RAM for HP ColourLaser 5M

Posted on 2002-04-18
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
How much RAM can this printer take?

Should I use special RAM or are standard SIMMS OK?
Question by:alexgreen
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tskelly082598 earned 400 total points
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According to the link below:

"HP Color LaserJet 5M printer comes standard with 36Mb soldered on the motherboard and has three memory sockets. The printer has a postscript module installed into one of the three sockets leaving 2 sockets available for memory modules. Maximum memory is 76Mb. "


Further info:


"HP LaserJet [Color] 5/5M
System Upgrade Specifications:
Standard Memory : 20 MB; 36 MB (Removable)
Maximum Memory Expansion : 84/76 MB
Memory Expansion Slots: 4 slots
Memory added @ time: 1
Memory board sizes: 4MB, 8 MB, 16 MB; 32 MB

Upgrade Tips:
HP 5 Series LaserJet printer models 5; 5M main memory can be expanded up to a maximum of 84/ 76MB of the main printer memory; the printer has four memory expansion slots for main memory expansion.

NOTE: The maximum addressable memory may be listed incorrectly in the HP Color LaserJet 5/5M User's Manuals.
NOTE: The HP Color LaserJet 5 printer has 4 SIMM slots. One of the slots is used by a 16 MB SIMM (4 MB is built into the printer).
NOTE: The HP Color LaserJet 5M printer has 4 SIMM slots. One slot is taken up by the PostScript SIMM, and a 32 MB SIMM (4 MB is built into the printer) takes up the other.
Available SIMM slots may be used for language personality SIMMs (such as PostScript), or as additional memory SIMMs. However, the processor can only use a maximum of 84 MB of memory for the HP Color LaserJet 5 printer and 76 MB of memory for the HP Color LaserJet 5M printer. For this reason, adding memory beyond the maximum addressable amount is not recommended."


Expert Comment

ID: 6953645
I tried adding an 8MB SIMM from an old 486 PC to one of the slots in an HP color Laserjet 5M, and it was recognized as valid memory by the self test. I didn't have a 16MB SIMM handy to test. I am not familiar with the differences in the types of 16MB SIMMs, and whether different nanonsecond rated SIMMs will cause any problem in printing to advise you with any certainty, but trial and error should be sufficient to see if you can safely use "recycled" SIMMs from PC's.

Author Comment

ID: 6958326
Fantastic, Thanks


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