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#1 Joe_Brett

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:16 PM

Looking at some new Ram and i would just like to know how can i find out if it will work with my pc?

My machine is fairly old now and i am looking at some cheap ram around 12.99 GBP for 1GB!

it says Compatible with PC4300 DDR2 systems

:flowers: that stumped me...

Can anyone help :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:30 PM

Sorry about this...

reading other topics and i found a program which has shown my maximum capacity is 512mb...

time to upgrade the whole computer me thinks :thumbsup:

Still the question how can i make sure i buy some ram compatible with my pc as i will most likely buy online!
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:44 PM

We'll need a little more information, in order to help.
If this is a pre-built computer (Dell, Gateway, etc.), what's the make, and model?

If it's a custom built, what make, and model of the motherboard?
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 02:49 PM

I would also suggest, inaddition to tg1911 comments, try www.crucial.com and download and scan your memory (if vista, use the vista scan, for all others use the normal scan). They will tell you exactly what you have, the number of slot you got and provide you with options for pairing your ram inline with your system setup.
This scan is for info only, there is no need to purchase...

Edited by webwizard, 26 November 2007 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2007 - 03:14 PM

I used the crucial scan and found that SDRAM PC133 so i put it in the search bar on ebay and purchased...

512 MB 133Mhz SDRAM PC133 DIMM 133 512MB 168PIN

will this be ok?
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:43 PM

i would go with the crucial scan - its one of the rare trusting sites out there but until you know what the slots are and max ram for your system no one can answer if the ram you purchased is ok.

what are the results of the scan? (copy and paste into your post)

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:57 PM

IF your max capacity is 512mb and you orderd 512mb you just wasted your old ram chip. :thumbsup: What kind of PC are we talking about?
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:06 PM

We'll need a little more information, in order to help.
If this is a pre-built computer (Dell, Gateway, etc.), what's the make, and model?

If it's a custom built, what make, and model of the motherboard?



this post was the important one and should have been answered not ignored

even crucial screws up from time to time
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Posted 26 November 2007 - 07:19 PM

crucial may screw up from time to time - but is an additional troublehooting tool, is not the solution as i mentioned earlier - be nice chewy and read my post

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:58 PM

the ram question is extremely complicated and I have learned the hard way to try and have more information, not less,
in a subforum where i moderate I ended up leading a guy thru a bios upgrade after he followed my advise and bought crucial ballistix and his comcrap didn't like cas 2 ram. Several shops I know just go on the "plug and pray", that's a little sloppy.

actually everest, crucial and the mobo manufacturer information are all useful

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Edited by DaChew, 26 November 2007 - 09:00 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:37 AM

I have to agree with chewy about the importance of having enough information to be able to choose the module which will be comatible, especially with the old PC100 and PC133. Not all modules were created equal, there were motherboards that didn't like seeing dual sided modules, low density, high density,... Depending of the board they could be real picky.

Crucial's configurator is a great tool, if you recognize what it doesn't tell you. In most cases they will suggest one or more of their modules and guarantee that it is compatible which is great if you are going to purchase their modules, but you have to do some research to find the specs of the module if you wish to purchase a similar module elsewhere.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 07:30 AM

Just on a lark I did a crucial scan of my system the other day, here's what I have installed

Memory Bus 249.98 MHz

DIMM1: Micron Tech. 256 MB PC4000 DDR SDRAM (2.5-4-4-10 @ 250 MHz) (2.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
DIMM2: Micron Tech. 256 MB PC4000 DDR SDRAM (2.5-4-4-10 @ 250 MHz) (2.0-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)


their own ballistix modules, pretty much some of the best/fastest ram you could get when I built this computer

I tested this ram quite a bit at different settings and against 3 other sets of cas 2 running at 200/400/3200 speeds


the scan actually said my best was install 2 gigs of cas 3 pc3200 ram or even a single 1 gig stick

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.as...CC73749A5CA7304

latency on my present setup in command rate 1 has tested as low as 46ns


Now this is the only ram I could add without slowing my computer down

http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.as...035590EA5CA7304

Edited by DaChew, 27 November 2007 - 07:34 AM.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 01:45 PM

The Crucial scan showed me this:

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So will the one i have bought on Ebay be ok?

I hope so :thumbsup:

Edited by Joe_Brett, 02 December 2007 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 02:11 PM

I hate to tell you I told you so, but it looks like you needed 256 megs of cas 2 pc133, but without all the information requested
that's not even a good guess

That's why we call this plug and pray, I ordered 256 megs a year or 2 ago for a friend, it didn't work and I was lucky and had another computer that had 2 128's that we could swap with
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:50 PM

OoOoO bleep!

I paid 18 GBP for this aswell and its not going to work :thumbsup:

Could you recommend any?
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