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I was reading that the amount of memory accessible can vary according to licensing agreements. Is this why laptop PC's that only have 2 slots for memory are spec'd at a max of 8GB (pre-loaded with Windows 7, but not the Ultimate version for unlimited memory)?
I'm thinking that anything over 8GB (upgrading to 10-16) would be fine for my future needs and I should be able to achieve that with 2+8, 4+8 or 2x8, yet nearly all laptops except workstations with 4 slots are spec'd to only 8GB max. Do I really need a mobile workstation to get 4 slots, or can I go with a 2 slot laptop and simply use Professional version of Windows
I've spoken with multiple laptop OEM vendors, technical depts, memory vendors, etc. and no one has been able to explain to me what is keeping a 2 slot laptop spec'd to only 8GB Max memory. I've asked if it is mobo dependent, cpu dependent, software dependent, etc. ... noboby has been able to give me a clue other than to say, "The spec sheet says"
Realistically, Windows 7 64-bit Home editions are limited (because of licensing issues, not physical limitations) to 16GB of RAM and the Professional and Ultimate editions can rock up to 192GB of RAM.
So, is anybody running MORE THAN 8GB memory in a laptop with only 2 memory slots. Ideally, I'm wanting to use fast (2540M, 2620M, 2640M, etc.) 35W (heat/battery) cpu (2 cores I know) with 12-16 GB Ram ... but I can't find anything that is spec'd to allow for MORE THAN 8GB unless it has 4 slots AND is a Quad.
Edited on Feb 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM · View previous versions