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Re: Satellite A100-803 - CPU Upgrade question

Question: Re: Satellite A100-803 - CPU Upgrade question

I have a Toshiba Satellite A100-803 laptop at the moment. There is an Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 cpu in it and it is a bit slow. It also doesn't support VT-x extensions.

My idea is to build a simple hobby-server which should run Gentoo with Xen on it. I can buy an Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, but there are two things I would like to know.

1. Does the bios support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600?
2. If it does support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, is there any way to use the VT-x extensions?

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Answer: Re: Satellite A100-803 - CPU Upgrade question

>1. Does the bios support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600?
This is not known to me but you should check if the chipset would support the the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600. If the chipset does not support this CPU then you cannot use this CPU in your A100. but if the chipset would support the new CPU then you?ve good chances to use this part.

>2. If it does support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, is there any way to use the VT-x extensions?
Hmm? this is a good question; as far as I know the BIOS needs to support the VT-x feature in order to use this? of course the CPU should support this too? so I think that the VT-x should be available if the upgrade to Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 would be successful?

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hello all and happy new year .

First of all , sorry for my bad english .

I bought a Satellite A100-386 few years ago and i'm really satisfied, but my hard disk drive is down .
So i wanted to know if i could put a 2,5'' S-ATA II Hard drive in, like this.

because when i see satellite features, they mention a hard disk with only S-ATA .
Is there any compatibility ?

Thank you for answer :)

Bye bye

Answer:Satellite A100-386 - HDD upgrade question


Yes, I think this should be possible.
The A100 supports SATA HDDs controller and theoretically you could use any 2.5? SATA HDD.


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i have a Toshiba Satelite A100-200 i want to upgrade to 4 gb.
I'm thinking of installing 2x 2GB kingston kvr667d2s5/2g 667mhz pc 5300 ddr2.

Every time i do a check on websites it tells me to install PC24200 ddr2 533.
Will the above work the same as the 4200 ddr2 533hz as the ones i want to put in are a lot cheaper.

Will both sets of ram pergorm exactly the same as long as they are paired.


Answer:Satellite A100-200 RAM upgrade question


Everything depends on your FSB (front side bus).
If the FSB supports 667Mhz then the inserted PC5300 667Mhz modules will run with full performance (667Mhz).

But if the FSB supports only 533Mhz then the RAM modules will run only at 533Mhz even you would use the faster modules (PC5300)

So what you should do is to check the FSB value. You can install a hardware diagnostic tool (i.e Everest home edition) in order to check the FSB.


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Hi all,

I have a Satellite Pro A100 PSAACE that I want to upgrade. I currently have 1GB of RAM in two 512MB modules. I looked on and it said I need DDR2-PC2 4200 (240 pin DIMM) modules, but they of course want to sell their own stuff that only comes in 1GB modules.
So what is the maximum amount of RAM my comp can take? I would like to have more than 2GB in order to make my paging file smaller. Is 2GB the maximum I can put in?

Answer:Question about RAM Upgrade on Satellite Pro A100

Your machine should be able to take 4 GB of RAM (but read first this article about the 4GB limit on 32Bit systems -> ) but I would suggest you to upgrade only to 2GB since you won?t recognize personally more than 2GB when you?re working with your machine.

So, if you want you can also upgrade to 4GB but only 3GB would be available for work (4GB limit !! ).


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Ii have a Satellite A100-165 (PSAA9E-00V00HFR)
Does it accept SO-DIMM of 2GB?

Answer:RAM upgrade question for Satellite A100-165

why i cant view this thread??

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Would my laptop support [WD Scorpio Bule 500GB|] ?

Answer:Satellite A100-599 - HDD upgrade question


I think it should be possible because the notebook supports SATA 2.5? HDD.
Therefore you can use nearly all 2.5? SATA HDDs.


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I need help to upgrade my A100-334 to vista!?
I use the disks provided by toshiba. It says that the newest Bios is already installed (vers.5.60).

After running the second disk it says I should deinstall DVD-RAM Driver/BD Driver Software and Toshiba configfree.

Then it says that the following problems will not prevent the upgrade from running but that some applications or items might not work properly. The list is long.

Here are some example:
TOSHIBA diagnostic tool, Sun Java scheduler, TOSHIBA controls, TOSHIBA Power saver Bluetooth settings and so on.

Is it recommendable to deinstall all these items?
What can I do?

I appreciate any help Thanks - Detlef

Answer:Satellite A100-334: Question about upgrade the XP to Vista

Hi Detlef

Well, what to say? as I understand your issue you didn?t perform a new, clean Vista install but you have tried to update the full XP to Vista.

I don?t wonder that this update doesn?t run smoothly and that you get some notifications about the tools and driver compatibility problems.

Fact is that many drivers, tools and utilities which are designed for the XP OS don?t run on the Vista OS. Therefore it?s necessary and advisable to remove ALL programs which are not compatible with the Vista!

In my personal opinion you should perform a clean Vista installation and then you could download and install all necessary Toshiba Vista drivers and utilities.

Best regards and greetings to Germany ;)

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I've had the misfortune to get 2 KVR667D2S5/1G sodimms for my Toshiba Satellite A100-551 laptop which don't work by themselves either as a single sodimm or as a pair, it doesn't matter which slot they go into - they don't work.

However when the orignal 512Mb sodimm is put back into one of the slots - it doesn't matter which - either of the kvr etc sodimms work giving a total of 1.5Gb of ram.
Please help me to solve this problem.

Also is it poss. to upgrade cpu ie is cpu socketed. I've already upgraded many a laptop cpu when thay had socketed cpus, so I'm aware of the problems involved
Thanking you all for your kind help in this matter.


Answer:Question about memory & CPU upgrade on Satellite A100-551

Hi Mike

> I've had the misfortune to get 2 KVR667D2S5/1G sodimms for my Toshiba Satellite A100-551 laptop which don't work by themselves either as a single sodimm or as a pair, it doesn't matter which slot they go into - they don't work.
It?s clear -> modules seems to be not compatible ;)

> However when the original 512Mb sodimm is put back into one of the slots - it doesn't matter which - either of the kvr etc sodimms work giving a total of 1.5Gb of ram.

Cannot believe that! As far as I know this notebook was delivered only with one 512MB DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM module.
Of course you can upgrade the memory up to 2GB using two 1024MB modules.

The compatible memory can you find here:

> Also is it poss. to upgrade cpu ie is cpu socketed. I've already upgraded many a laptop cpu when they had socketed cpus, so I'm aware of the problems involved
Well, what to say, the CPU is socked? you can find out it easily using an hardware diagnostic program like ?Everest?. It would provide many useful information about your notebooks hardware.

But to be honest, I?m very skeptical about CPU upgrade on the notebooks.
If you have already changed several CPUs on the notebooks then you should know that this is not very easy and more tricky like the CPU upgrade on the desktop PCs.

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Hello everybody,

I have Satellite Pro A100-244 (PSAAC) comes with standard RAM "512 (533MHz)" and i have replaced it with 1GB (533MHz)

And now I want to add 2GB RAM in the other slot but i could not find RAM 2GB with bus (533MHz), I can find only RAMs with (667MHz)

I just want to know if it's okay to add these two RAMS together with these different bus "1GB (533MHz) with 2GB (667MHz)"

Please let me know if there any danger or any problem could cause or if the computer would decrease the performance

Looking forward to your help

Best regards,

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-244 PSAAC - RAM Upgrade Question

667MHz *should* work at 533MHz, but its not guaranteed to work, you will need to test it before purchasing the memory.

Usually memory has an SPD table that tells the BIOS what timings to use at various speeds, but even if the SPD has a 533MHz in the table, there may still be a compatibility issue.

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I've an A100 -02M with 512MB in the 2 slots
What's the maximum memory I can have in each slot?
I've had some websites telling me 1024 MB & others telling me 2048MB

Phil W

Answer:Satellite A100-02M: Memory Upgrade question


As far as I know the Satellite A100-02M can be upgraded up to 2GB RAM.
This means that you can use 2 x 1GB RAM? 1GB DDR2 RAM (667 MHz) in each slot?


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I have a Satellite A100-003 (PSAARE) with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit installed and 2GB RAM (1024+1024 DDR2 533MHz).

