- February 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm #161136
Is the NC20 upgradable to 2GB of RAM? The manual has a nice section on how to swap RAM modules but it also say only use RAM that is listed in the product specs. I suspect you can swap a 2GB chip in there and it’d be fine but I’d love to some confirmation of this.
Also, I am hoping for OSX compatibility. I know it is a long shot. Though people had some results with oqo2 and HP Mini 2133 video acceleration doesn’t with. Without it the best you can do is 1024×768 which is not yet ideal.
On the NC10 the biggest problem was the WLAN and LAN chips. While the WLAN was swappable, the LAN wasn’t. This ended up being the main reason I didn’t buy an NC10. I use LAN at work.
Beyond the RAM question, could anyone send detailed hardware specs, especially the lan and wlan chipsets? Thanks. LFebruary 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm #183741AlfiharParticipant
I don’t think OS X will work well on the NC20, there may be difficulties with the graphics chipset as no Mac uses Via Chrome.
The Ethernet on the NC20 is supposedly a Marvell 88E8040 which is not supported. Though it looks like it may work in Snow Leopard. Sound chipset looks like it’s the same as the NC10 as well, don’t know if they have switching working with it yet.February 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm #183746HanzoMember
“VIA VX800 brings high quality graphics, video and memory performance to ultra compact x86 systems, including MicrosoftÂ® DirectXÂ® 9.0 3D graphics, high definition video and audio playback, and support for up to 4GB of DDR2 system memory.”
These infos about VX800 are aquired from VIA website. Althouh the chipset supports maximum 4GB DDR2, I think there is probably only 1 memory slot of NC20. So maybe the NC20 ONLY supports maximum 2GB memory.
Interrestingly to noted that the power comsumption of VX800 is 5W but the other version called VX800U only costs 3.5W. I wonder what version of chipset the NC20 uses.February 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm #183747
Hmm. I’d be interested in this too. VX800 or VX800U. Should start a new thread. As for maximum allowed by the chipset is one thing. I would also want to be sure that there are no artificial limitations in place. 4GB would be awesome though I don’t know if those chips exist or not. If they do, they are probably expensive still.
Alfihar, can you cite the source(s) that makes you suspect that Snow Leopard is OK with the Ethernet chip? I’d love to read up on it.February 25, 2009 at 4:32 am #183748
Bump. Pretty-pretty please. Could anyone who already has the NC20 slap a 2GB (or 4GB) RAM module in there and confirm upgradability in practice? Thanks.February 25, 2009 at 4:58 am #183755SadakoMember
Spit already stated he has a 2 gig module in his.February 25, 2009 at 5:00 am #183743YsabelMember
They sell them with 2G RAM as standard – I got my NC10 from them.February 25, 2009 at 11:01 am #183751
I got one last week and put the new stick of ram in aswell, very easy. Took 5 minutes! Remove panel, remove old ram, put in new ram, replace panel! I looked at some nc10 guides then did it! Its cheaper to do it yourself although you are taking a small risk. 2gb crucial or kingston on ebuyer for Â£18ish!February 25, 2009 at 4:17 pm #183749
Awesome. What RAM does it use? Any chance for a 4GB upgrade? (The chipset supports it, but nobody is sure if it can handle it in one chunk – or if it even exists in one chunk.)February 25, 2009 at 5:05 pm #183744Don_AudioMember
Awesome. What RAM does it use? Any chance for a 4GB upgrade? (The chipset supports it, but nobody is sure if it can handle it in one chunk – or if it even exists in one chunk.)
AFAIK the Chipset can only handle 2GB per bank. And since most Netbooks have only one bank soldered to a SODIMM Slot youre out of luck.February 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm #183752
It only has one slot so i think your limited to 2GB. I used crucial 667Mhz PC2-5300 CL5 1.8v sodimm ram from ebuyer Â£18.February 25, 2009 at 11:56 pm #183745beachMember
from what i have seen pc6400 runs faster in the nc10 than pc5300.
see this thread.
can you post your memory results you get from cpuz?
ps, got my 2gb 800 pc6400 from play.com, about Â£15 i think.February 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm #183753
Yeah i just went for the same speed as the stuff that was in it, but i might get the fast ram since its so dirt cheap at the moment! I’ll try cpu-z tonight and see what it says. I havent run any benchmarks on it because it can handle everything i’ve done on it!!! Also hoping the new quake live browser game will work!February 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm #183756SadakoMember
Unlike the nano, the atom has an fsb of 800 MHz, I’d think using pc6400 modules in the nc20 would make more sense than using them on the nc10?February 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm #183754
As the cpu speed varies with usage, the fsb is actually variable but it can handle ram upto 800MHz.
Edit: Just check cpu-z and the multiplier actually varies! My bad.
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