View Full Version : OT: Looking for a stick of old laptop ram

01-28-2010, 09:36 PM
I have a couple of IBM Thinkpad 365XD laptops that I am renovating. I am switching them to WIN 98 with a ram drive and need to increase the ram to maximum. To do this I need at least one and preferably two pieces of 32mb SO-DIMM 144 pin EDO RAM. This ram was very common in many laptops from the 1990s from many manufacturers but has nearly vanished from the market. Restockit.com carries it in the US but will not ship to Canada. I have found another Canadian possible source but I thought I would ask here if anybody has a piece that they would like to trade for something useful.

01-28-2010, 09:39 PM
I can resend it from restockit if that will help.

01-28-2010, 09:53 PM
I thought that I had some here but after a trip to the shop storage, I dont see it. I must have traded it off for something.

If you choose to make a purchase, one of us can get it and toss it your way. wink wink, nudge nudge, know what I mean, know what I mean


01-28-2010, 10:16 PM
I may take you up on that Dennis if I can't either find one here to trade for or if that Canadian supplier doesn't work out. Thanks guys.

01-28-2010, 10:48 PM
Evan Have 4 of these with the label:
131422 EDO
2MX36-6 MOT
Void if removed

Can you use ? Do not know much about memory. Jim

Bill in Ky
01-28-2010, 10:52 PM
Try txmicro

01-29-2010, 12:40 AM

This is what I am looking for:


01-29-2010, 01:14 AM
Evan -

I volunteer at a local non-profit and rebuild computers for local kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to have one. This Saturday we're having an e-waste collection day. There are usually some laptops dropped off (and most look like they've been "pre-dropped"). I'll keep an eye out for them and see if I can find the memory you need.


tyrone shewlaces
01-29-2010, 01:23 AM

01-29-2010, 04:12 AM
I am well aware of that but it differentiates between regular 72 pin DIMM and 144 pin SO-DIMM which is laptop size.

01-30-2010, 09:48 PM
Evan -

It was really slow today at the e-waste drop off, not one laptop came in. I'll keep my eyes open and let you know if I find anything.


01-31-2010, 07:24 AM
I may have some, but i may have pitched it when I cleaned the basement elcetronics lab a few months ago. I will look for you when I get home from work.


01-31-2010, 07:35 AM
Thanks. I will await your reply.

01-31-2010, 12:51 PM
I have a stick of Hynix 512MB 2Rx16 PC-2-4200S-444-12
It is also marked HYMP564S64BP6-C4 AB 0638

Too big, but it came from a Dell laptop that I upgraded for a friend.

If someone can use it.

Steve Steven
01-31-2010, 02:53 PM
I have an old Dell Inspiron 3500 with memory that looks like what you showed in the photo. I don't know the size, not computer literate enough for that.

heres a link to some photos:


Be happy to send the computer to you or just the memory if you think you can use it. Comes with spare floppy drive module and CD drive, and charger (battery is dead), no charge.


01-31-2010, 02:57 PM
Thanks Steve but those are too big at 128 MB. The largest the Thinkpad will take is 32 MB. I don't need the computer but maybe somebody else can use it.

01-31-2010, 06:21 PM
Try these Evan, if for some reason they won't ship, let me know as they are close by.



02-01-2010, 01:56 AM
Sorry Evan, I looked through my memory pile and the only laptop stuff I found is a couple of 512MB PC2700's which are too big and too new for your purposes.

02-02-2010, 02:16 PM
Thanks. I will await your reply.

Well, I cant find it. I may have thrown it out, I had it in a drawer for more than 10 years... I cleaned them out last spring. There is a chance I put it somewhere else. I'll keep looking, but don't get your hopes up.


02-02-2010, 02:23 PM
I'll wait for a while. I talked to the "local" supplier here that has them listed but he doesn't have any in stock and doesn't know how long it might take to get some. He wants $28 each plus shipping which makes them a bit expensive. Thanks for looking everyone.

02-02-2010, 05:15 PM
Abandon the search. I found two sticks for $24 each plus reasonable shipping. I will be updating one of the identical machines to 8 gig ramdrive with 40 MB ram and Win 98 and will leave the other using a regular hard drive but otherwise the same. I am going to run some benchmarks and also see what the subjective feel is like and will report here when I do it. These machines will be perfect for data logging and I have some USB PCMCIA cards to give them full USB capability.

Incidentally, with careful configuration Win 98 can be made to boot fully functional in only 14 MB of ram. Add the fact that the swap file will be in ram disk and it should perform rather well. I will also be trying Linux.

02-02-2010, 06:25 PM
Evan, do you have a particular datalogging app in mind or is this just an open ended experiment about computers ?

Computers are neat tools and there are lots of old cheap/free computers out there. I just wish I had more time to play with them. Too many projects on my wish list, never enough time.......

02-03-2010, 08:05 AM
I want to track performance of my water conditioning system for pre heating my well water. I have a USB thermometer on the storage tank and the protocol for it is open source so it will be easy to write a small program to capture the data under Win 98. As for other uses, I also want one to act as a controller for full declination and hour angle control of my telescope mount. I already have the software for that. Both machines are network enabled, they run on 12 volts rather than 18 to 20 like most laptops and they don't draw much power. They have very nice TFT displays too. I don't know how it is done but the displays are flat black when off. They have very high contrast ratio.

02-12-2010, 06:26 PM
Evan: Was dragged to two Goodwill stores today. The large one in Winston Salem, NC had a cabinet with a large selection of memory sticks. Could not remember exactly what you desired. You might ask members here in the states and know memory chips to look in their local Goodwill store goodwill for the items you are looking. Was unable to PM you. JIm