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Satellite A100 - Memory and hard drive upgrade

Question: Satellite A100 - Memory and hard drive upgrade

Hi guys,

I have a Satellite A100-158, model code PSAA9E-01700VPT. It came with an 80 Gb 5400 rpm S.M.A.R.T. hard drive and 1 Gb DDR2 RAM (533 MHz).

I think my computer is slowing down to a crawl as a result of maybe the hard drive being old and memory low for recent programas so I was thinking of upgrading the hard drive and the memory.

Would a Western Digital Scorpio Black 320 GB 7200 rpm 16 mb 2,5 inch fit ? They say it spins at 7200 with the power consumption of a 5400 rpm drive (maybe just bad marketing).

And would a Kingston Memory module 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz work ? It has a higher frequency than my current ram but then I suppose it can fall back to the max allowed by the motherboard ? I assume that would be 533 Mhz like my factory memory module. I can also buy a 2 GB module from the same exact maker DDR 2 as well but 667 MHz instead.. still higher than my current memory module.

Thanks a lot for any tips... hopefully this will bring my A100 more into today's standards without going for a new laptop :)

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Answer: Satellite A100 - Memory and hard drive upgrade


Generally speaking a HDD with more rpm isn?t a problem but it needs a little bit more power and produces more heat but it should work.
It?s depending on your applications that you run. For normal usage 5400rpm should be ok.

Also RAM modules with higher specification are no problem because it?s downgrade compatible to lower speed (533 MHz).
Kingston is always recommendable, I never had a problem with these modules. :)

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Bought a week ago, just want to upgrade memory to 2048 MB ( the manual says it can be expanded up to 4096 MB) The A100 has already 1024MB ram as came from factory with two slots of 512, but.. where are the other slots for upgrading
memory ? I' dont see any space downside except those already occuped by the two
512 DDR2. Please help


Answer:Satellite A100 T2400 upgrade memory


your notebook has only this two memory slots. So if you want to upgrade you can't use the 512MB modules.


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I have ordered a 1GB stick of memory from Crucial and decided to have a trial run accessing the memory slot. The single Philips head screw retaining the memory cover is easily unscrewed but does not lift out of the cover. The cover then seems to be reluctant to lift off. Does anyone have any info on this seemingly simple task as I do not want to damage the lappy?

Answer:Toshiba Satellite Pro A100 memory upgrade

and the memory cover comes off without too much trouble. Make sure the screw is fully undone, and then gently lever off the cover using a screwdriver or knife under the small tab.The cover has two smaller tabs on the sides, and these click into (and out of) slots.Just take it gently but firmly, and I'm sure the cover will come off.

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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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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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Consider me as 1 of the thickie bunch.. Not even sure wot im talkin bout but here goes n e way...........
Have a Satellite A100 570 ( PSAA2E)..........

Have tried several different online sites lookin for memory upgrade. Didn't have the witt to use toshiba site...... Ended up going with Crucial.........
Ran diagnostic on laptop and was sent the module a needed.or so i thought....... wrong 1 or 1s as i bought 2 x 1G modules in order to " double up".....

Got my money back as they were not compatable with my system.. something to do with density problems....
Tried company called OFFTEK........ they seemed to know what they were talkin about....... I have from Offtek. at present a..........

200 Pin 1.8v DDR2 PC2-4200 SoDimm....... but Toshiba have recommended below......

1GB PC2-4300 DDR2 Memory (533MHz)
Part Number: PA3411U-2M1G
1024MB (1GB) Memory PC2-4300 DDR2 (533MHz)

Theres an obvious difference ...... 4200 and 4300. But im not sure if its a significant difference........... or what it means
Have updated bios to most recent version and basically updated everything toshiba had to offer for this model...........

Ran EVEREST and it recognises the 1G module but when i take out the original 512mb module the laptop starts for about 3 seconds then shuts down...
this repeats about 5 times then complete shutdown.....

I dont like opening the back cover too often but this is the 3rd module ....
Not sure whats meant to happen if the module is ... Read more

Answer:Satellite A100 shuts down after memory upgrade

PC4200 is the speed of the RAM. PC4300 sounds incorrect, maybe its a misprint being confused with PC5300?

Anyway you can generally mix RAM speeds, the system will simply run both Modules at the lowest speed.

Note that some systems cannot run with RAM only in Slot B, so ensure at least one module is in slot A

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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've just bought a 1 Gb RAM memory to upgrade my Satellite from 2*512 to 1*1024 + 1*512.
The memory brand is Crucial.

Wherever I put my memory (1 Gb in slot 1, 512 Mb in slot 2 or the opposite), my computer only recognize 1 Gb.

Some ideas about this concern ?
Do I have to put the same size of memory in each slot, may be ?

Thx in advance for your help.



Answer:Satellite A100-551 recognizes only 1GB RAM after memory upgrade

Do you run in Windows Vista?
Some days ago I put an extra 1GB in my mom's laptop and it showed only 800 MB instead of 1.5GB of RAM. It seems that Vista is taking some memory for itself (that's what I've been told).

If that is not the problem, are you sure you bought RAM memory compatible with your laptop? Does it use DDRI or DDRII? I am asking for you didn't write anything about the memory except for the manufacturer.

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Dear all how are you
hope ur doing good
i am using toshiba satellite a100-785 with windows 7 ulti and i am a gamer i installed new game need hght graphic crd
and mine is 256MB so is there any whay i can upgrad from bios please let me know the steps if its can be done

thanks best regard

Anas Taha

Answer:Satellite A100-785 can i upgrade vedio memory from bios

No, you cannot increase RAM of graphic card.
The graphic card memory is always controlled by graphic card driver?.
This means that if additional memory would be necessary, then the graphic card driver would add a part from main memory to graphic card memory?

The whole process runs automatically and you cannot assign anything manually.


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I have Toshiba A100-712. I'm planning to replace my 2x512 MB DDR2 533 into Kingmax DDR2 2x1GB. How about the warrany? I don't want to lose it...If someone know something about it I'll feel grateful for help...

Answer:Satellite A100-712: Will memory upgrade cancel the warranty

No, definitely not!!!

If you want, you can upgrade the memory on the Satellite A100-712 and the warranty will be available!!!

These RAM modules should be compatible:

DDR2-533 256MB (PA3389U-2M25)
DDR2-533 512MB (PA3412U-2M51)
DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G)


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The laptop was originally supplied with only 512 MB RAM.

I have installed 1 GB of Kingston RAM (part no. KTT533D2/1G) into the remaining free memory slot. However, every time I switch on the computer, the system freezes up within a few minutes and I have to re-boot.

Is this because there is an uneven amount of memory in the 2 slots? Do I need to have 512 MB in each slot or 1 GB in each slot etc?

I would appreciate your advice.

Answer:After memory upgrade at Satellite A100-1401E the system freezes up

Have you tried to change the places and put 1 GB RAM into slot A?

