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What Type Of Memory For Hp Desktop?


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#1 lizardtracks

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 01:27 PM

Hi!

Running all of Adobe's applications at once on my HP Media Center PC sends it into apoplexy! It came with one 1G, so I plan to purchase 1 additional G from newegg.com and hope that'll fix it.

My problem is that there are many options available, and I'm not sure what type of memory I need. I'm looking on this page: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.as...=Desktop-Memory

Please help!

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:32 PM

go to www.crucial.com and run the online scanner (if using Vista, be sure to run the vista scanner) - it will tell you exactly what type you need.

Are you using 2 x 512gb or 1 x 1gb ram?

ps you don't need to buy from them, all you need is the 'type' of ram you have installed to allow you to choose the correct type for your machine.

You also want to consider how many slots you have avilable, heres why..

If you have 2 x 512kb and only 2 slots, you can either buy 2 x 1gb ram (expensive) or run with a single module of 1 x 1gb ram
The ram industry have this principle in design of pairing ram sticks - hence 2 x 512kb or 2 x 1gb ram sticks.

if you find the correct ram type and need further advice update this post

good luck

Edited by webwizard, 26 November 2007 - 02:37 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:35 PM

lizardtracks, i have provided this information based on your assumption that you do actually require more ram. I can see why you think that, adobe is pretty graphic intensive by nature (as are most media graphics applications)

have you had this illness of apoplexy for a long time or is it a new phenomenon ? - could be some other issue at play here. I say this to help you consider the *exact* issue before you spend a fortune on ram..

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 07:20 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I suppose I'll have to open up the PC to determine how many slots? Or maybe I can just Google? My computer has always freaked out when Both Illustrator and Photoshop are open, and if I have InDesign open as well--it really can't take it. It hasn't been a progressive problem, just a consistent one. Thanks again :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 07:40 PM

Hi again,

I found the info online. My computer (hp Presario a1240n) has 1G (2 x 512) installed, and has 2 slots left available. It supports a speed of PC2-3200 MB/sec and needs a 240 pin, DDR2 SDRAM. I found one at newegg.com that has the following specifications: Crucial 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory - OEM, DDR2 667 (PC2 5300), Cas Latency 5.

I noticed the PC2 is 5300 instead of 3200. Does that matter? Thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 08:56 PM

The 5300 is a faster module than the 3200, if you combine the two the speed that will be recognized will be that of the slower module, in this case the 3200.

Another consideration that should be addressed is dual channel, if you add more RAM you will want to add modules with the exact same specs and add them in pairs.

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 09:41 PM

Gotcha. Thanks!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 09:44 PM

presario or a pavilion??


Pavilion a1240n Series Desktop/PC.

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp...a1240n%20Series

without an everest report to verify the cas setting of your installed ram I would go with crucial reccomendation

they specify cas 4 so I would buy from them

it's only 50$ for 2 1 gig sticks
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29$ for 2 512's

adobe cs3 master suite is a bear, using a gig minimum with several components

compared to the cost of the programs the ram is cheap

till you get a faster computer
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Posted 30 November 2007 - 10:18 PM

Thanks, Chewy :thumbsup: I just ordered the 2 515's from Crucial.

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 11:39 PM

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...587&lang=en

looking at those specs I can see where the shared video memory and probably a lot of crap running from the media center edition of xp home might not leave enough ram for adobe, a dual core cpu would have helped for multitasking

make sure you have updated the vid drivers also

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwar...0587&dlc=en

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 12:09 AM

Thanks, Chewy. I didn't know about the driver update :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 12:23 AM

your are welcome, good luck with the adobe, believe it or not, I gave up on it long ago and far away, too complicated

not enough patience
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