Review: Toshiba Satellite U305-S5097 13.3 inch Notebook PC
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 09/29/2007
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  • Umar

    Can somebody help me. What the pin of this laptop memory (RAM). And are desktop and laptop memory same

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    • Desktop and Laptop memory is NOT the same. Laptop memory is physically much smaller.

      When I bought my laptop I upgraded the memory. This is the memory that I bought: http://shop.kingston.com/partsinfo.asp?promo=PRCGRBR&ktcpartno=KTT667D2/1G It is really inexpensive right now $17 for a 1GB stick. When I bought it the price was $68 for a 1GB stick. Most likely you already have 2 512MB sticks and you will have to throw those away and replace them with 2 1GB sticks. The maximum memory this laptop can support is 2GB.

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  • George

    Toshiba laptops are definitely my personal favorite, especially the Satellite series, they rock. The sad thing is, after I bought the black one they came up with the colored versions. Sigh 🙂

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  • Rob

    For those of you who are OK with the factory installed Windows Vista, this comment is irrelevant. If you’re a Linux fan, I was only able to get Ubuntu 8.10 to work with the Atheros (Realtek) wireless chipset. There are two files on the Ubuntu 8.10 installation CD (linux-backports-modules-2.6.27-7-generic_2.6.27-7.4_i386.deb and linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic_2.6.27.7.11_i386.deb) that are not installed by default. You can also download the latest versions from the Ubuntu repositories. Once installed, disable the Ath_pci process. Wireless works OK after a reboot.

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  • Joe Nikens

    Can somebody help me if theres a way to upgrade the RAM of the Toshiba Satellite S5097 to 3 or 4 GB? It says here its upgradable to 4 while i couldnt upgrade to more than 2GB. I tried to upgrade the BIOS but it didnt work. Any idea?

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  • Joe Nikens

    Thanx Ryan, Mine had 2 512MB Dimms too and I upgraded to 2 1GB Dimms, it worked, but when I needed more RAM I tried using 2 2GB Dimms, didnt work, then 1GB Dimm with 2GB Dimm, the laptop didnt even reboot, even though I tried using different brands of Dimms, so the dealer advised me to update the BIOS and since that didnt work too, he said that the U305 Satellite5097 can’t be upgraded to more than 2GB RAM.
    Any suggestions?

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    • I seem to remember a problem similar to this with a desktop that I upgraded. When I put in 4GB it recognized only 2GB. I remember that there was a setting in the BIOS that I had to change to open up the last 2GB. I will check the BIOS on the Toshiba and see if anything stands out.
      Keep in mind also that unless you are using a 64bit OS you will never get the full 4GB.

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      • Randy Carpio

        You are definitely right, a 32-bit OS can support a maximum of 2GB of RAM only. A computer having a RAM more than 2GB needs to have a 64-bit OS, else, the RAM will be recognize as 2GB only. Considering the BIOS, this is independent with the OS installed. If it supports 4GB, then the BIOS should recognize the installed 4GB RAM, regardless of the installed OS.

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        • Theoretically a 32bit OS has enough address space to access a maximum of 4GB of memory. However, each piece of hardware that is in the system uses a bit of that address space. For example, say you have a graphics card with 512MB of video RAM built-in. That video card needs address space to access that memory, which means there is less address space for your system RAM. Here is a Microsoft Article that explains the whole situation (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605).

          However, you are correct about the BIOS, I was unable to find a setting in the Toshiba BIOS that would allow more than 2GB of RAM, so it is possible that Toshiba never thought anyone would need more than 2GB of RAM is a system like this.

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  • GIancarla

    I recently csme upon this problem when I tried to update my RAM from 1GB to 4GB using (2) 2GB sticks. The computer wouldn’t even begin to boot up the OS. We ended up putting in just (1) 2GB stick with (1) 512MB stick that it originally came in and fortunately, the system works. Maybe 2.5GB is the limit for RAM expansion. It really annoys me that they would label the machine to have a max RAM expansion of 4GB when in reality it can only handle 2.5GB. I wasted an entire 2GB stick.

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  • I just upgraded the hard drive on my Toshiba U305 laptop. You can read my review of the new drive here. It is a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and it has much more capacity and it is a lot faster than the original drive.

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  • Iqbal Leo

    Hi all,

    I want to downgrade this Toshiba U305-S509 to Win XP. Is it possible? Are the drivers supported by Toshiba? Where can i get the drives?

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    • This is not supported by Toshiba. You will need to find the drivers yourself. Google is your fiend for this kind of thing. Just write down all the parts from the device manager and search for the XP drivers.

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      • deeon

        Does it need special AHCI Driver if installing Windows XP?
        I have found such cases in installing Windows XP at Compaq Presario CQ-40 series.

        Thanks before

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  • Hey is it not installed with windows 7??….This looks good but i need win 7

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