If you just want to jump straight to a 2GB stick of RAM that is compatible with the HP Mini 210, click here. If you’d like to read about how I eventually found this stick after a number of mis-fires, read on!
Two weeks ago I picked up an HP Mini 210-2001sa from Argos during their technology sale. It came with a gig of RAM which I was keen to upgrade to the system’s maximum 2GB as soon as possible, so on the way home I stopped by my local IT shop and picked up a stick of 2GB DDR3 RAM from Kingston.
I got home and installed the RAM only to find that the netbook now refused to boot up. All I got was a black screen. Amazed that I had been unlucky enough to pick an incompatible stick of RAM, I went back into town to get a different brand. The shop didn’t have any other brands at that specification so I found myself driving to PC World in Aintree.
PC World had an alternative stick from PNY, which I took to the counter and asked them to check in the netbook before I bought it. The assistant seemed to think I was having a laugh when I told her that some sticks weren’t compatible with different machines, until a colleague of hers confirmed my claim and installed the memory for me. The machine booted up fine and device properties reported 2GB of system RAM – great! However, when I tried shut the machine down I discovered another problem – Windows would power down but the power light stayed on and the machine refused to turn off. I had to turn it off by holding the power button. I restarted the machine and tried again – nope, it wouldn’t turn off.
I took out the memory and retried the original stick and the machine returned to normal. The assistant informed me that they didn’t have any other brands and that maybe my netbook was faulty. I didn’t really believe it was faulty because if it was then it wouldn’t work so perfectly with this original stick. I made my way home.
I got home and after a quick Google search found Orca Logic, a memory specialist from Surrey. I phoned them up and explained the trouble I’d had with the netbook and they knew straight away what was wrong. Apparently this netbook (and its Compaq cousins) are incredibly fussy and only accept single bank RAM at very specific speeds. They sent me a 2GB Transcend stick which arrived this morning and thankfully worked perfectly first time.