82GS6MFR8N-TF
    PositionInRow=1
    PoweredOn=
    Removable=
    Replaceable=
    SerialNumber=81269760
    SKU=
    Speed=2133
    Status=
    Tag=Physical Memory 1
    TotalWidth=64
    TypeDetail=16512
    Version=
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