I have an LT4009u. Which any sane person would regret buying, but damn it I'll make it work.
Anyways, I upgraded it by buying a 4 GB chip of RAM (up from its original 1 GB), and I put a (rather cheap) SSD In it. The SSD in question is the cheapest one Microcenter had (which is just a re-labeled ADATA S599 drive. Same drive, different sticker).
Now then, windows explorer likes to hang. A lo. Other processes sometimes continue responding but more often than not, the burning ship that is explorer.exe takes down others with it. Eventually stuff starts responding again, but my questions are:
1) Drives are backwards compatible, yes? in the same way a USB 3.0 thumbdrive will work in a USB 1.0 slot (albeit at 1.0 speeds). This probably isn't too important since I don't think any hard drives exist yet that can saturate SATA bandwidths? Regardless, I do believe my SSD is slightly faster than the mobo's data rate.
2) Why does the BIOS and Windows say that there's 4 GB of RAM installed but even on 64-bit windows it only says 3 GB? (
3) Is there any possible way whatsoever to use the extra 1 GB of RAM under 32-bit windows? (Which I am using due to intel's incompetence and/or laziness at not just porting their 32-bit drivers to 64-bit.)
4) How would I go about finding the exact cause of explorer's hanging? If anyone can read Windowsese, here's a log file I got from a program who's purpose is to give information about processes it detects are unresponsive.