Samsung N150 Ram Upgrade

June 17, 2010

in Samsung N150

The Samsung N150 comes with 1gb of RAM by default, if you want to swap it out for 2gb then this post should help you with the installation!

Is it Worth Upgrading the Samsung N150 Ram?

Generally forum members find that the 2gb upgrade makes a small, but not unwelcome difference.  I’m afraid you won’t find that installing the additional RAM will give a massive performance boost.

However if you like to have a lot of tabs open in your web browser, or want to run resource hungry applications then you might find the extra RAM will make a welcome difference.

Thanks to the low cost of the upgrade many netbook owners chose to go for it!

What RAM do I need for my N150?

Note: Just to confuse us, your N150 may take DDR3 or DDR2 RAM modules. There is a dual core Atom N550 N150 plus which takes DDR3 Ram, older N150 netbooks should take DDR2. Please check your existing RAM module before purchase – and feel free to report back which yours takes.

You need a standard stick of laptop 2GB DDR2 (or faster DDR3 – see note above) SODIMM 800MHz or 667MHz RAM.  Remember that you need a single stick of 2gb RAM for this upgrade!  The RAM speed won’t make a difference so don’t worry too much about this.

Buy an N150 Ram upgrade from Amazon:

Performing the N150 Upgrade

This video from nDevil contains footage of an N150 RAM upgrade, it also shows the model being taken apart – don’t worry you don’t need to do this to install RAM!

Installing the chip through the access hatch should not affect your warranty, but if this concerns you please seek official advise from Samsung. Warranties may differ from location to location.

Opening up your netbook will void your warranty!

Here’s the video:

Good luck with the upgrade and remember that if you have any doubts about how to install the RAM safely or what you need to buy then contact the official Samsung support centre.

You can get a RAM stick from Amazon: US or UK

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Tsan422 October 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I recently did a Crucial Memory 2gb Upgrade and it works great but I also bought my N150 at Best Buy and in there netbook the N150 they have what Samsung calls (Samsung fast Booting) incorporated into their netbook it is printed on the left-hand side and it also says N150 plus on it to me this is a blessing cause it make this particular netbook even faster than the regular one and with the upgrade works even better

Citrom December 29, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Regarding RAM speed. Can it be 800MHz or it must be 667MHz?
What would be impact on the netbook performance?

jesse kruger January 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

well I followed your advise and bought a “standard” stick of ddr2 sodimm 800mhz ram for my N150 net book… It does not fit thanks… thanks alot… Guess you need to be more specific in description of what exactly this netbook requires… I blame myself though for trusting your site and not referencing several before makeing my nonrefundable purchase. Cheers

jez January 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi, well I’m gutted if the site has lead you to buy the wrong thing. Let’s sort this out!

So my description says “standard stick of laptop 2GB DDR2 SODIMM 800MHz or 667MHz RAM”.

The key points here are inclusion of the words Laptop and SODIMM which should ensure you buy the smaller form factor module and not larger desktop RAM. The next thing to mention is that this model takes DDR2 RAM as you’d find that DDR3 and DDR won’t fit (the notches are in a different place). Check the pics on Wikipedia to see the difference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SO-DIMM.

Furthermore the article links to two example pieces of RAM that match this description.

Why didn’t the RAM fit (too big, wrong shape?)? What type of RAM did you buy? Is there a chance you were actually sent the wrong thing?

jez January 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

@Citrom It can be either 800MHz or 667MHz, it won’t impact performance as the chipset supports a max of 667. 800MHZ still works though.

jesse kruger January 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for the reply… I admit that I dont know enough about hardware/software lingo…. I purchased what I think is ddr2 ram 2gb on ebay and when it arrived it was the right dimensions but the pins did not line up correctly…really the spacing for the break (lack of a better term) in the pins was not in the right place… I should be able to resell the memory so no worries… Is there a specification that I am missing that might help me get the right piece… I apologize for being negative in my previous post I was frustrated and I appreciate your helpful site and curse my knowledge…

jesse kruger January 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Ok then…. The wikipedia link you gave me was very useful in educating me on the notch location of ddr2 and ddr3… I am sure now that the seller misrepresented the difference in his post or sent me the wrong thing. There’s ebay for ya… save a buck and deal with the grief. Again I appologise for jumping to conclusions and thank you again for your help and direction

jez January 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

No worries jesse, I have often thought something like this might happen sooner or later so I really want to make things as clear as possible.

