Finally, I have my HP 6910p laptop running with 8Gb RAM

Today, I received two Corsair Value Select 4Gb DDR SO-DIMMs (from overclock.co.uk) for my aging HP 6910p to give it the extra lease of life to keep it going until the end of 2010.  And here is the proof that Windows 7 64-bit happily sees all 8Gb,

System Information showing 8Gb of RAM

There are no 4Gb modules are officially supported for the HP 6910p (they didn’t exist when it was first build).  I was taking a bit of a gamble, and relying on the UK distance selling regulations which meant that even if they didn’t work I’d be able to send them back, getting a full refund and only paying for the return postage. I’d read Keith Comb’s blog back in 2008, (http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithcombs/archive/2008/07/05/loading-a-hp-6910p-with-8gb-of-ram.aspx) where he mentioned ‘trying’ out 4Gb samples of SO-DIMMs in a HP 6910p laptop, but there still appears to be no mentions of running this configuration in any other blog.

Seeing how the 8Gb of memory is used is made easier with the new Resource Monitor available in Windows 7.  With two copies of Visual Studio 2008, Outlook, Firefox (with 30+ tabs), TweetDeck (an infamous memory hog) and VMWare workstation running a virtual machine allocated with 2Gb of memory, you might have no ‘free’ memory remaining, but the standby memory is an awesome 2.4Gb, and once the VM is up and running the Hard Faults/sec hovers around zero,

 Resource Monitor showing memory usage

It’s the page fault figure which really counts, because reducing that value means that you are preventing the Windows 7 system drive from being used for virtual memory paging operations.  Even after only a few hours of use it’s noticeable that disc access has been reduced and applications feel more responsive and ‘snappy’. 

I did consider the option of purchasing an SSD to replace the main drive, rather than go for 8Gb of RAM, but I think I’ve probably made the correct decision. Given my hobby topic of virtualisation, I take the view that you can never have too much memory.  

It was also a decision made easier by the price differential between 8Gb of RAM compared to a decent size SSD.  In the 18 months since Keith Comb tested the first 4Gb SO-DIMMS they have plummeted in price, at just under £100 per 4Gb, they are around a fifth of the price when launched.

So if you ever wondered if a HP 6910p can handle 8Gb, now you know.

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Personally I think SSD's are a great investment - my Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz has a Windows Experience Index of 5.0, it's very quick to boot and extremely responsive. My SSD powered server is even more amazing - sometimes I wonder if 'copy' actually worked because there is no progress dialog.
Left by Ian on Jun 01, 2010 9:29 AM

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Ian,

I would love to have bought an SSD at the same time, but I could only really justify the expense for either memory *or* an SSD. For me the memory made more sense if I'm running virtual machines regularly and regularly running out of memory with Visual Studio.

Maybe in six months time. Maybe.
Left by Liam Westley on Jun 01, 2010 9:36 AM

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thanx for all :)

دليل
Left by توبيكات on Jun 03, 2010 3:50 PM

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Hi! do you think this would work on a HP pavaillon dv9000?

Thanks
Left by peter on Jun 18, 2010 7:36 AM

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@peter

I'm not sure, it is dependent on chipset. I just ran the CPU-Z utility (http://www.cpuid.com/) and on the Mainboard tab the chipset is listed as Intel PM965 and the Southbridge is listed as Intel 82801HBM (ICH8-M).

It is this Intel chipset that enables the 4Gb SO-DIMM support, and certainly earlier version of Intel mobile chipsets had a 2Gb SO-DIMM limit.
Left by Liam Westley on Jun 19, 2010 7:57 AM

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guys, great to see this thread! ive just been looking on the HP site at the quick facts sheet for this laptop and like you said, at the time it only supported 4GB. just one question, did you make any changes (bios maybe) after installing the 8GB? or was it just a quick swap out?
Left by Nisit on Jul 07, 2010 2:14 AM

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i have lenovo y550 and i am looking forward to increase the amount of ram which is currently 4 gb.
Left by pansiyon on Jul 31, 2010 8:07 PM

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Liam, do you still have the part number for the memory modules that you installed? Thanks for the post.
Left by les304usa on Nov 18, 2010 4:38 AM

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@les304usa - The memory was Corsair 4GB 6400 800MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM Notebook Module, part number VS4GSDS800D2.

Thanks

Liam
Left by Liam Westley on Nov 23, 2010 7:51 PM

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My HP 6910p is 32bit. would the upgrade to 8G RAM still work?
Left by Eric on Jun 19, 2011 11:20 PM

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@Eric

No - although you could increase the RAM to 8Gb the 32-bit operating system (I'm guessing Windows) will only see 3 or 3.5Gb.
Left by Liam Westley on Jun 20, 2011 12:30 AM

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Hello There, Please can you confirm for me which BIOS version your running on your laptop as I've tried it on mine and unfortunately it's not working.

