Inspiron 11 3000 Series (3137) 8gb RAM?

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Inspiron 11 3000 Series (3137) 8gb RAM?

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I'm looking to upgrade the ram on the newly released inspiron 11 3137. The laptop has one dimm slot that is also user accessible. It is currently only shipping with 2gb of ram. I realize the manual states it can support up to 4gb of ram, but has anyone tried adding a single 8gb stick?


It comes with win8 64 bit, and packs a recently released 4th gen haswell celeron. I'm thinking it may support an 8gb stick, but don't want to order without confirmation that someone has gotten it to work.

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  • Just to update, the system does in fact work with a single 8 gb stick of ram. I used low-voltage, 1.35v stick and it was recognized immediately, no issues.

  • I had some concerns myself about the steps to upgrade, so I've recorded on Youtube how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAvdrzNh1jA

  • DDR3L is 1.35V. Not 1.15.  He has the right voltage.

    MIJCAR, just reading your description as to the 8GB Crucial you bought, 8GB DDR3-1600 1.35V DR x 8 ECC SODIMM 204p.  You need NON-ECC memory for the 3137 (and for most computers other than servers for that matter).  But I'm confused because you said the 8GB worked, not the 16GB. Did you mean to say you bought a Crucial 16GB, and that isn't working?    But regardless, you need NON-ECC RAM. That may be the problem because all the other specs look correct.

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      Inspiron 11 3137 with Pentium 3556U, upgrade to 8GB G.SKILL RAM & 128GB Transcend SSD

  • As you and some others noticed, I had clicked on the wrong item in my shopping basket. What I wanted (and what arrived today) was Crucial 8GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Notebook Memory (CT102464BF160B). Definitely non-ECC. Crucial was cool and allowed me the return without hassle; and now my notebook is running sweet. Now, if only I could get a CHEAP, reliable 256G Solid State or hybrid drive. It seems to me that Dell is missing the boat on this one. This little computer is the definite take-with-me on trips and to the classroom. And I would have gladly paid extra for the extra gig of memory and a higher-end drive. This computer has two good consumer groups to aim at: low-end users desperate for a reliable cheap computer; and middle-of-the-line users who want the speed and multitasking for travel and conference work, and don't want to pay out the nose for the big guns. Best wishes to all, Michael
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  • Hi visualgrey,

    Dell has tried and tested Inspiron 3137 system with maximum 4 GB memory.

    It is shipped with 1600 MHz DDR3L memory. The system has only one memory (RAM) slot, which is accessible by removing the bottom base cover. The system supports two memory configurations:

    • 2 GB
    • 4 GB

    Hope this helps. Feel free to reply for any further information.

    Thanks & Regards
    Amit V
    #iworkfordell
    To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USAIndia. For helpful Dell Support Videos, you may click Here.

  • Just to update, the system does in fact work with a single 8 gb stick of ram. I used low-voltage, 1.35v stick and it was recognized immediately, no issues.

  • Hi visualgrey,

    Thank you for sharing the information. 

    Thanks & Regards
    Amit V
    #iworkfordell
    To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USAIndia. For helpful Dell Support Videos, you may click Here.

  • yes - I confirm, I used a 

    Crucial Single 8GB DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) Notebook Module, CT102464BF160B

    and it worked fine.

    Also replaced the drive with a SSD and it is really fast.

  •  

    Cool!

    How do you get the back off?  I pulled the 5 screws I see, it looks like there might be two more in the middle of the case with covers on the screws, but I havn't tried prying the plastic off yet.

     

    Also, what SSD did you end up putting in?  How did you re-install windows, with a startup disk?

     

    Thanks!

  • There are 2 round paper tape covering the screws in the middle of the case, just use your fingernails to remove the tape.

    Then use a plastic knife to remove the back cover off by working the edges from the back as shown in the manual, really easy.

    I put a PM830 samsung 512G SSD, saved c:\drivers onto a USB drive, re-installed Windows 8.1 and loaded the drivers by updating them in device manager using the usb drive:\drivers path.

    It now boots in less than 5 seconds!

  • I just got mine yesterday, still updating...  so far I like the size, but it needs a lit keyboard (I can survive without one), but having only 2 GB on RAM makes the damn thing so slow that its almost worthless.  Dell needs to up the stock RAM to 4 GB, and make 8GB an option.  Are you listening Dell?

