Well, the long dark saga of gerryf's laptop memory upgrade travails has come to a successful conclusion.
I was never able to find a supplier of apacer memory on the internet or locally, and after multiple brands of pc3200 had all but given up.
Tried Crucial, Corsair, Kingston, Adata, Patriot, Pny, and Centon (the last two under GREAT protest--I have never had a good experience with Centon and Pny has been limited).
I got lucky, actually, when I hit a local PC store for some old pc133 ram for an old computer I was refurbing for an elderly woman down the street. The guy had a couple of 512mb AllComponent ram marked pc3200 with no added info....he didn't know the timings, or voltage.
What the heck, so I popped the keyboard out in the car dropped the ram in and was stunned to see it boot up! Not only did it boot, it ran 20+passes on memtest86+ all night without a failure.
Here are the specs for those who care:
For those who come after:
Part Number :MALABS
Serial Number :Unspecified
Type :DDR-SDRAM PC3200 (200 MHz)
Size :512 MB (1 rows, 4 banks)
Module Buffered :No
Module Registered :No
Error Correction Capability :No
Max. Burst Length :8
Refresh :Reduced (.5x)7.8 µs, Self Refresh
Voltage :SSTL 2.5v
Supported Frequencies :133 MHz, 166 MHz, 200 MHz
CAS Latency (tCL) :2 clocks @133 MHz, 2.5 clocks @166 MHz, 3 clocks @200 MHz
RAS to CAS (tRCD) :2 clocks @133 MHz, 3 clocks @166 MHz, 3 clocks @200 MHz
RAS Precharge (tRP) :2 clocks @133 MHz, 3 clocks @166 MHz, 3 clocks @200 MHz
Cycle Time (tRAS) :6 clocks @133 MHz, 7 clocks @166 MHz, 8 clocks @200 MHz
I was next going to try www.oempcworld.com
, which claims to have available pc3200 that will work in the d500p, which is the Clevo name for the Sager 5680...for what it is worth, Sager also sells some ram in their accessories section for $80 that I completely missed the first time through.
I paid $56 each for the AllComponent, but the time and frustration of finding the ram, not to mention the cost of shipping or driving all the non-compatible ram back probably puts the end cost of each stick closer to $65.