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I have a Satellite A100 (PSAA9A-0CU004), which came with an 80GB hard drive.
Would anyone know the max disk capacity this notebook can handle, as I would like to upgrade to a larger drive.


Answer:Hard disk upgrade on Satellite A100

As far as I know the Satellite A100 has already a HDD with SATA interface.

On the SATA interface there is no capacity limit so you can buy every HDD with SATA interface what you want.
The new HDD should have SATA and 2.5?.

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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

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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 Satellite A100-033 PSAANE, running Windows Vista Home Basic. The hard drive is 60G. I save virtually all my data onto an external hard drive, but even so the hard drive will eventually not have enough space for the growing number of programs which I have installed, the various temporary files, etc. For example, I would like to install VirtualBox and run XP ( Ido have a copy), plus Linux, and maybe some other operating systems, within it, but that is likely to eat up more hard disc space than I have available.

Does anyone know if it is possible to take out my existing hard drive and replace it with another one of a higher capacity? Is this possible?

I would have to reinstall Vista on the new drive, from the rescue disc which came with the PC. I don't mind doing this, but will Windows Vista be "recognised" when I try to install it on the new hard drive?

Sorry if these questions sound naive, but I don't know how to put a new hard drive into a laptop, or even if this is possible. I bought the Toshiba in February 2007, which was just after Vista had been released. I wasn't given the option of XP: Vista was the only operating system Toshiba provided at that point. I was assured that a 60G hard drive would be fine for Vista, but I do have to say that I feel I was wrongly advised, and that Toshiba should never have released a 60G machine for use with Vista. Hence my wish to have a hard drive with a bigger capacity.

Answer:Can I replace the hard drive in my Satellite A100?

Yes you can install a higher capacity HDD. I believe the A100 can take any size of SATA 2.5" HDD, so you should be able to install a 250GB or 320GB successfully.

As for Windows, you can reinstall it using the Toshiba Recovery Disc that came with the laptop.


Remove the screw(s) from the HDD cover on the base of the laptop to access the HDD.
Slide out the HDD
Transfer the HDD cradle/mounts to the new HDD
Slide in the new HDD and screw on the HDD cover.
Turn on the laptop and press F12 to access the boot menu.
Insert your Recovery Disc and choose the CD icon to boot from it.
Follow the prompts to install Windows.
Connect your original HDD to the A100 using a USB adapter to restore your files/documents.

ps. Remember to backup your important files regularly. HDD's can fail at any time since they have delicate moving parts, even when new.

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Hi, thanks for reading.........

Recently my Toshiba Satellite laptop has given an error on booting about imminent hard drive failure, so I purchased a new drive of exactly the same make and model, WD Scorpio Blue, 320GB.

On installing the new drive the laptop beeps quickly several times over and sometimes boots to CD or sometimes just beeps until I power off.

I've tried the hard drive in another laptop and it works fine.

I've tried to use the Toshiba recovery CD to restore the laptop back to factory, but when Vista loads it errors with a message like 'This software is not configured for the hardware', or something?

I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 and that works great, except I get the beeping whenever I restart or power on the laptop.

Can anyone point me in the right direction as it's driving me nuts!

Many thanks!


Answer:Hard drive replacement on Satellite A100-049

>I purchased a new drive of exactly the same make and model, WD Scorpio Blue, 320GB.
I?m confused now. As far as I know this notebook model was delivered with 120GB SATA HDD.

Have you upgraded original 120GB with 320GB HDD in the past?

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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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So recently my mother's old laptop (Satellite A100) has stopped working. The power supply and charging capabilities have since been declared dead (meaning the computer will not turn on). I have decided to help her and transfer her old files onto her new computer. The hard drive to my knowledge is fine, but finding parts/cords to transfer the old drive onto her new computer.

I have since removed the hard drive from the laptop and I am just looking for a way to transfer files externally.

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I have a Satellite A100 model (PSAA9E)

It wont power up but I need all the info off the hard drive, what models are compatable (plug and play style) so I can buy a 2nd hand notebook and use my old hard drive
(assuming this is possible)


Answer:Need info about hard drive type for Satellite A100

HDD in Satellite A100 has SATA interface and if you want to use data from it you can just buy USB HDD box and connect it to any PC/notebook as external device.
So you will have full access to all saved data there.


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I have recently tried to help a friend with recovering data of his Toshiba Satelitte A100 that screen has died.
I thought this would be a simply task of removing the hard drive and putting it a HDD caddie and attaching it to another computer,

This does not seem to work.
I can put the hard drive back into the computer and i can hear the computer boot up and was able to see it with a LCD Screen. I have been able to remove the data this way so we are safe.

My question is why can we seem to remove the drive and see it on another computer?
I assume there must be some interface or format that the laptop may use for the recovery section and so cant be seen as a normal drive.

If I couldnt remove the data because say the motherboard died. Is there any way to be able to see the data on another computer.

Email: [[email protected]]

Answer:Satellite A100 - data recovery from Hard Disk Drive

> My question is why can we seem to remove the drive and see it on another computer?

Of course you can do that? if you would use an external USB SATA controller (external HDD caddy) you should be able to connect this to another computer.
But if the HDD is faulty, this will not work.

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I've tried searching the board and the Toshiba site, but have yet to find the answer. Please bear with me if the question has been answered elsewhere.

I bought an old A100 on eBay - it seems to work fine, but has a (non-standard) 40GB hard drive.

Entering the serial number on the Toshiba support site reveals the machine to be an A100-001.

As far as I can establish, it uses a SATA drive.

Does anyone know whether I could upgrade to a 320GB drive, or whether there is a limit to the hard drive capacity supported in this model?

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-001 - Maximum hard drive capacity supported?


If it?s SATA HDD controller then you should be able to use 320GB HDD and bigger?
As far as I know the SATA controller has no limitation and therefore it should be possible to use such big HDDs sizes.

Hope I could help you.

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I have had my laptop since March and have been using a compact flash 128 or 256 Mb via adaptor with no problems.
However, I have now purchased a 1Gb (for my Eos 300D) but my laptop says cannot find software???

I then purchased a memory stick USB 2.0 1Gb, but my laptop wont accept that either??? In both cases it searches windows for solution, then asks for the disc to accompany the hardware. My husband (good PC knowlege) is at a lost as am I.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:Satellite A100-447 wont accept 1GB flash memory or memory stick?

I have now bought a 512mb compact flash card and it doesn't work either still requests drivers.

Have dug out a mulitmedia card 512mb with photos on it, and tried it in the multimedia slot at the front and requesting drivers for that too?????


