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03-29-2021 09:29 AM
Would like to download the lastest HP update for the software & drivers now that I have installed the latest BIOS update HP released. Was F7 now F15
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03-29-2021 09:40 AM
Since HP retired support for your notebook, the only place where you can easily find the latest drivers HP released for it would be from this reputable 3rd party website.
The above model also has an AMD processor, so the drivers from this model would also work on yours.
03-29-2021 02:19 PM
Paul, WOW your like a PC Genie loaded with resources & advice Information!
As there are multiple options on some of the drivers how does one decide which to download?
Would I use the latest download by Date, Is that to simple of logic to go by when downloading
03-29-2021 04:56 PM
Paul; your earlier response seems to have vanished somehow while I was composing the response below so I had to make a new post...
Thanks Paul for the Service Manual, nice to have for my questions & curiosity
If 4 GB is the max would It be pointless to add 1 GB & expect to notice any performance improvement?
Dual channel sounds like it will provide a noticeable performance response or will it just stabilize the OS?
I plan to purchase the same RAM as below so they are both the same; the other RAM was from E L P I D A
03-29-2021 06:00 PM
You're very welcome.
Glad to have been of assistance.
8 GB is the max as set forth in chapter 1 of the service manual, not 4 GB.
But 2 x 4 GB of DDR2 memory is very expensive, because very few notebooks used 4 GB DDR2 memory.
I honestly don't know how much of a performance boost you would get by removing the 1 GB memory chip and replacing it with a 2 GB memory chip.
You get an extra 1 GB of memory, but you also get the memory to run in the higher performing dual channel mode, instead of the lower performing single channel mode the 3 GB of memory is running in currently.
Anyway, here is a link to a compatible 2 GB memory chip on eBay.ca if you want to toss $20 CAD at it to speed up your notebook slightly.
You can watch this video to see the difference between memory running in single channel mode vs dual channel mode...
03-29-2021 07:48 PM
I would like to see if I can upgrade to 8 MB from 3 MB; surely that would improve performance?
Are you able to advise any manufacturer for the RAM that is very good for the$ or is that against the forum rules?; I don't need to purchase HP RAM since HP never used their own hardware & wonder why HP installed other vendor's RAM & from 2 different vendors.
Looking forward to watching those videos and learning a little more of how these machines tick
I have loads of system event errors; buckets & kernels as well, but don't know how to resolve those, also ran DISM system health restore, SFC scan & it found corrupted & missing files; ; also used clean mgr /sage set: and clean mgr /sage run:, all 4 commands were elevated, perhaps smart friend can fix those event errors...
.Wonder if the low RAM can cause the above event error issues
Anyway let me your thoughts/advice, I am of to watch the RAM vids
03-29-2021 08:17 PM
We can recommend memory here so that isn't a problem.
What the problem is...is the cost.
This is the least expensive memory I could find.
Maybe you can find it on eBay in used but tested and working condition.
Regarding errors and whatnot...did you clean install W7?
That would be the only suggestion I can offer to see if a fresh installation of W7 would help.
3 GB of memory with a 64 bit operating system is barely adequate.
I would say that 4 GB is the minimum acceptable and 8 GB would be best, but at what cost?
There is no way I would be paying $160 CAD for new memory on such an old notebook.
03-30-2021 07:48 AM
I believe I am using dual channels already as both slots have RAM cards but they are from 2 different manufacturers and they are not the same spec wise.
Why the HAL900 did HP do this type of 2 alternate Vendor's RAM cards install when they have their own name brand RAM?. Comments I have read state if using 2 RAM slots use the same manufacturer parts & match the 2 RAM GB's to each other otherwise stabilty and performance could be a culprit of causing issues.
What are your wise views on this Paul?
BTW Can you confirm I am using dual channels set up
03-30-2021 07:56 AM
I have different brand memory in a few of my PC's.
Never had a problem with compatibility or performance.
Maybe I have been lucky...in most cases as long as the memory from the different manufacturers are the same specs, normally you should be OK.
Dual channel performance...the rule of thumb is you need to have matching memory capacities in both memory slots to achieve dual channel mode.
That would mean 2 x 1 GB, 2 x 2 GB, etc. a 2 GB + a 1 GB chip should be 3 GB running in single channel mode.
I have zipped up and attached a free utility below that should tell you how your memory is running...single or dual channel.
If you look at the screen shot of the report I ran for my PC, you can see the dual channel indication on the lower right quarter of the summary report.