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Hello, I have recently upgraded my OS to Windows 7 on my Pavillion Notebook, which is a dv6700, with product number KW097EA#UUW, and with an AMD processor. Its bios version is F.34, and I would like to know if it's the latest bios. Unfortunately I cannot find my computer model on the website, so I'm needing your help. Also, will the latest bios allow me to install more ram? I currently have 2GB.

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Hi:

 

Yes, F.34 is the latest BIOS version and if you have that installed, good.

 

I am going to save you from having to strip your notebook for parts and tossing it in the trash if you try to flash the BIOS after you installed Windows 7.

 

DON'T FLASH THE BIOS IF YOU HAVE INSTALLED WINDOWS 7.

 

There will be a 100% chance of totally bricking your notebook if you do.

 

Below is the link to the support and driver page for your specific notebook model.

 

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?product=3717145&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&os=228&query=KW097EA&s...=

 

As long as the BIOS in your PC is at F.27 or newer, there is no reason that you can't install 4 GB of memory in your notebook right now.

 

I have a dv6810us with the same hardware as yours and I am running W7 64 bit with 4 GB of memory (2 x 2GB of PC2-6400), and it works just fine.

 

If you ever need to flash the BIOS (which you shouldn't ever need to), you will need to reinstall Vista, flash it, and reinstall W7.

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Thank you! Thank you very  much! That was precisely what I needed to know. You are a savior! I have a new question, now: Will the bios allow me to use, let's say 8GB of ram or more? You told me that your PC works fin with 4GB, but I want to make sure.

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You're very welcome.

 

I tried 2 x 4 GB of PC2-6400 memory, and the notebook wouldn't even boot.

 

I tried it because the Intel model dv6xxx models of ours that have the Mobile Intel 965 chipsets can run with 8 GB of memory, so I figured I would experiment. Even though the specs state max is 4 GB, they will run with 8 GB.

 

No dice on ours.

 

So, I potentially saved you about $150.00 in memory that won't work. 

 

I was lucky. I bought it a long time ago and I think it was about $60.00 for the two 4 GB chips.

 

I'll find a use for them someday in an Intel notebook.

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I see. I'm curious now: How do I know how much RAM my computer can support at most?

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You can look at the link I posted for you and you will see the maximum memory listed there under Product Specifications.

 

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01411739=

 

Memory Max

Up to 4 GB (Up to 1 GB may not be available due to 32-bit operating system resource requirements)

 

Are you sure you only have 2 GB of memory in your notebook?  The product specs page states it came with 3 GB like mine did.

 

I changed the 2 GB chip because mine was PC2-5300 and your notebook can run the memory at 800 MHz, so I got matching RAM 2 x 2 GB of PC2-6400 to squeeze as much performance out as I could.

 

If you live in the USA, this is the memory I got:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231156

 

Now if you do have 3 GB in your notebook, and want to keep the 2 GB chip, then just get one of the above:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231155

 

I just noticed a pair of the 4 GB memory modules now sell for $195.00!

 

Maybe if I keep holding on to them, I'll be rich!  Smiley Happy

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