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I would like to upgrade my hard drive to a SSD and also upgrade memory. I have a HP model 15-g010dx laptop/

Answer:Upgrade memory and hard drive to ssd

Roozell Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Both are certainly doable. Here is the Maintenance and Service Guide for your laptop: Memory and drive information are on page 2. As to memory, there is only one slot, and it will hold a memory stick up to 8GB. As to SSD, any 2.5" SSD should work without problems. The Easiest way to migrate to an SSD is to use one with the same capacity as your hard drive, connect the SSD to the laptop using a USB-to-Hard-Drive cable, and use a "cloning" app to migrate the contents of the HDD to the SSD. When this is done, all you have to do is then swap the SDD for the HDD in the laptop. My personal recommendation is to use a third party tool known as Macrium Reflect to do the cloning. What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Connect the new drive to the PC using a USB drive adapter3) Follow the instructions in this link: Shutdown the PC when done5) Swap the drives and reboot the PC. You should boot from the new drive without any problems. Good Luck

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I already have 2 GB of memory on windows 7 32bit, so I'm guessing that I can't upgrade my memory any further.For hard drive, mine is currenly 120GB, but I would like at least 200GB, is it better to replace my current hard drive, or can I add to it using the ExpressCard/PC Card slot? thanks

Answer:how to upgrade my hard drive and memory on T60?

Whether you upgrade the amount of memory depends on the pocessor and whether your OS is 32 or 64 bits. It does sound as if you want to replace the disk in your system. Renee

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Hi, I wonder if you can advise me how I can identify what memory type I need on my old HP Brio/Windows 2000 PC in order to upgrade it (currently 256mb)Also I'd like to fit a larger hard drive (currently 10g) how do I go about that and again how do I identify what I needMany thanks. Harley D

Answer:Upgrade Memory & Hard Drive

Try click hereIt's a very comprehensive site and should be of help.

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This is my Board:click hereI want add a Sata hard Drive here it is:click hereMemory from Ebuyer Quick find code 48122Will the Sata Drive support my board???

Answer:Memory and Sata Hard Drive Upgrade

Anyone know???

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Hi, My T430 is on its way. I configured my T430 with a 320GM 7200 rpm HD and only 4GB RAM, as I figured to upgrade on my own to save a few dollars. While the RAM is easy enough to upgrade, has anyone done this yet on the new T430? What brand/type of RAM is it? The biggest question is hard drive upgrade. I intend to upgrade to a crucial 256 GB M4 2.5" Drive (good pricing online right now). This will be my first hard drive upgrade, any advice would be great (i.e. will this SSD fit, be compatible, etc.) Thanks G

Answer:T430 Hard Drive and Memory Upgrade

Buy RAM from Crucial as their RAM always works with ThinkPads (and is high quality) and you will not have any issues. I would order a 2 stick set and replace the stock RAM when upgrading to avoid any timing mismatch conflicts as those can cause blue screens. The drive you are looking at should work just fine in the T430. It is also one of the fastest SSDs on the market. One thing I would do though is order the UltraBay HDD adapter and stick the stock drive in there for storage since the optical drive usually goes unused. I did that with mine and use it to store my files on, OS/Programs go on th SSD. When you stick the SSD into the main drive bay leave the original drive in it's cage and only put the rubber bumpers on the SSD. The case locks the drive into the UltraBay adapter. Just be sure to make a recovery disc set before you pull the stock drive since you will need it to install the factory image onto the SSD. Don't worry about bloatware since ThinkPads do not come with it.

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I just read a similar thread, but it's a year old and I'd like to see the current recommendations. Here is my configuration: Screen Size15.6 inchesScreen Resolution1366 x 768Processor2.5 GHz Core i5-2520MRAM8 GB DDR3-SDRAMMemory Speed1333 MHzHard Drive500 GBGraphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 3000Chipset BrandIntelNumber of USB 2.0 Ports4ExpandOther Technical Details Brand NameLenovoSeriesThinkPadItem model number42404AUOperating SystemWindows 7 Professional This is from my invoice, is there a way to get system info off my notebook that I can copy/paste? (unlike Win system info) My harddrive has been full for a while and I'm looking to get a 1 tb drive and possibly SSD  I'm also continually running out of memory as I have a gazillion browsers, tabs and apps open. Just looked on Amazon: I read about adding SSD and should mention that my DVD player doesn't work anymore, so maybe I can put something else in it.   I also don't use wireless G3 etc, just regular wireless DSL. Greatly appreciate suggestions, thanks!

Answer:T520 upgrade hard drive and memory

If you don't need a WWAN card I would put a mSata SSD and install the OS and programs there. Then replace your 500GB with a 1TB drive.
Another option would be to replace the HDD with a standard 2.5" SSD, remove the optical drive, replace it with a HDD caddy and put a 1TB HDD there
OR... You put the mSata SDD in the WWAN slot, replace your 500GB with a 1TB drive AND add another 1TB with the caddy instead of the optical drive 
Plenty of options with a T520, it's a great ThinkPad 

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I have Satellite A100-233 and I want to increase his memory. The question is, if on my motherboard can I put memory DDR2 with the speed of 667MHZ or I have use only 533 MHZ?


Answer:Satellite A100-233 - Which memory I need?


It?s depending on your chipset that you have ;)

If you only want to buy a second memory module I would be the same module as first one. So you know that his module is compatible with the notebook and normally only two identical modules should be used in the notebook to avoid incompatibility issues.

But as far as I know A100-233 can handle up to 667 MHz modules. If the first module runs with 533 MHz, the second module will also run on 533 MHz. That means the modules are downgrade compatible.

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I have (only) 512MB of RAM and I need to upgrade it. Which memory should I buy? From which models, that could be found on the market, could I choose? And do I need to have the same memory modules, eg. 512+512MB or 1GB+1GB (or even the same producer?) for better performance, work properly, or something? Please help me, I need to upgrade it ASAP and I couldn't afford any possible mistake :]

The notebook is Satellite A100-294

Best regards,
Lukas Witecki

Answer:Satellite A100-294: Which memory should I buy


Hopefully I will receive some reward points from you because I think I can provide useful answers ;)
The laptop seems to support the DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM modules.
You can use such modules from different manufacturers but in my opinion it?s better to buy a brand name module instead of no-name module due to the better performance

This site provides some compatible Kingston modules for Satellite A100-294

You can also mix the modules; I mean you could use 512+1024 or 1024+1024 or 512+512. All these options are possible

Best regards

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i have a dell dimension 8100 p4 40gb d/d 256 memory, iam thinking of upgrading hard drive to 120gb, ihave ide intel [r] 82801ba ultra ata controller primary ide channel[does this make any sense?] can i fit udma133 120gb7200rpm. hard drive?can i use my 40gb as slave even though this runs at5200rpm, also i have four memmory slots 2 128mb and 2 free slots do i have to fit the same make of memory in the 2 empty slots to make 512mb or can iuse memory from another manufacturer?i hope i have explained this clearly enough can anyone adise me? thanks.