     

     

  • Hi gjgardner,

    I thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Whether the feedback we receive is positive or negative, it remains a crucial tool for determining how we can best improve our products and services.

    There are many configurations and upgrade possible on any system like processor upgrade, system board upgrade, memory upgrade, video card upgrade, audio card upgrade etc. All the configurations are not tried and tested by Dell with the system.

    Few users tried 8 GB lower voltage memory which worked with the system.

    Feel free to reply for any further question.

    Thanks & Regards
    Amit V
    #iworkfordell
    To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USAIndia. For helpful Dell Support Videos, you may click Here.

  • Forcing the end user to crack open a brand new machine, which may void the warrenty, is bad business practice.  Are you suggesting that I should  buy a new Dell, and then expect to pay more out of pocket for after-market upgrades, before I have a usuable machine?

  • gjgardner

    Forcing the end user to crack open a brand new machine, which may void the warrenty, is bad business practice.  Are you suggesting that I should  buy a new Dell, and then expect to pay more out of pocket for after-market upgrades, before I have a usuable machine?

    He suggesting that if you want you can try to replace the RAM yourself.

    If it was so important to you, perhaps you should have been better research before purchase. Backseat drivers who open their big mouths always complaining.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • Great, now the yelling starts...  My point isn't that I am not willing to upgrade my 3-day old machine on my own, my point is that I shouldn't need to.  I did do my research, and I still chose to buy a $400 laptop, knowing that I would need to throw away the 2GB RAM, spend another $80 on 8GB RAM, and install it myself.

    Isn't a discussion forum the proper venue to open my big mouth and complain?  Maybe I should just open my windo and yell instead, or just send snipey posts...

  • gjgardner

    Great, now the yelling starts...  My point isn't that I am not willing to upgrade my 3-day old machine on my own, my point is that I shouldn't need to.  I did do my research, and I still chose to buy a $400 laptop, knowing that I would need to throw away the 2GB RAM, spend another $80 on 8GB RAM, and install it myself.

    Isn't a discussion forum the proper venue to open my big mouth and complain?  Maybe I should just open my windo and yell instead, or just send snipey posts...

    Opening your big mouth and complaining in this instance makes you look ridiculous, because you are the own who chose to buy the very laptop you are complaining about.

    If you had bought the right laptop with the right amount of RAM instead of keying on price you would have gotten what you needed. Again, your fault. Not Dell's.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • Complaining is a type of product feedback.  How do you know how big my mouth is anyway, is there a camera?  If Dell listens to complaining Dell product purchasors (otherwise known as "consumer feedback"), and then adapts the product accordingly,  I will have potentially made thousands of future Dell buyers just a little bit happier, and that makes me feel good about myself.  Is that so ridiculous?

  • gjgardner

    Complaining is a type of product feedback.  How do you know how big my mouth is anyway, is there a camera?  If Dell listens to complaining Dell product purchasors (otherwise known as "consumer feedback"), and then adapts the product accordingly,  I will have potentially made thousands of future Dell buyers just a little bit happier, and that makes me feel good about myself.  Is that so ridiculous?

    Dell listens to legitimate complaints. Yours isn't legitimate. You had no business trying to replace the RAM if you are not capable of understanding/reading the manual on how to do it.

    gjgardner

     I will have potentially made thousands of future Dell buyers just a little bit happier,

    ROTFL.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • I disagree, I'm well educated, well-traveled... fairly mechanically inclined. I understand computer basics, and can read a manual when one is provided. Where is the manual for my new dell? Could you please point out where it gives instructions on opening the case to upgrade the insufficient RAM? I must have accidently thrown it out...

     

    I use computers for the majority of my work, I've owned Dells in the past, but switched to Sony due to problems with Dell quality, now I'm moving away from Sony because of quality/durability/cost. Arguable I might actually be representative of at least a small part of Dell's target customer base! I think that any complaint/feedback I have to offer is legitimate. Now, if I was to say something like, "this machine is horrible, the inside of my head is purple", or maybe even "I don't like that the sticker on the shipping box is crooked, it might give the UPS man a headache", THAT would be illegitimate. Although the term "illegitimate" is probably not accurate. "Invalid" would be better, as in "your opinion on my feedback (complaining) is invalid given that the basis of my comment is based on a substandard product", see the difference?