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I want to increase my laptop speed and use a ram disk but my RAM size is very low. How can I tell if I can increase my RAM from 4 GB on my FSC Amilo XA 3530 laptop? The specs stats it is DDR2 800Mhz Ram. Would a DDR2 667Mhz PC2-5300 SO-DIMM 200pin fit this box?

lspci -vvv:

00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor DRAM  
Controller [1022:1302]
Control: I/O- Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr-
Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- 
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open it up or download cpuz and check it out – Shekhar Dec 27 '11 at 14:31
@Shark: I can download or open but what can use a lspci to verify? – Betterdev Dec 27 '11 at 14:34
try lspci -t ,it shows grouped pci hardware, am not on a linux box at the moment. add the output of lspci here so one can have a look at it – Shekhar Dec 27 '11 at 15:35
@Shark: The specs stats it is DDR2 800Mhz Ram. Would a DDR2 667Mhz PC2-5300 SO-DIMM 200pin fit this box? – Betterdev Dec 28 '11 at 0:33
@Shark: I've add the information you have requested. – Betterdev Dec 28 '11 at 1:09

You need to look at the specifications for this laptop. According to the information I could find, this laptop can only use a MAX of 4GB of DDR2 800MHz.

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Crucial and both report that 4GB is the hardware limit for the FSC Amilo XA 3530.

You could try a SSD replacement for your spinning disk and see if that helps performance.

The first thing to do for performance improvement is to profile to find out where the bottlenecks (if any) are located. In other words, what leads you to believe a RAM disk will significantly speed up your execution?

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I gave it a shot and I bought a cheap 4GB DDR2 PC-5200 So-Dimm and my bios is showing me 6144 MB ram and I can boot into Windows 7. But if I knew this before I would have bought a PC-6400 because it's faster.

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