Answer:upgrade hard drive and memory dell dimension

I don't know about Dell machines, but as a gereral rule for PCs the questions you ask can be answered as follows:can i fit udma133 120gb7200rpm. hard drive? - yescan i use my 40gb as slave even though this runs at5200rpm? - yesdo i have to fit the same make of memory in the 2 empty slots? - noFor memory, have a look at and tell it the type of machine you have. It will recommend the correct memory for you.

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Answer:Can I upgrade memory and hard drive on Aspire 3200...

You can mount a HDD up to 1Tb. About the memory, it's the maximum.  

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I have a Satellite A30 running with a MK3021GAS hard drive. I would like to upgrade to a 100G drive but am unsure about compatibilty.

I am looking at buying either a Toshiba 100G MK1031GAS 4200rpm OEM or a 100G MK1032GAX UDMA 5400rpm. Are both of these compatible with my laptop?

Also I understand that there is a HDD size limit for some models. I talked to the Toshiba support peoplebut unfortunately they didn't know! I saw in a previous post that some people have installed 80G drives successfully. Has anyone got a 100G to work?!

Many thanks for any help...

Answer:Satellite A30 hard drive upgrade

Hi Anya

As far as I know Toshiba support can not tell you much about hardware upgrade. They are just there for some technical troubles and functionality issues. Hardware upgrade make just authorized service partner. They have precise information about that.

Satellite A30 is about three years old and I am pretty sure that 100 GB HDD will not be recognized properly. As far as I know the latest and newest Tecra and Portege models have 100 GB HDDs. If the information about 80 GB is right one I recommend you to built in 80 GB and on this way you will be sure that everything will works well.

In my opinion 80 GB is pretty enough. Do you think the same?

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Is it possible to upgrade my hard drive from a 60gb one to one over 100gb

I have found where the hard drive caddy is. Does anyone have any experience
upgrading there hard drive and if so is there a size limit and what sort
of interface should the hard drive be.

Also how do I get the operating system back on to it once I have upgraded my
Hard Drive

Thank you

Message was edited by: tmnasn

Answer:Satellite P20-521 Hard drive upgrade

Hi there,

it?s possible. It?s unfortunately not official but many users here in the forum asked thousand times before you and we all achieved that it is possible. Feel free to buy new HDD and install it, there are just 4 screws holding the HDD in the caddy, the other stuff is just re-installing the OS and bla...

If you got some other questions just ASK! ;)


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I own a Satellite P133 with a 80Gb HDD and I would like to replace the HDD.

1. how do I 'safely' take it out?
2. up to how many GB can the Satellite stand
3. can a non Toshiba be fitted? 99% yes, but sometimes producers are naughty and try to get you to buy what they want and consequently loose a customer!!

Can anyone help with the above questions?


Answer:Hard drive upgrade on Satellite P30-133


First of all one question; Do you really have an Satellite P133??
This notebook is not known to me and I don?t think that this series exists.

I saw your other thread and it seems you have a Satellite P30. Am I right??

Ok? I will try to provide some info about the P30;

1) The HDD slot is palced at the bottom of the unit. You have to turn the computer upside down. Remove two black screws to release the HDD door. Pull on the tab to remove the HDD unit. Remove the HDD from the HDD case. Note: after the removing the HDD from the notebook you have to remove also the brackets which are mounting on both HDD sides.

2) You can use the 2.5", 9.5mm HDD with capacity 30GB/40GB/60GB/80/100GB/120GB. The HDD should support Bus Master IDE and Ultra 100 synchronous DMA

3) As far as I know you can use HDD from different vendors but the hardware specifications must be supported (see point 2 :) )

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My friend has a Toshiba Satellite A30-931 laptop which he wants to upgrade the hard disk, it is a IDE/ATA fitting, can he use the hard drive meant for the Satellite L30-134 series?

Answer:Upgrade Satellite A30-931 Hard Drive

The HDD fitted to the L30 series is also IDE, so should be OK.

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I would like to increase memory of my Satellite A100-036 (psaan), as 1 GB seems to be insufficient to run Vista. The problem is, I can't find out what my A100 would support. Now I have 512x2 Samsung DDR2 (533). I'm sure 1x2GB (DDR2, 533) would run OK, but what about some more? Say, 2x2GB?

First, I'm not sure whether 1x2GB chip would be supported by my A100. Any ideas?

Secondly, I've read somewhere that 4GB would be supported by my 945 Intel chipset, but there is no point in it unless I have a 64-bit OS, as 32-bit only support ca.3.2 GB. If that's true, would I be able to install 1GB + 2GB (3GB total) and use it efficiently? Are there any recommendations as to the combination of memory chips of different volumes (like 2 GB and 512MB)? May be it is better to have similar in volume?

And one more thing: not sure whether the chipset supports faster memory (higher than 553). And Can I combine 553 and smth faster?

Seems a lot of questions, but I hope someone could find some time and help me!

Thank you!!!

Answer:Satellite A100-036 memory increase


Well first of all, try to remove the current memory cards to look the model. For my A200, the memory cards are in the middle of the computer. You could go to the shop with one of them and buy one that's about the same model or even bring your laptop directly to the shop and try them there. The people at the shop will probably be able to determine the right card for your computer.

Good luck,

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I have a Toshiba Satelilte A100-440 that I want to upgrade with more memory but I'm having trouble finding info about what memory that is compatible (there is a lot of info about other A100-models but not the A100-440).

Anyone have info about where I can find info and/or suitable memory?.

Answer:Satellite A100-440 - what memory that is compatible?


All modules which are compatible with Satellite A100 are compatible also with an Satellite A100-440? the 440 is just an sub model number and it?s not really important fro RAM upgrade.

You should be able to use the DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) 200-PIN SODIMM or the DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM modules.

The speed of modules depends on the FSB (front side bus). If FSB supports max 533Mhz then your 667Mhz modules would run also at 533Mhz?


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I am using Satellite A100-599 noetbook with installed memory 1Gb-533Mhz ,the system supports memory upgrade up to 4Gb.

I need to add another 2GB ram but I only found it with 667Mhz, the question is can I add he 2GB-667MHz ram to the existing 1GB-533MHZ ram .

Answer:Satellite A100 - Adding memory RAM

You can do this but the 2GB-667MHz module will run only at 533Mhz.
The slower module would lock the faster module and would allows the module to run only at 533 MHz

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I have a question about memory compatibility, it seems like the Toshiba Satellite A100 series has the newest motherboard (945PM).

On the intel website it says that this motherboard supports DDR 667. Although if you look carefully at the specifications the A100 comes with DDR 533 memory, isn't that strange? Or did toshiba do this to reduce cost?

Thanks to anyone who is willing to clearlify this issue

Answer:Satellite A100 compatible with DDR 667 memory??


There are different Satellite A100 models but I have found a information that these memory modules are supported:
DDR2-533 256MB (PA3389U-2M25)
DDR2-533 512MB (PA3412U-2M51)
DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G)

Depending on region, may ship with either DDR2-533 or DDR2-667. These can be mixed, however, when mixed they will default to DDR2-533.

