I would really value some help - and not too complex! (I have big holes in my knowledge...)
I am trying to upgrade RAM (SoDimm) from 2Gb to 4Gb in an HP Mini 210 Netbook 3000 series (model is 3024sf) . Problem: black screen/will not boot.
Chip is Intel Atom N570, dual-core, 1.66Ghz. (More details below.)
I understood from net search that the N570 chip SHOULD run 4Gb... according to various reports and authors - but there are conflicting voices on this. I have searched this site, and looked at similar questions but not yet found a definitive answer.
Intel site itself says 2Gb max ... which does seem to be 'definitive'.
BUT: One example found so far of N570 with 4Gb - is the massive, and low-power-consumption SeaMicro Server SM10000-64 with 256 N570 chipsets, where 'each Atom CPU can be configured with 2Gb or 4Gb...'
- datasheet spec here: http://www.seamicro.com/sites/default/files/SM10000-64_DataSheet_v1%202.pdf - infosheet here: http://www.seamicro.com/sites/default/files/SM_TO02_64_v1.7.pdf)
I have tried both Transcend and Kingston. These are both 1600 (the HP takes 1333), but I understand faster RAM should run slower at the speed the computer can manage - ie it is backward-compatible. It is on Windows 7 32, but the chip is described as '64' and dual core-dual processor -- another reason to imagine it COULD /SHOULD access the 4Gb and not give a black screen...
So - does anyone know of a way past this apparent '2Gb block'? (Please, this is NOT a question about '4Gb limits in Winx32' - only about my wife's netbook not even booting with a 4Gb stick. Once it boots - it opens other possibilities. According to the AIDA64 report, PAE is already enabled.)
Chip is Intel Atom N570, dual-core, 1.66Ghz. CPUID gives this info: Chipset Northbridge Intel Atom Host Bridge rev. 02 Southbridge Intel NM10 rev. 02 Memory Type DDR3 Tests with AIDA64 'Extreme Edition' and info below is from it. Memory Slots: (current stick) -- DRAM Slot #1 2 GB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM) (sodimm) North Bridge Properties: North Bridge Intel Pineview-M IMC Intel Platform Pine Trail-M Supported Memory Types DDR2-667 SDRAM (*see below) Maximum Memory Amount 4 GB* Revision 02
*I note the report shows "DDR2-667 SDRAM" - yet there is DDR3 in it and it runs normally...
I can post more of the report from CPUID or Aida64 Extreme Edition, if needed.
Any help very gratefully received! Thank you so much