Most Notebooks you buy are gonna be that way... Laptop ram sucks that way. However, I didn't think that Compaq ram costs that much, and you can order the brand of ram from places like TigerDirect, and PC Connection, as well as online at places like egghead.com. I went to a computer store in Ft. Wayne Indiana, and they had Compaq ram in stock for my laptop, my laptop is a CompUsa. I bought 128 megs for 189 dollars, and sold my 32 stick that came with the pc for 40 dollars used, about 3 weeks after I bought my laptop.