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Hi. I just buy a Toshiba Satellite A100-528, and i want to buy more memory for him, 512mb DDR2 533.
Where i can see which memory is compatible with my notebook? My option : Kingston, Kingmax !

Tks a lot !

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Can someone please tell me the max memory speed for the Satellite Pro A100-828, i am wanting to upgrade to the maximum 4GB but am finding that some sites say the max speed is 533MHz whilst others say 667MHz. For example, the Toshiba site only lists 533MHz memory under the 'Compatible Options' yet other sites list 667MHz memory as compatible.

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-828 Max Memory Speed


You should check what FSB (front side bus) would support.
Install the hardware diagnostic tool like Everest home edition and you should be able to find out this value.

If your chipset would support the 667Mhz then you could use such modules and the modules would run with 667Mhz too.

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I have this model of board: V000068460 it has the docking port/blue tooth/fingerprint/microphone/infra-red/external graphics capabilities and the pci-e connector for the wi-fi accepts dual use pci-e cards but the system memory is limited to 3gb due to chipset revision.

So does anyone know of a compatible board that has all the same options (infra-red is optional) but has a later revision of the chipset so the memory can utilise the 4gb or nearly the 4gb of ram?

Answer:Satellite Pro A100 - 4GB memory motherboard?


As far as I know the Toshiba Satellite Pro A100-196 PSAACE-001009AR supports 4GB RAM.

Googled a little bit and found out that V000068140 board is compatible for Satellite Pro A100-196

Hope this helps

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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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Can someone tell me how much memory I can put into my notebook "A100-692 PSAA9E"?

On the Internet there are pages which state that 4GB is the max memory amount, whereas the handbook says that 2GB is the max amount (The handbook seems to be made for a group of different notebooks and also states
that my notebook should have a GForce but it has an ATI GFX card).

If 4GB is the max amount, can I go with the following memory constellation?:

2GB Stick Port 1
512 MB Stick Port 2

Also can I use DDR2-667Mhz Ram instead of 533Mhz Ram and and/or a mixture of these?



Answer:Satellite A100-692 PSAA9E: What is the max memory

Besides the internt pages I think you really can only use a maximum of 2GB, as the biggest official memory module is only a 1GB one.
Anyway, more than 4GB are useless if you dont't use a 64Bit operating system.

I would suggest that you use 2x1024GB 533mhz modules.

Mixture of 533 and 677 might work but wouldn't risk any incompatibility issues.

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Can I upgrade my Satellite A100 ( 512MB (PA3412U-1M51) inside ) with a 1GB Module ( KTT533D2 by Kingston equiv. to PA3411U-1M1G ) ?
If I want to mix it the system just recognizes 1GB instead of 1,5 GB. Is it possible to use both?

Answer:Re: Satellite A100 - using 512 MB + 1GB Memory togehter?


First of all you have to check if the notebook would support the 2GB RAM.
If the chipset would support the 2GB RAM then you can use the modules together:
one 1GB RAM and one 512MB RAM module.

But note; then RAM modules should support the same specifications to ensure that no error would be detected while booting.

By the way; more details about ?how much RAM is possible? should be mentioned in the user manual.

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I'm in the process of purchasing a Satellite A100-756 which has a 120GB HDD and 1GB memory.

I have seen what appears to be easy access hatches to both these areas. Is it easy to upgrade them and will this effect the warranty ?

I'm also trying to find out if the HDD with the laptop is SATA ? Can anyone help me with how to do this ?

Answer:Need advice about HDD and memory on Satellite A100


I am not 100% sure but all latest and newest Toshiba notebook models have SATA HDDs. To be honest to you I really don?t understood why HDD upgrade. A100 is newest model with really enough HDD capacity. Compare it with other notebook models and you will see that 120 GB is more than enough. RAM upgrade is always good.

Anyway the decision is yours and you can do what you want. Memory upgrade should not be problem because memory cover is at the bottom side. Sorry but I can not tell you where is the HDD placed but the fact is that probably keyboard must be removed.

I recommend you to contact your local dealer and clarify this with him. Memory upgrade should not be problem but for HDD upgrade it is necessary to disassemble the unit (not the whole) and it will definitely cancel the valid warranty.


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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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What types to memories supports this notebook?
DDR2 -533, 667 thats all? 800 supports?

Answer:What type of memory I need for Satellite A100-906

The notebook was delivered with DDR2-533 RAM.
But you can check this with tools like Everest. There you can see that kind of RAM the notebook (chip set) does support.

Of course, you can buy DDR2-667 RAM or DDR2-800 RAM but it runs only with the speed of the lowest module or chip set does support.

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I have a toshiba Satellite Pro A200 running Vista. Vista came preloaded and I don't have any discs for it. I have had it since new (Sept 2007). The hard drive is split into drives. Recently my C drive has competely filled up and I now have no space left (55gigs gone) I store no data in this drive. All my media (music, photos, other files) is in my E drive. I have to run C Cleaner each time I boot up in order to have enough space to operate the computer. I also have to delete all but the most recent restore point in order to function.

I am at my wits end and think I must have a virus or something. Is there a way to restore the computer to 'new'? I have all my files backed up on an external hard drive so I don't mind starting from scratch. Bearing in mind I have no install discs as Vista came pre-loaded.

Can anyone help????? please!

Answer:Satellite Pro A200 - Hard Drive has lost half it's memory


If you don't have recovery disk, you can order from Toshiba for money. Otherwise, you can get Windows copy and installed it with Toshiba drivers (
Then, you mentioned that ,,Hard Drive has lost half it's memory,, Do you mean if it was ok before but now not available? Please, check ,,Disk management,, utility in Control panel. What is shown there?

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Was given a Dell Inspiron 2650
Person was gonna toss it in trash
But I wanna upgrade the hard drive (right now it's only 6 gig) and the memory (right now it's only 510 MB RAM). I know it's old and not worth that much money but I do not have a computer right now at all and I only have maybe $110 to put into it. Is it possible to make it work well enough to access music and video on the internet for that amount of money? My friends keep saying to go online and it's totally possible...

but where and how??

I know nothing about pre made laptops like this dell ... ARGHHH!!!


Be Safe...

Answer:What Is Cheapest Way 2 Upgrade Inspiron 2650 for Memory & Hard Drive??

Check eBay. I would post links, but I'm not to sure on the rules of these forums regarding links to eBay. Just search for Dell Inspiron 2650, I found a bunch of stuff in your price range for it within 3 minutes.

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I recently purchased this touchscreen all-in-one from Costco and would like to upgrade the memory to 16 and maybe put in an SSD.  Is that possible on this machine?  Any instructions on how to do so?  Thanks.

Answer:Aspire A7600U-UR24 Upgrade to Memory/Hard Drive.

Hello, You'll find all informations about your A-I-O on the Crucial website.