Thanks in advance, SB
Left by Scotty Boy on Sep 30, 2011 3:02 AM

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@SB

From the HP Support Assistant,

68MCD Ver F.13
Left by Liam Westley on Oct 02, 2011 8:18 AM

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hello, i know this is a old topic. this is great and you have my thanks. i have one question...where did you put the second memory ? i know about one place for memory but is it another place allsow ? sorry for my bad english.
best regards
Brian
Left by brian on Feb 24, 2012 9:02 AM

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I have a HP Compaq 6910p and there is only 1 ram slot accessible from the bottom. Is there one more on the inside? I would love to upgrade to 8G Ram but not with only 1 slot. Is this a 32bit version or something?
Left by Chad on May 04, 2012 3:34 PM

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crucial 4GB 200 PIN DDR2 SODIMM 512Mx64 PC2-6400 HALOGEN 132461 CT51264AC800
two pieces installed 2013-01-14 about 13:00 Greenwich
in Finland, Oulu.
Writing using this module * 2, 8GB RAM, Window 8 Pro 64
Left by Veli-Pekka Nousiainen on Jan 14, 2013 1:20 AM

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HP Compaq 6910p, Product RH244AV, Serial HUB7520F19,
System Memory: 8GB
Mem slot 1: 4GB DDR2/SODIMM Micron Technology 800MHz
Mem slot 2: 4GB DDR2/SODIMM Micron Technology 800MHz

System board: 30BE KBC Version 68.36
System BIOS: 68MCU Ver. F.19

Installed at 2013-01-14 about 13:00 Greenwich time
2*4GB=8GB - WORKING GREAT on Win 8 Pro 64 EN-US (+FI)
the following RAM:

crucial
4GB
4GB 200 PIN DDR2
SODIMM 512Mx64
PC2-6400 HALOGEN
<barcode>
6 49528 74397 8
132461
CT51264AC800

crucial.com/support
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Left by Veli-Pekka Nousiainen on Jan 14, 2013 1:40 AM

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Bios F.19 CPU iNTEL T9500 2.6 Ghz 6MB cache.
Next week I buy Corsair 2x4GB 6400 800MHz DDR2 SO-DIMM so i'm running 8GB RAM.
I hope that wil work also one mSATA SSD ,HP 6910p have one socket inside free ... ;)
Left by Alexandru on Jun 12, 2013 7:52 AM

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For those who have asked, one slot is accessed by removing a panel on the bottom of the laptop, the other is underneath the keyboard.

If you Google for 'hp 6910p service and maintenance guide' there is a Acrobat PDF that details all the removal procedures.
Left by Liam on Jun 12, 2013 6:24 PM

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Did someone tried the msata ssd? Pls provide some feedback
Left by George on Aug 27, 2013 7:57 AM

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Did anyone tried the msata for 6910p ?
Left by George on Aug 27, 2013 8:23 AM

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Thanks bro, I use my hp 6910 as htpc, and with your help , now running with 8gb ram , plus ssd, with external hdd for media storage. It was indeed bit troublesome to get the ddr2 module of 4 gb, but somehow, got it from Nehru Place in Delhi, :D .., Now planning to get a second hhd in place of the optic drive.
Left by Dr.Vaisakh on Oct 01, 2013 7:18 PM

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hey guys!im 18 and I just got this laptop I love it. its great! when I got it it only had 1gb of ram, I just orderd 4gb, I have the 32 bit and im wondering if I can get 8gb of ram, im a gamer.
Left by tyrelle on Oct 03, 2013 3:37 AM

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@tyrelle - if you've only got a 32 bit O/S there's no point going above 4Gb of RAM - it just won't see it.

Note: there are hacks to get more memory, editing boot.ini but it really is easier just to install 64 bit
Left by Liam Westley on Oct 03, 2013 9:04 AM

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I had a friend upgraded my 6910p to Win7 64bit and now it seems my 6910p will NOT boot up when I have any memory in the main memory slot behind the memory panel. It will ONLY let me boot if I have ONLY memory in the slot under the keyboard, and NOTHING in the main memory slot? What's going on?? (He claims I have the correct Bios loaded and it is set correctly?)

I have tried 1gb sticks in both slots and NOTHING boots. I have swapped every combination using the main memory slot and it just won't boot when using that slot. If I leave it empty, The 6910p runs just fine , but max memory is only 2gb under the Keyboard. (I had it running ONCE with the 2 + 2 gb in each slot and it run Fantastic!!!! I rebooted it and it has NEVER rebooted again with any memory in main slot panel, I guess it was a fluke....?)

Boy, I really wish I could get 2gb and 2gb running again without having to get a new motherboard or whatever.....(just too much work any money)

What has gone wrong...

Help ......Anyone......???
Left by D. McD. on Dec 04, 2013 8:32 AM

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The URL you posted to overclock.co.uk seems to point to DDR2 SO-DIMM ? Did this work well ?
I have an old HP 6910p as well, and am having trouble finding DDR SO-DIMM
Left by Andreas L on Jun 11, 2014 8:36 PM

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@Andreas

It is indeed DDR2 SO-DIMMs that are required, and if you look for the specific Corsair part number (VS4GSDS800D2) they are available on Amazon.com for just over $200.

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-2x4GB-Laptop-Memory-VS8GSDSKIT800D2/dp/B001V738V4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1402567052&sr=8-2&keywords=VS4GSDS800D2

Thanks

Liam
Left by Liam Westley on Jun 11, 2014 9:59 PM

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Hi all!
I have had a Compaq 6910p for time sometime, it was my old man computer a few years back. I came across this post and was inspired to upgrade my computer and use it for work
I replaced the CPU for a 2.5 intel duo T9300 and it runs smoothly
I also replaced the hard drive with an SSD (I went cheap) for the intel X-25 160gb

Now for the part i cant solve -
I have had some DDR2 4gb modules laying around and decided to plop them in and the memory check of the bios works fine everything boots up, but for some reason the video card doesn't work and it defaults the generic display driver
in the device manager i get a code 43 (something went wrong with the device)
The RAM Sticks are 2 4gb Komputerbay PC25300/5400 667Mhz non ecc unbuffered

Anyone have any suggestions on how to solve this?
Left by Alec on Nov 22, 2014 12:38 PM

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