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    Has anyone attempted to upgrade their Surface by soldering an 8GB Ram onto it instead of having 4?

    I would like to know if this would be possible or if anyone has done it and succeeded
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    Just thinking the soldering on the Ram would probably be so small and the ram so hard to ind the right size that I doubt it it possible unless you have robot hands
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    ifixit did a surface teardown when it first came out - think they said it was almost impossible to repair or upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinmc78 View Post
    ifixit did a surface teardown when it first came out - think they said it was almost impossible to repair or upgrade.
    BUT, people have repaired and upgraded them successfully...and also unsuccessfully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vertigoOne View Post
    BUT, people have repaired and upgraded them successfully...and also unsuccessfully.
    Indeed. Guess its just down to how confident you are - the set of instructions you're following - and if you're prepared to void the warranty on an expensive piece of tech.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinmc78 View Post
    Indeed. Guess its just down to how confident you are - the set of instructions you're following - and if you're prepared to void the warranty on an expensive piece of tech.
    If this was an Apple product their would be 100 different companies offering to do it for you.. Damn mainstream
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    It depends on your system's capacity
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    The red boxes are the RAM chips, soldered directly to the mainboard:

    Even if you were to find chips that would work, had the skills/tools/patience to get the device apart far enough to do it, and had the skills and equipment to de-solder the old chips and re-solder the new chips, I don't know how one would find out whether the device would support them. It probably is too much risk for the reward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lce123 View Post
    If this was an Apple product their would be 100 different companies offering to do it for you.. Damn mainstream
    Name just one of the "100 different companies" that upgrades iPad or MacBook Air memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gangolfus View Post
    Name just one of the "100 different companies" that upgrades iPad or MacBook Air memory.
    Crucial Memory Upgrades for Macs - Apple Memory
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    They only upgrade Mac's with Slotted memory, not soldiered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talderon View Post
    They only upgrade Mac's with Slotted memory, not soldiered.
    I know lol I couldn't find one ><
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    I read somewhere test were done trying to swap out the hard drive. They did it but the surface never worked the same after. Mostly the touch screen wasn't as responsive.

    I wouldn't want to take the chance on a $990 machine just to boost the ram.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lce123 View Post
    I know lol I couldn't find one ><
    nobody offers RAM upgrades for any iOS device, maybe even Apple's newer laptops.

    People have done it in the old days of Windows Mobile (read, the Treo 700w's RAM upgrade, which was rendered moot by the 700wx)
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    The RT device is 32bit and therefore has a 4GB limit of memory that it can access. You need 64bit to access anything over 4GB in any PC.

    You can install more than 4GB on many 32bit PCs but the OS won't ever use more than 4GB.

    The surface Pro (64bit) could theoretically handle more if the motherboard / chipset supported it
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradbamford View Post
    The RT device is 32bit and therefore has a 4GB limit of memory that it can access. You need 64bit to access anything over 4GB in any PC.

    You can install more than 4GB on many 32bit PCs but the OS won't ever use more than 4GB.

    The surface Pro could theoretically handle more if the motherboard / chipset supported it
    Is surface pro 32bit or 64bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolqf View Post
    Is surface pro 32bit or 64bit?

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    The Pro has an Intel Core i5, which is 64-bit capable, so yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by xandros9 View Post
    The Pro has an Intel Core i5, which is 64-bit capable, so yes
    The cpu maybe capable but it is determined by the OS, as brad mentioned if the O/S is 32bit it will only detect 4 gb - unfortunately MS don't specify whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit Surface Pro - Microsoft Store
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechFreak1 View Post
    The cpu maybe capable but it is determined by the OS, as brad mentioned if the O/S is 32bit it will only detect 4 gb - unfortunately MS don't specify whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit Surface Pro - Microsoft Store
    It must be 64-bit else you actually only have like 3.4GB of RAM because that's all the 32-bit OS supports
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechFreak1 View Post
    The cpu maybe capable but it is determined by the OS, as brad mentioned if the O/S is 32bit it will only detect 4 gb - unfortunately MS don't specify whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit Surface Pro - Microsoft Store
    Anyone who does not know that Surface Pro runs the 64 bit version of Windows 8 Pro either does not own the device or lacks some pretty basic knowledge about every version of Windows since at least Vista. If you check the computer properties you will find it is clearly identified as a 64 bit OS just a few lines below the WEI score. This has also been well reported in various contexts since the product was announced last year. Of course this is a completely meaningless discussion though since the RAM is not user replaceable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechFreak1 View Post
    The cpu maybe capable but it is determined by the OS, as brad mentioned if the O/S is 32bit it will only detect 4 gb - unfortunately MS don't specify whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit Surface Pro - Microsoft Store
    I have a Pro 128, it came stock with Windows 8 Pro 64bit.
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    RAM is the biggest reason I'm waiting on Surface Pro 2. I hope the next gen Surface Pro has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dosto View Post
    RAM is the biggest reason I'm waiting on Surface Pro 2. I hope the next gen Surface Pro has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
    512GB and 16GB .... Come on, Dream big!
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