01-11-2013 03:58 AM
i have a CQ43-171LA with a AMD single core E-240,2GBRAM ,250GB,HDD,WLAN Running windows 8 i would like to upgrade the memory and change it to a dual core because i cant even play a single game videos freeze at times and everything seems really slow just to add the laptop its brand new it was given to me as a gift
01-11-2013 08:36 AM - edited 01-11-2013 08:43 AM
The Ram can be easily upgraded and you will notice a big performance increase in general. Even if you could install a dual core processor you would not see an improvement in gaming. The processor is not holding you back it is the graphics and that would not be upgraded by any processor you could install. Lastly the cost of trying to upgrade the processor would be more than the cost of selling the laptop you have and buying something stronger. The RAM upgrade will be cheap and easy, on the other hand. I recommend 8 gigs. The RAM upgrade will make only a very slight difference in gaming; maybe not even noticeable. What exactly are you trying to play?
01-11-2013 11:57 AM - edited 01-11-2013 12:19 PM
i like to play saint row and games like that also emulators and be able to watch movies without them freezing at random times i also use photoshop cs6 and frezes alot to what can i do for my laptop achive max speed?
01-11-2013 12:14 PM
If you are talking about Saints Row 3 that game has very high requirements; very few laptops will play it very well. Movies run from a DVD should have no problem on your computer. If streaming movies stutter and lock up on you it is more likely to be your network connection than the computer itself. Your laptop is at the very low end in terms of power. It will handle internet, DVD movies, office apps and streaming content well but would not be good for high or even mid-level gaming or any kind of content creation (audio or video production or Photoshop for example). It is much more like an iPad or something like that. The best investment you can make would be a memory upgrade. If interested let me know and I can point you to where to buy it and how to install it yourself.
01-11-2013 12:40 PM
so it would be better to sell it and try to get a better laptop or just build a desktop and use this one for on the go ?
and the video freezes even when i have it saved to my hd and on dvd and also freezes while running small stuff like internet and random activitys
and sure i would like to upgrade the memory if it helps on something thank you for your help
01-11-2013 01:20 PM
Even with only 2 gigs of RAM it should not lock up or freeze. Did they buy it from a place where you have a return privilege? I fear you got a "lemon".
01-11-2013 03:03 PM - edited 01-11-2013 03:10 PM
Well I would do the RAM upgrade to at least 4 gigs. Has it always hung up on videos or is this new?
A 4 GB kit is $30. I suspect you may have an open slot in which case all you need is a second 2 gig stick; even cheaper.
Here is a link to the Manual:
See page 45. You have 2 memory slots.