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I recently purchased this touchscreen all-in-one from Costco and would like to upgrade the memory to 16 and maybe put in an SSD.  Is that possible on this machine?  Any instructions on how to do so?  Thanks.

Answer:Aspire A7600U-UR24 Upgrade to Memory/Hard Drive.

Hello, You'll find all informations about your A-I-O on the Crucial website.

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Dell Desktop DIM4400
1.60GB Intel Pentium 4
768MB Installed Memory (soon will be 1024)
Hard Drive 40GB
NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
DELL M991 19" Monitor
Verizon DSL 3MB/700kbps

Hi guys and gals,

My Dell is circa 2002 and has performed admirably..
so there's that..(kudos to DELL)

I'm finally getting around to doing some way overdue upgrades including
maxing out my RAM to 1024MB (I have now 512+256) and
will receive early next week a stick of 512MB ($26.99) from Crucial.

So, now having 40MB HD and free space at...
(well, here's from Belarc Advisor)
39.98 GB Usable Hard Drive Capacity
13.14 GB Hard Drive Free Space

I'm looking for at least an 80+MB HD..depending on cost.
Other than Dell (sorry Dell, looking for best price deal),
where do you recommend I can go to find a "reliable" HD
at a decent cost savings (ala Crucial)?

Any help appreciated.
If you'd care to further enlighten me, I'll be looking for instructions
on partitioning (since I'll have two HD's) and any other pertinent
information you feel is apropos to guide me through this upgrade.
(I'm NO expert...borderline intermediate perhaps)

Thank you muchly,


Answer:Just ordered a Memory upgrade - now need Hard Drive advice (Dell)...

Look here:

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i want to upgrade my laptop sl5001)hdd  2)memoryto maximum limit my laptop can support and retains its life.My current pc specs areHDD:I ran hdd quick test utility and found following details         WD 160 gb 5400 rpm,cache size:8mb         Supported Standards: ATA8-ACS, ATA/ATAPI-7, ATA/ATAPI-6, ATA/ATAPI-5         I dont know its interface i.e whether it is SATA or IDEMemory: 1 GB  (DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM)BIOS version:1.28OS:Windows 7 ultimateChipset:Mobile [email protected] chipset My query is mainly with hdd that which1)interface:IDE or Sata 3gb/s or 6gb/s2)cache size:8mb or 16mb or 32mb3)maximum capacity size:500gb or 640 gb or 750gb or 1tb4)rpm: 5400 or 7200will be best for my laptop   

Answer:hard disk drive(hdd) and memory upgrade on lenovo sl500

hdd can be upgraded to biggest and faster u can find.the interface is sata2.i also upgraded first to 160gb 7200rpm and then to 250gb 7200rpm.after this upgrades ....bought a upgrade ever! as for memory i know that it supports max 4gb (even if i read over the net that it will go  up 2 8gb.....but didnt try it).

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I have a satellite L350-21Q and while loving it as a machine in most ways I feel that it would have benefited greatly from a larger hard drive. With this in mind I began looking for a suitable replacement and found a drive that is 1TB in size and uses SATA 3.0 connection.

I am unsure whether the machine will support the drive and so I look to you guys for help. Does anyone know whether the drive will work with the machine or are the two incompatible. If the latter is true could anybody advise me which SATA type will work and what the maximum capacity for hard drive space is please?

Thanks in advance :-)

Answer:Satellite L350-21Q - Hard drive upgrade

Unfortunately Toshiba doesn't provide some precise info about compatible and tested HDDs.
In my opinion you should not notice some problems with such HDD. Important is that you use HDD with SATA connector.

You can order new HDD, test it and if something is not working as you want to send it simply back.
As we don't have some precise info about such upgrade your feedback is welcome.

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I have been told that I can only upgrade my Satellite 1000 hard drive to a 20gb. Please does anyone know if that is correct? The laptop has a 6gb at the moment.
Thank you.

Answer:Hard drive upgrade for Satellite 1000 z2


I have found info that your unit supports 15 GB HDD. It is official Toshiba statement but maybe you will be lucky with 20 GB HDD. Try it!


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Have a Satellite Pro L300 with a 120GB HD, running Vista Home, the drive is split 50/50 and Vista does'nt like to move the partition, (Partition Magic doesn't work) ....

So would like to change to a bigger HD, .......Q/ Can I do this, and how hard is it? even with the Recovery files on the Partition and If I purchased the Recovery disks from Toshiba, surley when the drive is changed the disks would not reconise the bigger drive as I found out in the past using Norton Ghost.

Answer:Hard Drive upgrade at Satellite Pro L300

The hard drive upgrade should not be the problem.
HDD is placed at the bottom side under HDD cover. HDD cover is secured with two screws. Remove the screws and then HDD cover. Please do this gently. After doing this remove the HDD pack by pulling on the tab attached to the pack, following the direction of the arrows.

According the notebook specification you need SATA HDD and it can be upgraded up to 500 GB.
After HDD upgrade use recovery DVD for operating system installation.

More questions? ;)

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Hi all

I used to work with a Toshiba Satellite 1900-102 since July 2002 and on March my hard drive stopped working (perhaps it was about time).
Where can I buy 2.5" drives that this Satellite series can support ?

What is the maximum capacity (in GB) a laptop that old can recognise?

Thanks all for your help!

Answer:Hard drive upgrade for Satellite 1900-102

It is not easy to get info about this old Satellite notebook but I know that this old models have HDD with IDE interface and was offered with 20 or 30 GB capacity.

I don?t know for sure but I believe you can use HDDs with more capacity and I think 60 or maybe 80 GB would be enough.
Where you can buy such HDDs?
I believe you can order it online in some online store but you can get it cheap on eBay.

To be honest no one need such old HDDs so you can get one on eBay for less money.

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I want to upgrade the HD of my Satellite 1900-102 because of the original 20GB HD is to small.
What type of HD Toshiba can I use? 2.5" or 1.8" too?
Is the Toshiba MK1234GAX 2.5" 120GB HD compatible with my notebook?

Answer:Satellite 1900-102 Hard Drive Upgrade


Two years ago I have had Satellite 1900-703. Nice peace of hardware isn?t it? On this notebook you can use 2,5?? HDD only. 1,8?? HDD is used by slim line notebooks like some Portege models.

To be honest 120 GB is little too much for this oldie and I am pretty sure it will not wok. If I am remembering well my Satellite was delivered with 40 GB. Maybe 60 or even 80 GB HDD can operate with this notebook but 120 GB ?. I am pretty sceptic it will work.

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I need to get windows 7 off my old hard drive and onto my new upgrade hard drive. I cant seem to find 'media copy ' file/folder. I did make a windows disc when i first got it as it required me to do but only loads a 'safe' version of windows on new hd and asks me for other discs.

