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I have laptop that is running XP with 256 MB of RAM and Pentium(R) 4 - M CPU 1.80GHz

Is it possible for me to upgrade my laptop to 1 gig ram and a faster processor. Or do i need to upgrade processor?

If so, what steps do i need to take and who should i contact. And how much do these things cost
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Depends on weather the laptop can address 1 gig of RAM.  Please post the model number/brand and I can check it out for you. Basically though you can purchase RAM from a vendor that is compatible with your laptop
Depending on your level of hardware experiance you can fit it yourself. The expensive option is to take it to the main dealer (IBM, Acer, ASUS etc and have them upgrade it for you) That is more expensive though.  

As for the Processor that is very unlikly upgradeable.  Generally speaking if you need faster processor then it's new laptop time.  It may be possible but very rarely is and probably wouln't be cost effective even if it was. You would probably find other bottlenecks  in the system even if you upgraded the Processor - Disk I/O for example could be a bottleneck so faster processor is just waiting for the drive to ctach up etc.

Rob
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Compaq EVO N100c ,,,, series PP2140
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It can handle 1 Gig in the form of 2 * 512 meg modules.  Speed can be 266 or 333 and you can mix the two although it will default to the slowest of the two (faster is better :)

Couldn't find a viable processor upgrade and as said above other issues will be contributing to the laptops.  Personally I would stick 1 gig. That will make a huge difference to the performance.  with 256 meg XP will be paging to the Hard Disk frequently giving a below optimal experiance.  With a gig it should run alot better.

Rob

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is there a special 512 meg module that i need? like SDRAM, etc?
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