I want to upgrade my system with 2x2GB DDR2 667MHz Ram.
When I use 2x2GB rams, does my system recognize them?
Or will it only recognize less than 4GB?

Is there any connection between ram and 32 Bit OS?
What are your suggestions?


Answer:Satellite A100-003 PSAARE - Ram upgrade question

> When I use 2x2GB rams, does my system recognize them?
> Or will it only recognize less than 4GB

You use the Windows 32bit system. This means that your Windows OS can recognize max 3.2GB RAM. This is max possible RAM for 32bit systems.

But as far as I know this supports max 2GB RAM. This has been mentioned in user manual page 22 and 33

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I have always problem when I intend to turn off, and a message shows that my Intel wireless don't want to turn off now and I have to click on the button to turn off immediatelly?! Any one can help me?

And another question: I have seen in Internet, there are some new Slotload DVD DL DVD+/- from Pioneer, from Panasonic. Can I change my Combo (Pioneer too) with this one above ( I love Slot load DVD Combo ) ? Any problem with the garranties ?

Answer:Satellite A100-692: drive upgrade and Wlan shutdown question

1.) I don?t know if it helps but you can try to reinstall the Wlan driver.

2.) You should know that not all drives are compatible and supported on the notebook. The best way is to contact the Toshiba service partner in your country if you want to order the compatible drive. It?s important because of the master/slave/csel settings.
If the drive has wrong settings the BIOS will not recognize the device

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I want to buy some RAM for my laptop Satellite A100-702. I think I can use the "Kingston 1GB SO-DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300", these exist with 2GB as well. So, my question is: Can I put 2 x 2GB RAM in my laptop so I have 4 GB in the end??? Thanks for your answers!


Answer:RAM upgrade at Satellite A100-702

Yes you can. According the notebook specification it can handle with 4 GB RAM.

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I have a 478 Intel Celeron? Processor 2.80 GHz, 128K Cache, 400 MHz FSB cpu and wonder if i can put it in my Toshiba Satellite Pro A100 mainboard ati sb450.

If not what can i upgrade my cpu with, thanx

Answer:Satellite A100 - CPU upgrade


Take a look here:

Usually the CPU upgrade is not supported but some users here in the forum were able to upgrade the CPU.

You would have good chances with such upgrade using a CPU from the same family.
Furthermore you should check the chipset properties. It?s important that notebook?s chipset would support the new CPU. Otherwise you will not be able to use it.

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Hi all, I'm considering upgrading RAM on my *SATELLITE A100-667* (PSAARE-02700DIT). Does anyone knows the maximum amount of ram I can install? Which clock is supported? (553, 667...)

And what about CPU? The notebook comes with an Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5500 @ 1,66 GHz over Intel i945PM chipset.

Thank you in advance for any information.


Answer:Re: Satellite A100-667 - RAM and CPU upgrade


I think you should also check your user manual regarding RAM upgrades. As far as I know you can upgrade your notebook to 4GB RAM. Therefore you can use DDR2-533 modules. You buy it from an authorized service provider or Kingston modules also recommendable.

The CPU upgrade is not supported. The BIOS and mainboard are only tested with the preinstalled CPU.
Check also similar threads about this question.

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I would like to upgrade the RAM for my A100-847 from my current 512 MB by adding another module for 512 MB but i face a compatibility problem because looking at the manual the only compatible modules are the following:
256 MB: PA3389U-1M25
512 MB: PA3412U-1M51
1 GB: PA3411U-1M1G
I tried looking for a module with these codes but I didn't find any in Romania. I could find a module from another manufacturer with the same specification but I don't know if these would function properly .
So I need some advice .



Answer:RAM upgrade for a Satellite A100-847


which manufacturer you have seen? If they have the same specs, then they should fit. The best decision would be to take some kingston or crucial modules. They were tested to work well with toshibas, so just consider buying some kingstons with the specs of the original toshiba modules and have fun with them.

In case of some further question just ask.


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Is it true that i can change my CPU on Satellite A100-906 ?! For example with Core2 Duo 2.16Ghz ?

Answer:Is it possible to upgrade the CPU of Satellite A100-906?

Hi buddy,

shortly I can say: no

And if you want to know why then read this post. It should answer almost all your questions.

Nice weekend and greetings

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I have Satellite A100-011 notebook. And i want to upgrade its memory. It has 1GB DDR2 533 hz ram. My questions are as follows;
1-How many ram slots does it have?
2- Can i add 2GB DDR2 533 hz ram more, if yes , will it be 3GB total? Or shoud i replace 2gb with 1gb?
3- ?s it possible to use DDR3 rams or diffrent frequence like 800 hz?
4- Which mark i should use for upgrade? Kingston etc?
5- ?f i upgrade my notebook's memory, can i install windows7 32 bit (i have windows vista at the moment)

Thank you in advance

Answer:Satellite A100-011 - RAM upgrade


I?ll try to give you some answers:

# According notebook specification it has two RAM slots
# Your notebook can handle with 4 GB max so you can do whatever you want and it depends how many RAM you want to have inside. You can buy one RAM module with 2GB and have 3GB RAM. This should be enough to work with Vista or even Win7. Of course you can upgrade it to maximum and buy 2 X 2GB.
# it has no sence at all. If FSB speed of your mainboard is 53MHz why to use 800MHZ modules. Your notebook will not be faster due to RAMs with more MHz.
# Yes, Kingston produces high quality modules and using Kingston you should not have any compatibility issues.
# I don?t see any reason why you should not be able to install Win7 but before you do this visit Toshiba support page and check if your notebook model is supported for Win7.

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Im just wondering what can I upgrade the HDD to for my A100? The hard drive in now is a 120GB and its useless at this point because of an issue I had with it.
I was thinking of going with this one but I don't know about Toshiba's Hardware Upgrades policy. agate



Answer:Re: Satellite A100-172 - Can I upgrade the HDD?

That HDD will work in the A100. The only problem is that its 7200RPM, which can get very hot. 5400RPM might be a better solution.

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I want to upgrade my hard drive but I am unsure if it?s an IDE or SATA. I?ve found software that gives me all laptop information and under the hard disk drive its got interface IDE SATA, so I am non the wiser the hard drive is a TOSHIBA MK6034GSX.

I have a Satellite A100-259 PSAA2E.

Many thanks.

Answer:HDD upgrade on my Satellite A100-259


According the notebook specification your notebook is delivered with 60GB HDD. Interface: Serial ATA Rev. 1.0a.

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I have recently tried to upgrade the existing 512 MB in my laptop with an additional 1n GB sourced from the internet.
Both chips work individually but when I try to boot on both installed the screen goes blank on boot but pc is running and making all the right sounds.
Any help would be great.

Satellitte Pro A100


Answer:RAM upgrade at Satellite Pro A100

That sound really strange dude? fact is that if a memory module would be not compatible or not supported then the notebook would not boot up.

But listen buddy; nothing is impossible. Maybe the both modules cannot run together and therefore this issue happens ?:|

Generally it?s advisable and recommended using both, identical memory modules.
In such case you can be 100% sure that both RAM?s would run together trouble free!

Check this !

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What CPU can be used to upgrade the Satellite A100-683. Currently the Intel Core Duo T2250 has been installed.

I would like to upgrade my CPU and memory.;

(1) What is the maximum CPU that is supported by the mainboard?
(2) What kind of CPU kan I use. Thinking about a Intel Core Due T7200 or T7600?
(3) What kind of memory can I use to upgrade to 4Gb?

Looking forward to any reply thagt is usefull!

Answer:Upgrade CPU for Satellite A100-683


I think since your machine is not anymore in warranty, you won?t get any problems or a revocation of some kind of warranty when opening your machine and doing some techie-like work on it. :)

1. It should be the Core2Duo T7600
2. Use the T7600
3. 2GB+2GB? ;) T
Seriously: Try to use DDR2 with a FSB frequency of 667Mhz.

Thats all, still some questions?