Thanks for your response too :)

jesse kruger January 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Just wanted to give you an update… After closer review I have verified that my samsung n150 netbook takes ddr3 memory not ddr2… I learn something new every day

jez January 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

Thanks for reporting that back, after doing some googling it looks like others have ordered N150s advertised with DDR2 only to get machines with DDR3. Looking on the Samsung site I can only see a mention of DDR2.

I wondered if this might be an N150 Plus but even that is listed as DDR2 on the Samsung website.

I will add a warning to this article so at least we can warn others of this.

rodSD January 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

jesse,

i have the n150+ w/ the ddr3 ram as well. what did you ultimately end up w/ for the 2gb upgrade? i’m wanting to make sure i get the pin count and speed correct. thank you in advance.

Pete January 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

According to Samsung web pages:
If you have N150+ model with Atom N455 processor, then memory type is DDR3. N150 (without plus) with atom N450 processor memory is DDR2.

In case of N150+ buy 2GB DDR3 SODIMM memory module of 1066MHz, that should work (although it will operate at lower speed).

jez February 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Can you post a link please Pete?

As discussed above, I see the N150+ with DDR2 and a N450. See here.

1GB (DDR2 / 1GB x 1) System memory

It seems there are two versions out there.

Mich February 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi there,
I bought an N150+ / Atom N455 in France last month. In the seller specs, it was written 1Go DDR2 but when I opened the Netbook, there was a sticker mentioning DDR3 ONLY.

Gorka L. Martinez Mezo February 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I have a Samsung N150 I got as a present from Vodafone Spain. It includes a slot for a SIM card and has Vodafone software preloaded (F-Secure based antivirus and 3G software). Operating system is Windows 7 Starter. This is my first experience with a netbook and I wasn`t impressed: very slow and unresponsive. I did a web search and I was happy to see the RAM could be upgraded. I have bought memory from crucial several times and I have been pretty happy with them and their system scan program, so I gave it a try. However, the system scan only ID the system as a N150 family system and gave a wrong info on memory slots (4) and total memory. There are lots of N150 system listed in their database and I opted for a DDR2 2Gb stick. The stick in the system is Samsung made, but the data sticker has no info on it being either DDR2 or DDR3. I got the memory today and after installing it it has worked fine. By chance, I found this site and I`m glad to share my experience. With the new 2Gb stick the systems seems more responsible and Firefox 3.6 is actually usable. Office (trial version of Office 2010 preloaded) do actually work and overall experience is much improved. In fact, I`ll let it a try after having it stored for a couple months! :)

jez February 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for sharing Gorka :)

nani March 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

upto how much we upgrade the ram in samsung n150-jpogin

jez March 8, 2011 at 10:04 am

You can only replace the 1gb stick with a 2gb one! There is only one slot and those that have tried bigger RAM chips have reported they don’t work.

luis March 17, 2011 at 3:53 am

i bought some kingston 2gb ddr2 pc2-4200 533MHz ddr2 ram; to upgrade my samsung n150, but it wont boot with the new ram, is this ram not compatible with the netbook?

jez March 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

If it’s 2gb and fits it should be OK. Check with your supplier. It could be that the RAM is faulty – it does happen. You can look in the forum to see what other people have been buying.

Minas April 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hey there,
Did anyone try to install a faster than 800 mHz DDR3 ram (1333 actually) in a N150+?If yes, any feedbacks? Cheers

Jay April 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Interestingly, Samsung Support advised me that “the motherboard
accepts only 1 GB of RAM which is the maximum ram”.

jez April 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

That is interesting, there are definitely many people who have upgraded to 2gb!

SammyWithMayoExtraSung September 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Message to Gorka L. Martinez Mezo: And everyone else.

I read what you said about being disappointing with the N150.

I’d like to share my experience with this Machine (N150 Plus) with everyone and tips to make it really fast.

