I received a free notebook from work and want to try and fix it up. It has defective memory, but this memory is actually built onto the logic board. It is a Gateway notebook with a Pentium M (Centrino) CPU and the intel 885GM Chipset.
Those are the specs of the machine I have. Everything else works great on this notebook. It's a shame this design flaw exists.
I know for a fact that it's not worth trying to get someone to remove the old RAM and replace it. But, can the RAM be removed and use the extra expansion slot instead?
The root question being, is the onboard ram seen as a socket or as simple "built-in"? If I remove the faulty chips, will it refuse to boot or will it accept the other ram stick? Or maybe I can somehow disable one chip at a time by some form of wiring to see which one is bad then just remove that single chip.
Shot in the dark.....
Btw, even if my idea doesn't work, I can always use the BadRAM patch for Linux to try and get this thing working with Ubuntu.