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i have a Toshiba Satelitte a100-768
is it possible to upgrade the cpu ?
i would buy a merom cpu, and install that one...
or is the cpu soldered to the motherboard ?!

kind regards

Answer:Satellite A100-768: Cpu upgrade?, watch this. may be helpful for you.sorry for my english.
edit : if the link dont work go to homepage and search for satellite

Message was edited by: fizzban

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I would like to upgrade the RAM of my Satellite A100-803, which actually uses PC2-533, to 4 Gb.

Can I upgrade to PC2-667?
Do I need Dual-Channel?
Any advises on which brand or best model to use?

If I'm not wrong and for what I could see around the internet, I should be able to upgrade to 4 Gb PC2-667, and Dual-Channel should not be needed. But an expert confirmation would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Best Regards.


Answer:I would like to upgrade the RAM of Satellite A100-803


Notebook supports Mobile Intel? 945GM Express Chipset.
This supports single-/dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM
Maximum Memory supported: up to 4 GB at 400, 533 and 667 MHz

So PC2-667 modules are supported

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Hi All,

I own an A100-0FH laptop with the T2050 core duo processor @ 533MHz FSB. I plan to upgrade the CPU to a T2700 core duo @ 667MHz FSB. Does anyone have any information that would prove helpful before I go ahead and complete the upgrade? I have already upgraded the bios and the memory is maxed at 4GB - I just want to make sure the thing will work before I do it. HAs anyone done this upgrade in the past? WIll my cooer handle the extra heat?

Thanks for the input....

Answer:CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-0FH

This Satellite notebook looks like an Canadian machine?.
Anyway, the CPU upgrade on notebook is very tricky and mostly not possible due to different reasons.
The higher performance and the higher temperature level could be the biggest trouble?

The T2700 2.33Ghz CPU is faster as a T2050 1.6MGhz CPU Core Duo and it produce more heat. So possibly the notebook would not run stable after the upgrade.

Check this Intel page:

So I would really not recommend upgrading the CPU on the notebook.

PS; don?t forget that you will lose the warranty if you would remove the covers and would open the notebook?

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hi, can someone tell me if it is possible to upgrade the T2500 cpu in my A100 192 notebook to T7200 cpu, thanx

Answer:CPU upgrade on Satellite A100

Hello Helium

CPU upgrade is very often posted theme. About that you can read different comments but yesterday I have found very good posting written by swordbreaker. Check it please under

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I'm looking to upgrade from the bundled 1GB 533MHz to 4GB 667MHz - possible? The specification page does not agree with the user manual (4GB on spec., 2 x 1GB in manual).

I have a feeling it's ok, but since I'm grabbing this from the US and I'm in the UK I'd like to know before I enter into a returns nightmare.


Answer:Satellite A100-487 - 4GB RAM Upgrade Possible?

HI Scott,

As far as I can make out the A100-487 will accept up to 4Gb RAM (2 X 2Gb cards). Please check out the following link :-


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I945PM Chipset supports C2D T7200/400/600 processors according to Intel's site ( - compatible products),
but I cannot find any information on compatibility of the BIOS.

What processors are compatible with the latest BIOS version for A100?

Answer:Upgrade of CPU in Satellite A100


Such informations are not available on the Toshiba page.
But there are different A100 with different hardware components.
You can check some A100 with different CPUs and then you will know what CPUs would be supported for sure.

But there is a still small kind of risk for all other CPUs. So you will need simply test this?
But note; stronger CPUs could affect the notebook functionality due to higher heat dissipation.

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The spec for the Satellite Pro A100-840 says the memory has a maximum of 4 GB of memory. But there does not seem to be any memory supplied by Toshiba which allows me to upgrade to 4 GB. It current has the default 1gn which was shipped when ordered. Anyone knows how to get from the 1 GB to 4 GB?

Many Thanks in advance of any help

Answer:RAM upgrade on Satellite Pro A100-840


I just wanted to check notebook specification but I was not able to find Satellite Pro A100-840. Can you please check notebook model and please send us notebook model number.

Anyway I really do not understand what your problem is. It seems to be that your notebook model can handle with max 4 GB RAM. According to your posting your notebook is delivered with 1 GB of RAM.

So if you want to use maximum RAM on your Satellite notebook you must buy 2X2 GB RAM module. As far as I know 2 GB RAM module are available and if you want to be sure about compatibility please check Kingston products.

Please check this Kingston Memory configurator

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Hi all, looks like a good forum here! I'm looking for information on upgrading the processor on my Satellite A100-521.

The current main specs are:
Intel Celeron-M 360 (1.4Ghz, 400Mhz FSB)
2Gb of PC2-4300 RAM
60GB OCZ Vortex 2 SSD
Windows 7 (Runs fine, albeit without Aero)

So it's the CPU that's the weak link, verified by Windows Experience Index.

I've done some digging and it seems the chipset is the AMD Radeon Xpress 200m which is apparently compatible with some Pentium and Core 2 CPU's: http://en.wikipedia....s_200_for_Intel

Any ideas what I could upgrade to? Doesn't need to be very fast, just a bit quicker with everyday processes....


Answer:CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-521


Usually the CPU upgrade is very tricky because of the BIOS compatibility.
Even if the chipset would be able to handle new CPU, the BIOS might cause some problems.
But nobody is able to say if notebook would run stable after such upgrade? if you want to be 100% sure, I would recommend choosing an CPU which was already used in the A100 series?
Otherwise it might be possible that new CPU would not be handled by BIOS properly.

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Hey all
I have a Satellite A100 - 746. And I want to extend its memory. But I cannot find its specification anywhere on the internet. Not even on Toshiba's website. Its just like that this model doesn't exist and I'm the only one to buy it.
I want to upgrade my RAM and I cannot find any information that up to what memory I can Upgrade, can I upgrade it to 4GB?
And should I use the memory in pairs? Like I have 2 x 512 MB RAM now. I want to remove one 512 MB and put 2GB instead. Will it work? Or I should use in pair?

Anyone who can help me please do, I'm so frustrated.
Thanks alot

Answer:RAM upgrade at Satellite A100- 746

You are right. This notebook model can handle with max 4 GB RAM. You must not use two identical RAM modules. According notebook specification you can use DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G) RAM module. Using two of them you will have fantastic 2 GB RAM and it is more than enough for WXP.

Unfortunately I was not able to find 2 GB RAM module for your notebook.
Do you use WXP or Vista?

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can i use 667 MHZ ram in my a100-692 and will it run in 667 MHZ or slow down to 533?

And can i upgrade my cpu (core duo 1.66ghz) to core 2 duo or core 2quad?

Answer:Upgrade a Satellite A100-692 with another RAM or CPU?

You can use 667Mhz in your machine but it will not run on 667Mhz because the FSB runs with only 533Mhz since these models are just clocked with 533Mhz due to mobile issues (powersaving, heat generation, etc,,)

And no, you cannot upgrade your CPU because the Bios does not support it, also the cooling system in your machine is specifically designed for a couple of CPU?s which were shipped only with the model series of your notebook.

By the way, if you really exchange the CPU you will loose your warranty.

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Hi @ all,
I want to upgrade my notebook with a new CPU and a new GPU.
In my notebook is a current a Intel T2050 CPU and GPU is an ATI X1400.
My Question is, can I build a bigger CPU and GPU in this book?

Greetz Yaku79

Answer:Satellite A100-718 Upgrade


since these components are "hard-wired" (which means they are soldered on the mainboard which makes it impossible to exchange them) in your system, you cannot upgrade it. The only way to gain some more performance is to stick some more RAM in it or to purchase a bigger and faster harddrive.

I would suggest you to check some hardwarestores (google is your friend) and check at least for one of the previously mentioned components (RAM, harddisk).


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I am running out of memory on my A100-062 on the Vista (C) drive on my notebook (currently 62.6MB/37.1GB left!), however I have 32GB/35.9GB left on the Data (E) drive.

Is it possible to move itunes and my music library onto the D drive where there is more room? Or should I look at upgrading the hdd (internally or externally)

I am a complete novice when it comes to this so *_basic detailed explanations_* on what best to do would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Max1210

Answer:Satellite A100-062 - Upgrade the HDD

Before you buy a new HDD you should try to move the folder ?My documents? on the second partition. Also the mp3 files that you have.
I save my documents, photos, music and so far only on the second partition. On the first partition I install only the programs that I need.

