Hurray !! My laptop is now having 1GB of ram.
Just before writing this, our IT-OPS guy made an attempt to get the laptop recognize 1G. Unfortunately the module he was carrying wasn’t recognized by the laptop.
Thought I’ll have to wait for another 4 weeks before he gets another compatible 1G module. Thankfully he had a compatible module with him and it took just 15 mins to get that and boot my laptop.
Now I can think of putting a VMWare instance and loading 10gR2 in it !