Local dealer reckons there are 3 back up discs to load up. I have tried backing it up but it takes more than 7 dvd discs and is still not finished when i run out of time. Takes all day to do that. I tried a 'system image' through windows and that works but says the new drive is same size as old drive system image was taken off. Old drive is 250gb i think, new drive is 1tb. Local dealer says try to reset computer back to factory and see if ' media copy' fil/folder reappears.

Anyone got any ideas please!

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Answer:New hard drive upgrade for Satellite L670D-102

At first I must say that you should inform us which notebook model do you have exactly.

Generally speaking the whole situation is pretty simply. Your notebook was delivered with preinstalled OS version (recovery image). Using preinstalled Toshiba recovery media creator tool you can create bootable recovery media (DVD or USB) that you can use for recovery installation.

After HDD exchange just start recovery image installation from this created recovery media.

To be honest I don't understand your posting and what you wrote about this created media.

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Hey guys,

I have had a quick search, but I'm sorry if this has already been asked and successfully answered... But anyway.

My girlfriend has easily filled up her 120GB Hard Drive and wants to expand. I see that it can be upgraded to two other sizes (including 360GB), but is that the maximum? Am I able to upgrade to a hard drive say 500GB/1TB in size?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite L300 - Hard Drive Upgrade


Satellite L300 supports SATA HDDs and that means there is no capacity limits. So you can also install 500GB or 1TB drive that should be no problem.

SATA interface has no capacity limits anymore as old IDE interface so don?t worry about the size. Just buy a model that you think it?s ok. It?s only important that it?s 2.5? HDD with SATA interface.

Furthermore the exchange is described here:
[Satellite L300 - How to replace defective HDD?|]

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Has anyone upgraded their Satellite L350-10L hard drive to an SSD and if so, have you noticed any difference, and the big question, was it easy ????


Answer:Hard drive upgrade on Satellite L350-10L

Hello Chris

Long time ago I had Satellite L300 and this series is known to me.
At this time I didn?t even think about such upgrade.
Older Satellite notebooks from series L are low budget machines and the hardware configuration is not the best one.
With other words they are designed for everyday activities. I can understand that you probably want to increase hardware performance but my personal opinion is that SSD is not the best solution. In my opinion you should not spend a lot of money for upgrades. Memory upgrade to maximum and that?s it.

What do you think about all this?

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Hi, I have just upgraded the hard drive to 40GB. I have a very basic knowledge of pc's and am trying to load XP onto the new HD with no luck. Can someone assist me with the procedure and could it be that this size HD is too bg?
The ram has been upgraded to 160 and has been working ok with XP. I dont need to keep anything from the original HD.

Answer:Satellite 4010cds - hard drive upgrade

Hi, All sorted. I have managed to get the HD to work. Loaded up Win 2000 first which it accepted and then upgraded to XP. So now I have 160MB and a HD with 40GB. Working great.

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Hi... My laptop is a toshiba satellite 1900-102 with an 20Gb hard disk. I would like to ask if I can upgrade the hard disk with another model and not the classic toshiba MK**18GAP. Is it ok to use a hard disk from another vendor? I want to use a disk from Hitachi which is cheaper but will it be compatible?
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Satellite 1900-102, Hard Drive Upgrade

Do know nothing about Hitachi, but what talks against a exchange of the hdd ?
The most important point is the measurements of the hdd.
About the capacity I just can tell you that we have a Satellite 1900 with 30 Gigs running


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I have a Toshiba Satellite s2450. It shipped with a 40 GB HDD. I would like to upgrade it to something larger. I have heard that the BIOS may not allow a larger HDD. Is there any way to tell what maximum size of HDD the BIOS will allow??

Thanks in advance for any information,


Answer:Upgrade Hard Drive in a Satellite s2450

Thats a good question. Your machine is pretty old and I am not sure how many the chipset/BIOS could handle. I had a machine built in the same years like your machine and I had a 60GB HDD in there. So, I think you must check it on your own simply by buying a 80 or 60 GB HDD, install it and check if it works.

I assume a 60GB HDD SHOULD work properly but you must check it on your own. Unfortunately thats the only information that I can give you. :/


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I have a Satellite A100-496 and it states
Memory Type : DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM

Straight forward question - WILL DDR2 667MHz (PC2-5300) 200-PIN SODIMM
work in this machine


Answer:Memory type compataility for Satellite A100-496

I am pretty sure it will work but I am asking myself why to use RAM with different FSB. If possible try to obtain recommended and tested RAM module:
DDR2-533 512MB (PA3412U-2M51)
DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G)


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I recently bought 2x2Gb modules for my A100-828. However, i cant get any memory module to fit in the second expansion slot. I have tried both the new modules in it as well as the old 512Mb module that was originally in the laptop. The new memory is definately compatible as both new modules work in the first expansion slot.

The memory doesn't seem to fit properly in the second slot (i have put it in the right way ;-p ) it wont push all the way in.

Anybody have any ideas what the problem is?

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Satellite A100-828 - New memory module wont fit


I don?t know why the module cannot fit in the second slot.
Both slots are completely the same and support also the same standard.

I think you used simply not compatible modules or you tried to insert the modules in wrong way
As far as I know you need the DDR2 667MHz ( *PC2-5300* ) 200-PIN SODIMM module.

What module do you use?

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I just installd 4gb ram. The (updated) BIOS shoes 4gigs in bios setting, but the memory test will only go to 3071 MB
I checked the two rams single - the check goes to the full 2gb in both cases... So where has the 1GB ram gone?
Toshiba sais, that my notebook supports up to 4gig ram, I have a Toshiba A100 - 153 (PSAA9e), Bios version 6 Phoenix CSS 2005 Q4 Version Mak -r1.53
Ram support up to 800 MHz FSB

Has anyone gon an idea?

Answer:4GB RAM limit in memory test on Satellite A100

Hi friend,

man thats easy to solve. You must only read this [article from|] and this [Toshiba Support Document|].

Everything will be clarified and you will be enlighted about the fact that the system itself without the operating system needs also his amount of RAM to work properly.

Thats it, nice weekend

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I have a Satellite Pro A100-830 and I bought the maximum allowed memory for it which is 2x2Gb which in my world totals 4Gb. When I put the dimms in on their own in either slot, the BIOS reports 2Gb. Well done bios! When I put them both in together, I only see 3Gb in the bios!

I did find this link on the Crucial website.

It would suggest that page files, devices etc take up memory on you system at start up, before the OS kicks in I assume. If you have not got the maximum memory installed, you should see the total memory. If you have got the maximum memory installed then you will not see the memory in use by the page files etc. Why would this be? Why would you see 2Gb if you only have 2Gb but then see only 3Gb if you have 4Gb because of the system!

Can anyone shed any light on this subject and either qualify or reject the information in this link. Do I need to replace the memory and/or the pc?



Answer:Satellite Pro A100-830 with 4Gb of memory but BIOS tells me I only have 3Gb

This not a BIOS problem but a Windows issue.
I found this info:
Windows XP Professional 32-bit is limited to 4GB of address space. If you have 4GB of RAM installed, it will not show 4GB within Windows. What you'll probably get is the size of your pagefile subtracted from the 4GB.