If you want a new HDD it?s your choice if you take an internal or external HDD. On the external HDD you can save your data.

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Hi! Help me please. I can replace standard Ram (512 mb, 533 Mhz)on new with frequency 667 Mhz? Whether also it will work?

Answer:Question about RAM in Satellite A100-192

Theoretically you can do this but there is no sense because motherboard runs with 533 MHz FSB and it will be better for you to use compatible memory module:
DDR2-533 512MB (PA3412U-2M51)
DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G)

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Does standard memory PA3412U-2M51 (512MB 533MHz) will with PA3411U-2M1G (1GB 533MHz) work correctly?

My Notebook is Sattelite A100-847

Answer:Question about RAM for Satellite A100


The both modules must support the same specifications!!! But you can mix the module sizes like 512MB and 1GB
DDR2 533MHz PC2-4200 modules are compatible with the Satellite A100.

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I'm looking for a good replacement for my old Satellite 2100cds
I don't think these are made in Japany anymore - can anyone confirm where the Satellites are made now?

Answer:Question about Satellite A100-02K

Hi there,

it?s a good question, because all machines, no matter which manufacturer, have over 30 countries where notebooks are manufactured.
I think you are now not able anymore to choose a in a specific country manufactured machine (e.g. in japan) because it?s not overviewable.

But the A100 would be probably a good replacement, it?s a nice machine with a big display and fast core, so you don?t make a mistake when buying it.
Got some questions? ;)


Btw.: maybe the A100 is manufactured in Japan, but who knows...

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Hi all

I have some questions.
I have a Satellite A100-495 with 2GB Ram, Core2Duo (2 x 1,83 GHz; T5600) and a NVIDIA Geforce 7600go.
I want to upgrade the CPU and GPU. Is it possible?
I do not want to make it. I search a shop (if its possible in Germany) that can do this.

If its possible, what it costs? And which shop can i contact?

If its not possible -> why?! It is fixed ; It get too warm?

Which alternative do I have? I dont want buy a new Notebook.

Kind regards

Answer:Satellite A100-495 (PSAA9) - CPU and GPU upgrade

CPU and GPU upgrade on mobile computers is either pretty complicated or not possible. At first I must say that GPU is part of mainboard and graphic card cannot be upgraded at all.

What to say about CPU upgrade? Toshiba Authorized service providers will not do this and CPU upgrade is not supported at all. Few people on this forum have reported about CPU upgrade but for me the risk is too high. All hardware components are adapted to work well together and also reduce risk of hardware damage. The BIOS is also adapted for specific hardware configuration. The values for cooling fans are also tested and there is no risk of overheating.

Changing CPU you will not get more powerful notebook. The modern CPUs are powerful enough and few more MHz will not make more difference. What you can do is to upgrade RAM to the maximum level - 4 GB. That?s all what you should do and your notebook will run much faster.

Pay also attention about OS configuration. This will also help to make your notebook faster than before.

By the way: for which operations you need more power? What you want to do with your notebook?

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I want to know if can i upgrade my Satellite a100-405 with a fujitsu hdd 7200 sata-II

The original one is FUJITSU MHV2160BT sata 150 mb/s acording to Everest software.

Answer:Satellite A100-405 - Upgrade of HDD 7200 rpm

SATA controller is downward compatible and therefore it should not be a big problem to use the SATA II HDD in connection with SATA I (150Mb/s) HDD.

But of course the SATA II HDD will not reach the full performance and the speed will be slowed down du to SATA controller limitation.

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I own a Satellite a100-912 and I want to upgrade its memory!
As it seems, this model supports only PC2-4200 DDR2 SODIMM modules (533 Mhz). Before bying a memory module that might regret, I want to know if there will be any compatibility issues if I use to this laptop PC2-6400 DDR2 SODIMM module (800 Mhz).

Is it going to work even at lower clock speed (533 Mhz) or is it going to be a total waste of money?

Answer:Memory upgrade on a Satellite A100-912

As far as I know the FSB is able to handle 667Mhz modules.
You can use lower modules (533Mhz) without any problems but modules with higher Mhz will not run with full speed due to the limited FSB.

So I don?t recommend buying 800Mhz modules. Firstly they are not supported and secondly it?s waste of money!

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I'm using Satellite A100-847 (PSAA9E) for almost two years now. 2 year warranty period be over in month, so I guees it is good time for an upgrade. I could use more RAM and a faster HDD (for CAD purposes mostly when I'm on the run) so I would like to know more about it.

*What I already found out is that my notebook:*
(please say if I'm wrong with something)

1) ...Can take 2 modules of So-DIMM DDR2; max 4GB; which means 2X2GB. I already have 2X512GB, and this is not enough.
- The question is which DDR2 memory!? The FSB is running on 667 MHz, so I guess I should buy PC-5300/667 or even 6400/800?
- Which is the best memory for my notebook? The one which doesn't heat up a lot!? Which model is cool enough?

2) ...Has a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100, 2.5", 5400RPM, 8MB cache, 100GB SATA drive. Capacity is enough for me, but it is way too slow. So I guess I should for a 7200RPM 16MB cache drive.
- The question here is does my notebook support SATA2 or is it just SATA1? Which shlould I buy?
- Does my notebook support 7200RPM drive?
- Will my notebook overheat with this drive?

3) ...Could have a more efficient cooling system. Is there any solution to this?

Thank you in advance,

Answer:Satellite A100-847 - upgrade advice


Googling around I?ve found follow information:

The computer has two SO DIMMs slot comes standard with DDRII 4200 module. It
supports PC2-4200 and uses SO DIMMs (DDRII SDRAM) driven at 1.8 V, accepting
BTO/CTO for your memory requirements. It can incorporate up to 4 GB of main
Using the following sizes of memory modules:
256 MB (16M?16?8P)/533/667 MHZ
512 MB (32M?16?8P)/533/667 MHZ
1024 MB (64Mx16x8P)/533/667 MHZ

If you want to use maximum RAM you must use two 2 GB. Toshiba recommends using
2 x 2 GB PA3513U-1M2G DDR2 RAM. Alternative to this RAM module are high quality Kingston memory modules.

About HDD I can say follow:
The HDD interface conforming to Serial ATA (for 40/60/80/100/120 GB).
The computer accommodates one 2.5-inch HDD with any of the following storage capacities:
40 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm)
60 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm/7200rpm)
80 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm/7200rpm)
100 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm/7200rpm)
120 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5400rpm)

As far as I know SATA2 is backward compatible and theoretically you can use it but I am not sure about that. If I were you I would by SATA1 HDD.
As you can see Toshiba has tested 7200rpm HDDs with this notebook model and you can use it too.
Overheat maybe not but I can imagine that plastic cover will be warmer than before. Be just sure the notebook is placed properly and nothing blocks cooling fan.

More efficient cooling system? I don?t know wha... Read more

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I currently have a Satellite A100 with a Centrino Duo T2400 (1.83GHz) CPU inside of it. I was thinking of upgrading the CPU within the system, and was wondering what options do I have available?

I am thinking of going to a Core2Duo processor as well as upgrading the RAM to 2GB (Vista Ultimate is a little sluggish when a lot of applications are running hence wanting to upgrade both CPU & RAM).

Upgrading the processor isn't a problem to me (and I am not worried about voiding the warranty as the price of the notebooks has come down drastically that buying a replacement would be less of a hassle than sending the machine back to Toshiba).

Thanks in advance

PS. Vista runs perfectly fine on the A100 with full Aero tirned on with the Mobility X1400 module as supplied.

Answer:CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100 (PSAAA9)


at first I have to say, I don?t understand such people which are trying to change core components of a NOTEBOOK. It?s not a desktop! ;)
Why you?re then buying such machine? Why you don?t buy a machine with a Core2Duo cpu? Maybe you then don?t have to risk the revocation of your warranty. So, it?s not my problem but I just wanted to tell you.

On the technical side (now we?re coming to my thing :) ) upgrading your machine will not be possible in that manner which you expect.
So if you?re familiar with chipset specs, then you should know that the intel 945GM chipset which is embedded in that machine-series, is just specified to handle pure mobile cpu?s, so the centrino duo is a pure mobile cpu.