So I was really broke and I needed something, ANYTHING, to get online and possibly run all the resource heavy programs I use that were on my previous machine before it went out, I had a HP Pavillion DV6000 Special Edition all white. So my budget was under $300 and I was already set on getting a Netbook because that’s all I could afford.

I decided to go to Bestbuy because it’s right down the Street and the only place to get something decent other than online which I didn’t want to because of the wait time. So I went over to the Netbook/Laptop section, fairly large, they had Netbooks from 200 up to 600 dollars. I had my eye on this one due to the price cut from around $350 to around $280, amazing, the ability to do a Ram Upgrade really caught my eye also, and the back was in Red and the rest is Matte black, really sweet looking.

So I get someone and ask about it, I tell them i’m really looking for a Netbook in this price range that I could run some programs on and won’t be slow as a slug. She says “well, with this particular model any programs are pretty much out of the question, what did you have in mind?” I said i’d really like to run Photoshop, Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, video game HD-PVR to record, Adobe Flash etc..

She laughed and said none of them would even load the Start up screen right due to something, the processor maybe, i can’t remember. Now I’m not even close to new with computers, I build them, do security work, tons of different things, edit gaming videos, videos…etc etc.. So i’m thinking, she’s bullshitting me just so i’ll spend more money, so I end up getting it anyways after playing with it a little.

Withing a few weeks I have EVERY SINGLE Program on this that I mentioned above, every one of them working and not taking longer than 20-40 seconds to load if that. These are the best applications on the market for there tasks, extremely resource heavy, yet my Netbook does EVERYTHING I ever did with my last Laptop EXCEPT Gaming, it doesn’t due that. I have a 24′ Flat Screen, Mouse, Keyboard all hooked into it and I use it like a Desktop PC. I haven’t even upgraded the Ram yet which is why I came here because I would like to see the difference it makes.

Now, for Tips on improving your Performance. I gave up ALL of the looks on here, there is a Performance mode you can put it into and it makes it scream, you will only sacrifice how well the start menu color looks and the colors of windows and stuff. It basically just takes the resource heavy win7 theme away. This makes a MASSIVE difference, I also went into the Power Options and put it in High Performance mode, taking the screen brightness down and customizing some other things to suite your needs which is really easy.

After that there should be no complaints, I will definitely be buying a Samsung again after this experience, I was blown away that this little Netbook ran all of today’s hottest programs.

Here’s another tip, every time I restart or turn it on, I ctrl alt delete and shit down about 10 things that don’t even get used and just take up memory and speed. Try it out, it really helps.

Don’t give up on it, there are always things to do to make it faster, you just have to sacrifice some things, looks don’t always matter!

abdul monam January 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

I have Samsung N150 so i have windows 7 speed of system are so low i have ram 1 mb tell me i increase size of ram from 1 to 2 mb or i install windows xp on it so we i installed windows XP i need all drivers to reinstalled kindly help me on this matter

Ben Mosquera March 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks for instructions for upgrading to 2gb ram DDR2, I did this upgrade on N150 Plus the system recognizes 2GB ram but (right click on my computer) mentions 2GB and only 1 GB is available for use.
Is there any additional step I have missed?
I followed video step by step exchanging the ram; or this ram is defective?
Thanks for yr answer

jez April 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Strange, sounds like the chip is only 1gb – perhaps they’ve sent you the wrong size?

Gerry May 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

A N150 note book and windows 7 is the worse combination possible. I’ve binned mine.

Brigs August 15, 2012 at 3:12 am

can i upgrade my Samsung N150 plus – atom n450 1 gb ram into 4gb ram?

Mac August 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

N150 plus
model code NP-N150-JP01NL
This model uses ddr2 ram and the upgrade makes a noticeable improvement in speed. Worth doing.

alon August 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm

hii i have Samsung N150 and i I want to add memory to your computer.
Question of what memory and is it possible to add another card in addition to the existing memory card?

thank you
alon

Iain February 1, 2014 at 7:37 am

Just to through you a little I have a ‘N150 plus’ bought from PCWorld in the UK and it has a DDR2

jonathan alejos February 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

Hi,i have n150 plus samsung netbook with win7 starter.i tried to install or change its os to win xp but when i insert the os it comes with bsod & kip on restarting.i hope u can help me about this matter.thnx

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