Some of this address space is reserved for hardware and the OS... so you'll never have access to the full 4GB anyway. If you want to access 4GB+ of RAM... your best solution is to pick up XP Pro 64-bit... but that will only work if your P4 CPU has EMT64. (64bit)
You can also try enabling DEP if it isn't already enabled... this will also enable PAE which may give you access to all 4GB

So finally a answer:
> Do I need to replace the memory and/or the pc
-> No, everything is ok... you don't need to change teh hardware

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Hi all,

i have a question.... i can change the quantity of memory available for the video card?
Now the pc with Vista home premium have only 64mb dedicated for the video card and 271mb of system memory available and 0 of system memory used.
It's possibile change by software the setting of video memory?


Answer:Satellite A100-750: How to increase the graphic memory


Are you sure your notebook graphic card supports a shared memory?
As far as I know the A100-750 was delivered with a nVIDIA GeForce FX Go7300 and this card supports own 64MB video memory. This is not shared memory and therefore you cannot increases this graphic card memory to a higher value.

In this case the graphic card uses own memory and the notebook do not need to share the main memory with graphic card.

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I just bought a A100-819 and according to the specifications the Geforce Go 7600 has 256Mb of dedicated memory. However, when I check the properties I see it shows 256Mb dedicated memory and 255Mb shared memory. How do I turn of this shared memory?

Answer:Set Memory of Geforce Go 7600 in Satellite A100-819


The A100 with the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 don?t support the shared memory!!!
This graphic card supports own 256MB of graphic memory!
Could please post how did you check the graphic memory amount??

In my opinion you should run the DirectX. There you can check all the details!!!
The DirectX can be started with the command: dxdiag

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I am looking for information how reduce graphic memory. I have Satellite A100-692, PSAA9E-09900QGR and install 1024MB RAM but 512MB is dedicated for graphic memory. Because of that I have 512MB RAM in real only.
I like to change it. Only 256MB should be dedicate for graphic memory. I have checked BIOS (ver. 2.00) and graphic drivers and anywhere is option regarding changing graphic memory.

Please help how to do it.

Answer:Satellite A100-692 - how reduce graphic memory?


You have described your situation but it sounds very strange.
As far as I know the notebook uses a ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 128MB graphic card and this is NOT a sheared memory graphic card!
This card uses own 128MB and should share the main memory!

I don?t know why you have suggested that you have only 512MB.
How did you test it?

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Hello all,

Is there any body knows how to adjust the video card memory of Toshiba Satellite A100-811 laptop?
The physical memory of my laptop is 512MB I want to share to my video card of about 128MB, nomatter if 384 will be left in my physical memory.

Your imediate response is highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Answer:How to Adjust the Video Memory on Satellite A100-811


the Satellite A100 supports an Intel 945GM 8MB-128MB shared memory graphic card, thats right. But
afaik it?s not possible to assign this shared memory manually, it happens automatically.

If the running application needs more graphic card memory then the OS will increases this value automatically.

It seems this notebook was delivered with 512MB memory. In my opinion you have to upgrade the memory to 1024MB if you want to use the full 128MB of shared memory.


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Hello my device is equiped with the G-Force GO 7600 Driver Graphics Card , i read in some site that this model can by Expandable from 128 Mbit to 256 Mbit by sharing with the RAM Memory, but i cannot find anything in bios that allows me to do this . How can i do it ?

I also have another Question sorry ;P i bought 2x2Gb PC 5300 Memory but it says 4Gb of Memory 3 Gb Usable , Why ?
Thank you.

Answer:Satellite A100-376 (PSAAR) and Expandable VGA Memory


The graphic card shares the memory but this is controlled automatically by an graphic card driver.
You cannot assign or add the memory manually.

> I also have another Question sorry ;P i bought 2x2Gb PC 5300 Memory but it says 4Gb of Memory 3 Gb Usable , Why ?
Do you use Win 64bit or 32bit system. The 32bit system can handle only 3.2GB RAM

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Hello Friends,

Just bought memory Upgrade for my Satellite Pro A100-229 from but these modules are not working in my Laptop ?

Product Details is :- _*CT12864AC667.8FG ( 1GB 200PIN DDR2 SODIMM 128M x 64 PC2-5300*_ ).

Does anyone know which memory modules will work in my Satellite Pro series please ?

Or is there anyway I can make these modules work please ?

Thanks a lot.

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-229 - Incompatible Memory from CRUCIAL


If the modules are not compatible then you will not get it to work?
I think you should check some Kingston modules: *DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM*

I?ve bought some Kingoston modules and they work properly,

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Cannot read Memory Stick *pro Duo* from my Sony Camera to edit fotos

Is there any update or possibly a solution via USB-Adaptor?

Answer:Satellite A100-775 - Can't read memory stick pro duo

I don?t have Memory Stick Pro Duo cards but I have looked in the user manual and the card reader supports SD/MS/MS Pro/MMC/xD memory cards and it looks like that MS Pro Duo cards are not supported.

I think you should use an external card reader. I bought an external card reader from Kingston and it works fine.

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for start.. i own a satellite a100-192...
i'm thinking of upgrading my ram and i know that the type of ram inside my notebook is ddr2 pc533 so-dimm...

But I cannot find what brand of ram is it shipped with my kind of notebook?

Answer:Satellite A100-192: what is a brand of my memory modules

Well, I assume the Toshiba delivers the own notebooks with the Toshiba memory modules.
It seems these modules are compatible:
DDR2-533 256MB (PA3389U-2M25)
DDR2-533 512MB (PA3412U-2M51)
DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G)

Also the Kingston modules support a great performance and could be used.

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I have a Satellite A100-496 which states:
Memory Type : DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM
Will the following memory work or not

Total Size: 2GBMB
Form Factor: DIMM 200-pin
Memory Speed: 667Mhz (PC-5300)
CAS Latency:555-12
1.8v (+/- 0.1v)


Answer:Question about memory compatability for Satellite A100-496

I do not know who the manufacturer from this RAM module is but I hope you use high quality product. Unfortunately I can not test it with my Satellite A100 but I believe you can use this RAM module.

According some reports here on the forum, maybe you will have problem to get it work together with one old RAM module. Test it please and please let us know how it works.

Anyway, I think you should use 100% compatible module. If you want check it here


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hello, im sorry to say that i am not able to remove the memory cover on the bottom of my notebook (satellite pro a100-491). i learned from the user guide that there is only one screw to open the cover. but despite removing the screw (as far as possible) the cover doesnt move. i dont want to use some force so i am asking if theres any trick to open it easily. i really tried a lot befor posting here.
if anyone is able to help me i would be very grateful.
thx kai

Answer:Can't remove memory cover! Satellite Pro A100


you just have to pull up the cover with a little force.


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