And what you think is the core 2 duo? It?s not a mobile cpu and it?s not possible to handle a core2duo with this chipset. Maybe a CoreDuo..
Just a little reminder: centrino duo has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the Core2Duo architecture!!!

Did you even think about the heat dissipation? How would a cooling system which was designed for a centrino duo handle a Core2Duo with a absolutely different waste heat??

I recommend you to upgrade your RAM and not installing useless Software which is breaking the performance of your machine so you won?t have to void your warranty...

I wish you a nice weekend and good luck in upgrading your machine

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Can I expend my memory up to 4 gigabyte?

Kingston DDR 2048MB 667MHz DDR2-667 * 2

Answer:Satellite A100-036 - is memory upgrade to 4GB possible?

Yes you can upgrade it up to 4 GB.
The right Kingston modules list you can find = Here

Good luck!

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Anyone can help?
I've got laptop Toshiba Satellite A100-451 with geForce go 7600 dedicated video card (DDR Video RAM 128 MB
connected bus : 16x PCI Express).
Is it possible to upgrade my graphics?

Answer:Satellite A100-451 graphics upgrade?

No, the graphic card cannot be upgraded because it?s fixed, soldered on the motherboard!
Something like that is definitely not possible!

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Hi All,
I Have a satellite A100-583 which currently has 1gb of ram and want to know what is the largest that it can be upgraded to and is it worth doing,Also does it have to be replaced with 533ddr2 or can it be replaced with 667 and is that a better upgrade ?
Can you also tell me what is SODIMM and if this make a difference ?

Answer:Satellite A100 memory upgrade


the machine can be upgraded to a maximum of 4GB of main memory, and if it´s worthy can by no one be answered, but only by yourself.

Do you really need it? I think the best would be that you upgrade to 2GB since you´re not a graphics designer which has larger pictures (which can be some gigabytes tall :) ).

As a normal user under vista/XP you only need 2GB. You won´t even recognize the jump from 1GB to 2GB of RAM or more.

Regarding the modules FSB frequency: it doesn´t matter which frequency you use, you really won´t gain any performance when using the 667mhz modules, so just obtain a fine pair of 2x2GB sticks with 533Mhz and just enjoy the "speed".

Here´s a little explanation for S0-DIMM:

have fun ;)


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Hi there,

I want to install Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 onto my laptop (Satellite A100-201). I ran the Windows Upgrade Tool which told me that my Toshiba Configfree (version 5.90.07) would have to be uninstalled before update and would not be able to be reinstalled after installation of Windows 7...what is the Configfree, do I require it for my laptop to do anything "special"?

Thanks in advance for your help

Answer:Satellite A100-201 and Win7 upgrade

You dont need ConfigFree, its just an optional networking utility that configures network settings.

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I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the graphics in the Toshibe Satellite A100-163. In the specifications on this website, it states that it is connected by the new PCI Express x16 bus, does this mean that it is infact a seperate graphics card in my laptop that at a later date I would be able to upgrade?
Thank you for your help,

Answer:Graphics upgrade for a Satellite A100-163

Well, the unit was delivered with a ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 128MB.
But generally it's not possible to upgrade the graphic card on the notebook.
The graphic cards on the notebooks are simply different as the cards in the desktop PCs.

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New to this. Doh. Put a 'Legend' 1GB memory upgrade (alongside the existing 500MB) into my A100 which was behaving slowly. Nothing seems to happen - in fact seems even slower. THe new memory does't show up under control panel - System....Should it? Do I have to do anything else to set it up and get it working apart from slotting it in?

Thanks for any advice,

Answer:Memory upgrade to Satellite A100

Someone has recommended that the Laptop will not recognise two different sized memories in at the same time and that I should try the 1 GB by itself and remove the old 512. Could this be the case?


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My laptop has the original 1GB memory and I want to upgrade it to 2 GB.

I have identified the 2 x 1GB Memory PC2 DDR2 (667MHz) modules that I need but am confused whether I should choose module type PA3512U-1M1G or PA3512S-1M1G.

Both of these parts are available as Toshiba parts,, but Kingston only lists PA3512U-1M1G as correct for my laptop (A100-02M).
Are both parts compatible with the laptop and is one better than the other ?

The Toshiba price of the "U" part is listed ?14.20 and the "S "part at ?16.54 each.

TIA for info.

Answer:Upgrade memory for Satellite A100-02M

I presume Toshiba has better info about compatibility and according the notebook specification you can use both of them. Now it is your choice.

Kingston is also good place to buy RAMs. They offer always high quality products.

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I wold like to upgrade my laptop memory from 1gb to 4gb. I got the Satellite A100-467.

What is the best memory for me?? I will get the Win7 32bit OS

Can I use this (SO-DIMM DDR2 SDRAM SEC (PC6400,* 800MGz*, CL6) or only 533?

Thannks for the help

Answer:Memory upgrade on Satellite A100-467

FSB speed on mainboard is 533 MHz and compatible modules are DDR2-533 but you can use DDR2-667 RAMs. 2 GB RAM has part number PA3513U-1M2G.

More info about compatible RAMs you can find on KINGSTON page.
Check it out.

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I want to be as sure as I can be, I have already bought memory from Crucial - it doesn't I want to be sure I get it right next time.

Satellite A100-232, currently has 512 Mb - I believe I can go up to 2 Gb and understand that 2 x 1 GB is better than 1 x 2GB - is this true ?

Next - WHICH?? memory - based on a search on their website I bought 2 x 1GB sticks from Crucial, they advised DDR2 PC2 5300 and it did not work. Despite repeated emails they insist that these sticks are the 'replacement' for DDR2 PC2 4200 (which is now strongly indicated to me from my recent research as the correct memory - part # PA3411U -1M1G).

If I now buy 2 x 1 Gb - DDR2 PC2 4200 (from a different supplier of course) will I be doing the right thing ?????????? Assuming the new memory works, I'll be getting in touch with Crucial for some money (of course).

Answer:Re: Satellite A100-232 Memory upgrade

>Satellite A100-232, currently has 512 Mb - I believe I can go up to 2 Gb and understand that 2 x 1 GB is better than 1 x 2GB - is this true ?

You can upgrade the RAM up to 2GB and usually you should use 2 x 1GB RAM 533Mhz.
In my case one big module was not recognized. I had to use 2 x 1GB RAM? but I don?t have this model.

I recommend using brand name modules; Kingston is good and provides good quality modules.
Different manufacturers provide cheaper modules but the performance and the quality is not really good.

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Just got an A100-596 laptop & keeps locking up on me. I think I need to upgrade the memory as it only has 512MB.

Question is what sort do I need? I know it DDR2 RAM (533MHz) but what voltage. The Toshiba website info doesn't help much & Crucial's system scanner doesn't list the laptop model.



Answer:Satellite A100-596 - I need to upgrade memory

The voltage is not very important.
You can use the DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM modules

The notebook supports the FSB 533Mhz and therefore it does not make sense to upgrade the memory with a 667Mhz modules.

So take the PC2-4200 200-PIN SODIMM and you are on the safe side ;)

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Was just wondering whether I was able to upgrade my current ram in my Satellite A100 laptop and if so how much?

It is a Satellite A100 (PSAARA) with 2 GB RAM currently.

Processor: intel(R) core (TM)2 CPU [email protected] 1.60 GHZ 1.60 GHz

Running 32-bit Vista.

What kind of RAM upgrade could I get on this system? And what pin number would it be?
And I know this may be a shot in the dark but is it possible to upgrade the graphics card at all?

Sorry am new to idea what I am doing so if you could help I would appreciate it!


Answer:Satellite A100 (PSAARA) - possible RAM upgrade?

> And I know this may be a shot in the dark but is it possible to upgrade the graphics card at all?
No, graphic card cannot be upgraded?

> It is a Satellite A100 (PSAARA) with 2 GB RAM currently. What kind of RAM upgrade could I get on this system? And what pin number would it be?

I think the notebook use the DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM modules but as far as I know the 2GB RAM is max and this would mean that it?s not possible to upgrade it to 4GB or higher?

But to be 100% sure you should check your user manual ?.

