Qnap RAM Memory Upgrade

I’ve had a Qnap TS 469L for a while now, the standard 1GB physical RAM has always hovered around 80% used with a 400-500Mb Swap file in use, in order to try and speed up the responsiveness of the unit I looked into upgrading the RAM from 1GB to 3GB for the claimed 48% improvement in speed.

Qnap TS-469L Cover removed

Qnap TS-469L Cover removed

The best price I could find for official Qnap ram was £89. this was a bit expensive for me so I looked into alternatives.  Kingston 2GB DDR3 KVR1333D3S8S9/2G appeared to have  worked so I purchased a stick from eBay

The upgrade is really easy to do, just remove 3 screws, slide the cover off, pop in the new ram into the slot and turn it on. http://www.qnap.com/index.php?sn=4605 On powering up with the Kingston RAM installed all I got was the HDD lights flashing slowly red, I removed the Kingston RAM and lucky no damage had been done and every thing power back up fine.

After a bit of digging on Google if found a blog by Cyconet who had also experienced problems with the kingston RAM it turns out there are 2 different designs of ram it seems essentially that the module has a 8-chip design. The Kingston module has only 8 memory chips, but the design is a 16 chip chip both using the same part number and only the 8 chip version works with the Qnap NAS, so I ordered a Samsung M471B5773DH0-CH9

M471B5773DH0-CH9

Top – Kingston 2GB DDR3 KVR1333D3S8S9/2G Bottom – Samsung 2GB DDR3 M471B5773DH0-CH9

Once fitted the Samsung M471B5773DH0-CH9 worked perfectly, with a noticeable speed increase.

Ram after upgrade

Springer Spaniel Puppy our New Addition

I’d like to introduce the new addition to the family ‘Bo’

Bo - 9 Weeks old Springer Spaniel

Bo – 9 Weeks old Springer Spaniel

It’s been a while since I posted mainly due to my hands been full with her.

Bo - 14 Weeks old

Bo – 14 Weeks old

She’s a springer spaniel from BreezeLeaf Kennels

Bo - 14 Weeks old - Springer Spaniel Puppy

Bo – 14 Weeks old – Springer Spaniel Puppy

Bo - 14 Weeks old - Springer Spaniel Puppy

Bo – 14 Weeks old – Springer Spaniel Puppy

France and Switzerland Trip

We have just come back from a very last minute trip out to France to paddle with friends and then off for some sightseeing in Switzerland.

We booked our ferry on Tuesday evening and on Friday afternoon Lou picked me up from work, and in just over an hour we were on the ferry. Our first destination was midway between Lyon and Geneva a small French village called Sault Brenaz, where we spent 4 days kayaking at Isle de la Serre, with friends from Whitewater Action Medway (WAM). Then down to St Pierre du Beouf for another day kayaking at a different location.


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After our day at St Pierre de Beouf we headed cross country towards Switzerland, as we drove over the corner of the alps we were treated to a fantastic lightning show, fortunately the rain held off until we had parked up for the night.

The following day we continued our drive visiting and taking in the sights as we drove around the south side of Lake Geneva finally ending in Montreux. we spent a couple of days in the area visiting the sights, taking a tram ride up into the mountains and a boat ride around Lake Geneva.

One of the final things we wanted to do was visit the Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc, Gruyère, this comprised of a tour on the history of chocolate and Caller, then you were able to view a production line making chocolates and finally the chance to taste every chocolate they make on site (Lou’s favorite part).

One last thing we managed to squeeze in, was a boat ride along the River Doubs to see the 27 meter high waterfall Saut du Doubs and the fantastic scenery of the Swiss and French borders before setting off on our dive home.