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I have a Satellite A100-003 (PSAARE) with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit installed and 3GB RAM 667MHz.
I want to upgrade my hdd. But I am not sure which model is the most suitable for my computer.

There are two options: 7200 rpm or 5400 rpm HDD.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of these type of HDDs?

If I buy a 7200 rpm HDD, will I have a problem with heat and noise?
If you can give me some HDD model names which you suggest, it will be better for me.


Answer:Satellite A100-003 (PSAARE) - HDD Upgrade Help

> There are two options: 7200 rpm or 5400 rpm HDD.
> What are the advantages and disadvantages of these type of HDDs?
The 7200rpm HDD is faster than the or 5400 rpm HDD. This helps to read and write the data faster on the HDD but to be honest; in most cases this difference is not noticeable?

> If I buy a 7200 rpm HDD, will I have a problem with heat and noise?
No, usually you should not get any problems? both type of HDD are compatible with notebooks?

> If you can give me some HDD model names which you suggest, it will be better for me.
To be honest you can use any 2.5? SATA HDD. The SATA controller is not limited to an HDD capacity so you can take any HDD of your choice?

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I am a complete noob, so please forgive my dumb question!

I would like to replace the HDD from my laptop, is there any combatibilty issues that I should be aware of, or should it just be a case of getting a 2.5" HDD?

Is it easy to buy an external one, and to use the internal drive from the inside the enclosure?

This seems to be the best value way of doing it. Any specific recommendations?

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-830 - HDD upgrade questions

Hi magicmat,

Usually HDD upgrade is not complicated and therefore you have only to remove the HDD cover on bottom side on your notebook to replace the HDD.

Satellite Pro A100 already uses HDDs with SATA interface so you need such an HDD. Furthermore I would recommend a model with 5400rpm because it?s fast enough and doesn?t much power.

So that?s all what you must know about upgrade. Theoretically you can use the old HDD as external one with a external HDD case. Also no problem. :)

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I'm the owner of a Satellite A100-991. Thanks to Toshiba, I have upgraded from XP MCE to Vista Home Premium at low cost.

Now I would like to upgrade to Windows 7, but I don't know which version of Windows 7 I have to buy.

Did Toshiba offers special "Vista to Windows 7" offers for older Notebooks ?
Otherwise, which kind Windows 7 do I have to buy at Microsoft ? Is this one compatible with my current OS ?

Thank you,

Answer:Satellite A100-991- Upgrade to Windows 7

At the moment there is no info which notebook models will be supported for new Windows 7 operating system.
To be honest I think your notebook is pretty old and it will not be supported for Windows 7.
You can buy it but without right drivers, tools and utilities you will not have configured OS as with supported WXP or Vista.

Maybe you should wait few weeks until support starts and you will see how it will works with Satellite A100.

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Hi Toshiba,

I have an old *Satellite Pro A100* _PSAAAE-type_ and i would like to upgrade the CPU. I've seen that the socket is 479, and i've found that it exists Core 2 Duo on this socket. The chipset 945GM supports Core 2 Duo, but i don't know if the BIOS of my laptop supports these CPU.

Can anyone confirm or not ?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-PSAAAE CPU upgrade


Generally speaking, the CPU upgrade is not recommended.
Of course you can use the CPUs which are supported by chipset but the BIOS compatibility is other story. Nobody can say if your notebook would run stable after such upgrade due to the higher heat dissipation.

But I read in this forum that some guys have upgraded the CPU and the notebook still run?

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Help me with upgrade memory on TOSHIBA Satellite A100-250 up to 1024 mb.

I want to buy another slat of memory ddr2-533 512 mb, what exactly model am I necessary to search, that they worked in a pair.

Sorry for bad english. From Russia with Love.
PS. I like drink russian vodka :)

Answer:Need help with memory upgrade on Satellite A100-250


Your notebook can be upgraded up to 2 GB and compatible RAM is DDR2-400/533 1GB (PA3411U-1M1G).

Use this part number in Google and you will find it.

Bye and don?t drink too much Vodka. ;)

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Satellite A100-523. Why can I only increase my memory to 1536MB & not 2048MB as stated in product scan?
The laptop will not fire up on 2048MB.

Answer:Satellite A100 and memory upgrade

Has your notebook shared memory graphic card?

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I have a Satellite A100-307 with problems to install Windows XP. Model PSAA9E-11F03XFR

The Recovery CD is lost and I installed the notebook with a normal Windows XP (sp2) CD.

During the Installation the monitor ist black.

Is the Installation without Recovery CD possible?

I created a Nlite CD with XP but the SATA Controller not found or the Installation break.

Help me, please.


Answer:Question about XP Installation on Satellite A100-307


basically it?s possible to install an OS from a genuine XP/Vista CD, I think thats the reason why Toshiba provides drivers on their Driver Download site.

How do you mean that, the monitor stays black? A more precisely description would be better...
Another question: which SATA controller did you slipstreamed on the XP CD?? I hope you?re aware about that the A100 has an older controller (should be an ICH7M).
By the way: did you already seen this document from Toshiba?:


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I have notebook Toshiba Satellite A100-529 and I want to change my Celeron M 380 for something better but I don't know what CPU can I insert to this computer.

When I was looking for similar models I only found same CPU with same chipset. I know how disassemble my Toshiba and change CPU, I have also the newest BIOS.

More technical information is in links with screenshots.
What the best CPU I can use in this computer?

Thanks a lot.


Answer:Satellite A100-529 - Question about upgrading CPU

What is the model number of your A100? If you have a PSAA9E, look at the other PSAA9E-xxxxxx models and choose one of those CPU's.

Installing other CPU's may cause overheating, instability, or simply wont boot.

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I hear the new ATI drivers are finally out with good OpenGL support for Vista. But again I can only find the NVIDIA drivers on my notebooks driver page. The thing was where before ATI did offer them for consumers they now stopped with it again and point to Toshiba. Toshiba does not put them online and neither does ATI.

Any Ideas how I can also benefit from the new 7.4 drivers or at least ones with good OpenGL support so I can finally use this Notebook where I bought it for (Graphical Work for my studies we use a lot of OpenGL).

I just hope that Toshiba allows ATI to include their Notebooks in ATI's reference drivers for mobility.

Well I asked ATI about it and they say I should mail/msg/pressure/etc you to suport my hardware or atleast let it be suported by Catalyst Mobility. Which means you can just then get thier refference drivers. Which I think would be fair since at the moment I can only get the drivers for the Nvidia version of this Notebook.

Answer:Question about ATI Drivers for Satellite A100-683

Yes, you are right? the ATI display drivers for Vista are not placed on the Toshiba driver page.
Let?s hope Toshiba guys will publish these drivers in the next time?


Everything is available on the page :D

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hello, i have a toshiba a100-237 with a core duo processor & 512 mb memory with bus 533.
i want to upgrade it to 2 gb memory with bus 667.
will it accept the new memory bus?

Answer:Question about memory bus on Satellite A100


Why bus 667? I presume that you know that it is recommended to use module with the same bus speed.

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Hi there!

In order to extend time working on battery, to make hard disk access faster and to extend disk space, I was thinking to upgrade my hard disk.
I found this beautifull disk:

[ VCM100000dd04090aRCRD&vgnextchannel=c021a47948a3d0 10VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&reqPage=Model]

Would this hard disk be compatible with my Toshiba Satellite A series and do you have any better solution please respone?

Love, peace,

Answer:Question about new HDD on Satellite A100 (PSAA9)

The HDD looks nice.
The A100 PSAA9 series supports the 2.5? SATA HDDs.
The 160GB should be compatible too because some units of the A100 series were already equipped with the 160GB HDDs.

In my personal opinion it?s a supported HDD.

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Dear all,

I opened the rear panel and have visual access to the Hard Disk. It is placed in some kind of rubber cradle / cage. Kindly advise on how to go about removing the Hard Disk and replace with new one.

The reason I need to do this is because I'm facing recurring bad sector problems and now XP won't boot. So I plan to install a new 160 GB HDD and use the Recovery Disk.

I'm also attaching the pic of the HDD in the laptop when the case has been opened.


Looking forward to your speedy response.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite A100 - question about HDD removal

Move the HDD to the left and the HDD will be disconnecting. Place it to the flat surface like desk and remove both plastic covers moving them to the left or the right side.
That?s all!

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Hi, I need your help to indciate what is the motherboard model number for the below:

Satellite A100-192
Part Number : PSAA9E-01Y01QAR
Serial# 56817119G

Appreciating your feeback.


Answer:Satellite A100-192 Motherboard Question


It?s a Toshiba motherboard ;)

But unfortunately, I didn?t find any useful part numbers? but don?t worry buddy? you could call the ASP in your country and could ask for the compatible motherboard.

You can ask only for the part number or you can order such part directly from the ASP.

I think this shouldn?t be a problem.


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How do I restart my computer safe mode system restart. There seems to be a virus stopping me from starting up so i need to restore to a previous time.

Answer:Question about safemode on Satellite A100

You can restart it in safe mode by tapping the "F8" button before the Windows Start logo appears. After pressing F8 a menu will follow where you can choose the boot method.

There you can decide if you want to boot in safe mode or to restore your system to a previous restore point.


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I'm confused. Very confused.

I've got myself an A100-225 and leafing through the documentation I notice that although it comes with 1Gb DDR2 533Mhz RAM, the maximum system (RAM?) memory upgrade it'll take is quoted as an impressive 4Gb. "Cool" thinks me "I wonder where that goes?".

Now, I've had laptops apart before - and rebuilt a few - and I've never seen one with more than 2 RAM slots. So knowing that the biggest single RAM chip you can buy for a laptop (commercially) is 1Gb, I'm thinking there must be four slots. Open the back . . . nope, just the usual two.

So any ideas what am I missing here? I've had a scout round the Tosh site and looking at this - -

I see the same boast - maximum expandability 4Gb. How exactly do you do that then? Or am I getting confused with something else?

Help. And thanks all.


Answer:Satellite A100-225: Question about RAM upgrading up to 4GB


the info that 4GB is the maximum is right.
The A100 is able to work with 4GB, I think 2GB modules will be available in the future.


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My new laptop has a 120gb harddrive. It came partitioned as 2 drives. My question is that the C drive has only 2gb of software on it yet it is showing 18GB used and only 37 gb free. Can someone tell me why it does not show 2GB and 55GB free.

Answer:Satellite A100-049: Question about HDD space


> My question is that the C drive has only 2gb of software on it

I don?t believe that!!! Fact is that you unit was delivered with Vista or I am wrong???
I have installed Vista on my notebook and the Vista installation needs about 17 ? 18 GB on the HDD. So why you suggest there are only 2GB???

You said 37GB are free on the HDD. For me it?s ok. 55GB ? 18GB = 37GB
What?s the problem???

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Good day,

The reason for the question is that Rectron in South Africa says that the A100-599 is supplied with 2x512mb Memory modules and not with 1x1Gb as indicated on the Toshiba site. Rectron advices to purchase 2 x 1Gb memory but will not refund for the 2x512mb memory, thus leaving you pay 2x for what you are actually going to use.

Please just confirm whether the A100-599, sold in South Africa, are indeed with 2x512mb or 1gb as indicated on the site.

Thank you,

Answer:Question about Memory on Satellite A100-599


The A100-599 seems to be sold in European, Middle East and Africa.
I think the notebook was delivered with the 1GB memory module in one slot.
The second memory slot should be free.

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Dear Sir,

I purchased Toshiba Satellite A100-709 15 wxga TruBrite TFT screen. 86290992q. date of purchase 10th Feb 2007. But while I was working display failed all off a sudden. Is display life is only 2 to 3 years. Is Toshiba displays are long term life is not assured?

How to take up the matter with TOSHIBA?


Answer:Question about display on Satellite A100-709

Hello Venki

I have Satellite M70 with the same display. I use it intensively almost 4 years now and display still works perfectly.
Hardware failure is nothing unusual for all electronic products. On some of them some certain components work longer. There is no general statement about that.

Please contact nearest Toshiba authorized service provider and talk with them. Pick up info about repair and costs.

Sorry but that?s all I can say about this display issue. :(

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This laptop is 80 GB, but each drive C and E, has 40 GB on each partition.
C drive is full and I get messages telling me that. So how do I now access the E drive? It seems daft selling a laptop with 80 GB when only 40 seems to be available. I hope someone knows and it?s easy as I?m not comp literate when it comes to these sort of things,


Answer:Satellite A100: question about C and E drive

Hello Eve

Please do not be mad on me but your posting is pretty confusing. If the HDD has two partitions both of them should be visible in Windows explorer when you click on ‘My Computer’ on the left side.

Can you please tell us what you see in Windows Explorer? Usually HDD with two partitions has follow partitions order:
- first partition is shown as C
- second partition is shown as D
- the CD/DVD drive is shown as E

If you can not see second partition it must be activated at first. You can do this in ‘Computer Management’ under option ‘Disk Management’. Please describe the exact situation in Windows explorer and than we can help you to optimize HDD and use the whole capacity.

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I own a A100-599. when I'm working on electrical power, my laptop is working very hot. when windows is idle the core temperature is about 45-55 degrees celcius. and when winamp is working it is about 50-60 degrees celcius.

is that normal? what are your temperatures? can anybody share his/her system temperatures??
should I send my laptop to service?

Answer:Question about CPU temperature on Satellite A100-599

Hi dude

Don?t worry about the CPU temperature. The temperature changes and it is variable.
The temperature level depends on the notebook usage and
the CPU temp will be always higher if some applications are running!

So what to say? temperature of 50-60 degrees is absolutely not unusual. It?s normal!!!

Did you know that Toshiba notebooks support an overheating protection??? Not???
You don't have to be afraid. If the temperature is too high the notebook will shuts down automatically to prevent the hardware from overheating. ;)

Enjoy your nice toy ;)

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hey guys,

i want to ask u for the normal temperature level of this notebook?! I want to know the temperature of the CPU(1,2) and the HDD temperature, cuz i think that my notebook overheats and thats a problem for me :/ (my temperature now is around 50 for the 2 cores and around 40 for the hdd)Is it ok or ?! ty ;)

Answer:Satellite A100-906: Question about CPU and HDD temperature


Believe me, the 50C degrees for CPU and 40C degrees for HDD is a normal temperature!!! Nothing uncommon!!!
On my notebook the CPU temperature increases up to 60C degrees if no applications are running.

But you should know that the temperature varies.
If you will run different applications on the notebook the CPU performance will increases and the temperature goes up.
That?s a simply fact!

There is nothing wrong dude ;)

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I have a Pro A100 (PSAA3E) with single 512MB RAM.

I added another identical stick but only 1 was recognised.
Each stick is recognised singly in either slot but never as 1GB together. So, both sticks are ok and both slots are ok!!

How can I fix this so both are recognised??

Answer:Ram upgrade in my Satellite Pro A100 (PSAA3E) was not recognized

Did you use one which was recommended by Toshiba???
Seems both modules are not compatible together? hmmm sounds very strange.

How did you upgrade the memory???
You should disconnect all cables and remove the battery. Then install the memory modules and enter the BIOS. There you should check if the memory was increased and set the BIOS to the default. Don?t forget to safe the settings!!!

Good luck

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Shortly after upgrading my harddrive, the optical drive stopped working, it now no longer shows up in 'My Computer' or Linux. Device manager says:
"Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"

I have tried reinstalling the drivers, the DVD-RAM drivers and the DLA software.

Any ideas are much appriciated.

Edit: I've just tried an external drive and it has the same problem, this looks dire

Message was edited by: theplatypus

Answer:No DVD drive after harddrive upgrade on Satellite Pro A100

The error 39 was described a lot of time here in our little community ;)
Please check this thread fro example:

There you will find a link to the MS knowledge base document which describes how to fix it.
Use the Method 1: Remove the registry entry

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i have a A100 mit Intel T2300 (FSB667) an 2x512MB RAM (@ FSB553).
I want to upgrade to 2x1GB FSB667 (

Is this possible? Are there any known problems with modules from MDT?
I think, beside the benefit of 1GB more RAM, there should be a increase because of the equal FSB - is this right? Even the timings of the MDT-RAM are not that bad (for FSB667-modules).

Thanks in advance

Answer:Want upgrade 2x1GB FSB667 RAM von Satellite A100


If notebooks FSB supports 667MHz, the memory modules 667Mhz should be compatible and should run ok.

I have no experience with the MDT memory modules because my favor the Kingston modules.

Anyway, it?s your choice what you want to use? but generally the performance of brand name modules is much better as the performance of no-name modules.

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please i need help because i can't take the cover off to install the memory expansion. thanks in advance.

Answer:How to upgrade memory expansion on Satellite A100-192


I don't have this laptop, but I think you normally just need to remove the screws around the plate.


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I have a Toshiba Satellite A100-259 laptop and I want to upgrade the RAM from 1gb to 2gb, which is supported by this laptop. Problem is the laptop will not boot up after I have installed the new RAM, instead it starts up for a few seconds and turns off again, it then repeats this process about 5 - 6 times before switching off totally.
I initially thought the RAM wasn't compatible but when I put one of the new 1gb RAM modules in with one of the original 512mb modules the laptop boots up fine and shows 1.37gb of RAM available (I presume remainder of RAM is used for graphics). I can change the 1gb module with the other 1gb module and laptop still boots fine, proving that the new 1gb RAM modules work in this laptop independently, they will just not work together. Bios has been updated, so I have absolutely no idea why the new RAM will not allow my laptop to boot up.
Any ideas and / or solutions to this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Toshiba Satellite A100 RAM upgrade problems

Sounds like a speed mismatch. can you give the full specs of the new memory - where did you get it? I have a Tosh A100 with 2GB RAM and never had any problems upgrading.

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Hello Forum!

I wish to upgrade from a 120GB (Hitachi) hard drive to a 500GB (Western Digital). I do not know whether this A100 supports SATA2.

I believe it is to do with the hard disk controllers that are on the mobo. This is the information that I cannot find (using pc wizard). I am quite happy to use a SATA drive if this is the only one that is compatible, but if it does support SATA 2 then obviously I would like to install one as they are 3GB bandwidth instead of 1.5GB like SATA.

Any help would be very greatly appreciated as my hard drive is full.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite A100-065 (PSAANA) - Can I upgrade it with a SATA2 HDD?


You can use a SATA2 HDD without problems. These HDDs are downgrade compatible to the older SATA1 standard so you can use the 500GB HDD as you have suggested.
But don?t forget it will only run with SATA1 speed but this should not be a problem normally.

So have fun with the new HDD! ;)


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Hi ,

i have a satellite A100-599 notebook, Can i upgrade/change the video card on this model ?

Have fun, Marian

Answer:Satellite A100-599 - Can I upgrade video card

No. This is not possible because the chip is fixed on the board!

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Bought new hard disk from 250 GB but the system cant boot with it. The BIOS version is 1.80 do I need to upgrade it so it will support 250 GB? I think this is the problem because when I remove the hard drive the system can boot. Can you post link with download for a newer version of BIOS if there is one the previous hard disk was 40 GB?


Answer:Re: Satellite A100-220 - hard drive upgrade to 250 GB

When you say "Cant boot", what exactly is happening? Are you seeing an error message?

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I have A100-599. I want to upgrade video cart. Which video carts avaliable and where can I get?

Answer:Satellite A100-599 - video cart upgrade

Sorry but you cannot upgrade video card. You have notebook with limited upgrade possibilities and not the desktop.

Please check -

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Hello everybody

I have a question. I have a Satelite A100 with 7300go graphic card and I want to change it to another one. Is it possible ?

Answer:Graphic Card upgrade on Satellite A100


The answer is no. unfortunately it is not possible to exchange graphic card. Graphic card is part of mainborad and can not be removed separately.

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I have a Satellite A100-044, I would like to upgrade my HDD from the 120GB to a bigger one (either 250GB or 320GB).

Would a 7200rpm work on it? it seems on compatibility websites they only show 5400rpm ones, I would like to set up my laptop for music recording/mastering so want a fast machine, I dont really mind whether it consumes more battery power...

Any thoughts?


Answer:Satellite A100 - Can I upgrade the HDD with 7200rpm model?


Of course you can exchange the HDD with a faster model that uses 7200rpm. But as you say it need a little bit more battery power. The new HDD should be a little bit faster, especially the access time should be lower.

250GB or 320GB should be possible; you need a HDD with SATA interface.

I hope I could help you a little bit.


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Hello all,

I want to upgrade my Satellite A100-847 with bigger and faster hard drive. I've chosen hitachi "travelstar", as the original one, but running on 7200 rpm. My question is may I use SATA II 3 Gb/s model, or should I choose SATA I 1,5 Gb/s as the original. because if my laptop does not support SATA II, the hard drive will not work.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Satellite A100 - Hard drive upgrade

Well, as far as I know the A100-847 supports an SATA I interface.
The SATA II HDDs are backward compatible but could not work with some older motherboards.

If I would be you then I would not risk any compatibility issues and would choose the SATA/150 (SATA I) HDD.
In such case you can be sure that your new HDD would be recognized correctly.

Furthermore you should ensure that your new HDD size would be supported too.
The point is that not all HDD sizes are supported by BIOS.

You unit was equipped with a 100GB HDD. Am I right? Well, in such case you could test some 120GB, 160GB and maybe a 200GB HDD.

Best regards

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I would like to know if are any possible to upgrade my graphic card to a some other one like a GeForce 8600GT or a M. Radeon HD2600, something like that, with the DirectX10.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Graphic card upgrade on Satellite A100-215

Hi friend,

unfortunately there is no chance to upgrade the graphics card of your machine because the graphics unit (or graphics chip) is soldered ("hardwired") on the mainboard.
This whole system was aligned together with this chip and there is no way to exchange or upgrade your graphics subsystem.
If you want better graphics and a more powerful graphics chipset then you will have to purchase another computer with a better graphics card.

Thats all. Sorry dude.


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Hello. Sorry for my English, I'm studying this language byself.
I ask to treat my request seriously. I long studied schematics and possibilities of the computer.
Support of GeForce Go 7600 512MB of video memory is officially declared, I found necessary modules of memory and replaced them on the video card. I checked all currents and voltages.

The notebook operationally works, but defines only 256MB memories from 512 possible. As I understand this restriction is set in BIOS or VideoBIOS.

Please, prompt as me to solve this problem, any special version can eat BIOS for increase in memory of video.

Answer:Satellite A100 - Video card upgrade

Problem is that Toshiba doesn?t support such upgrade and doesn?t offer any BIOS update that will help you with this.
If someone make decision to make such update it is on the own risk.

You can be happy that everything works well and that there is no some serious problem with it.

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Hello.... is there a simple step by step guide to upgrade my A100 from XP to Windows 7. Neil

Answer:Re: Upgrade Satellite A100 (PSAA9E) from XP to Windows 7

I don't believe you will find such guide somewhere online but simplest is as follow:

Check if your notebook is Win7 supported (Toshiba support page )
Install Win7 (clean installation)
Install necessary drivers, tools and utilities

That?s all.
If you need more details let us know.

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Is it possible to upgrade the Graphic card on the A100-033 ?
I am not sure if the PCI slot on the side will accept a seperate Graphic card ?

Answer:Satellite A100-033: Is it possible to upgrade the Graphic card

Hi George

It?s definitely not possible to upgrade the graphic card. The notebook technology is a little bit different and you should not compare it with the common PC desktop.
The GPU is fixed and not removable.

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I have Satellite A100-011 (PSAARE) and i have just upgraded memory RAM to 4 GB with 2x2GB Kingston (KTT533D2/2G).
BIOS can see all my 4GB installed,so my Windows (x64) but my Task Manager shows me 3069 MB!!!
How is this possible?Is there any way to fix that?My BIOS version is 6.00.

Thank you!

Answer:Satellite A100-011 (PSAARE) RAM upgrade issue


Are you sure that you have a 64bit version from Windows XP?
I ask this because the Toshiba website does not offer drivers for XP 64bit.

If you have really a 64bit OS make sure that you have installed all Service Packs and Hotfixes from Microsoft.

And install a program like Everest and look how much RAM this program shows.


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