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Help With Ram Upgrade

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#1 fstrx7


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Posted 23 March 2008 - 03:52 PM


I just purchased 2-2GB(2X1GB) Kits of Corsair [VS1GB8667D2] DDR2 RAM.
I installed it into my Dell Precision Workstation 470 (see below) and it would not recognize the RAM. I plan to update the chipset drive and BIOS, but I may be able to save time with your help. Any suggestions? Are these the right kits for my Dell?

Also, I used the configurator and the Precision WorkStation 450/450n and 650/650n show up but the 470 does not. According to several sources the CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory is backwards compatible. So far no luck getting it to work.

Any Ideas?

Thank You for your help, FstRx7

Dell Recommends-1 GB Module for a Precision WorkStation 470 System (2R)PC2-3200 / 400 MHz DIMM 240-pin Workstation DDR II SDRAM

My System:
Program: eSupport.com BIOS Agent Version 3.45
BIOS Date: 09/02/04
BIOS Type: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A02
BIOS ID: Dell Precision WorkStation 470 BIOS Version: A02
OEM Sign-On: None
Chipset: Intel 359E rev 9
Superio: Unknown
CPU: Intel Xeon 3000 Mhz MAX: 3800 Mhz
BIOS ROM In Socket: No
BIOS ROM Size: 512K
Memory Installed: 1024 MB
Memory Maximum: 16384 MB
Memory Slot 01: 512 MB
Memory Slot 02: 512 MB
Memory Slot 03: 0 MB
Memory Slot 04: 0 MB
Memory Slot 05: 0 MB
Memory Slot 06: 0 MB

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:26 PM

Use Pc Wizard to get your information on your memory. It should give you the timings of the current memory installed.
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for the help! I have the timings now, what do I do with that info? Such a rookie at this.

Thanks, FstRx7

DDR2-SDRAM: PC2-3200 (200MHz) Timings: 3-3-31 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
RAM Ratio: 1/1
Activated Channels: Single

DDR2-SDRAM PC2-3200 (200 MHz)(4-3-3-8)
DDR2-SDRAM PC2-3200 (200 MHz)(4-3-3-8)

More Info:
Type : DDR2-SDRAM PC2-3200 (200 MHz) - [DDR2-400]
Format : Regular RDIMM

(133.35 x 3)
Size : 512 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
Module Buffered : No
Module Registered : No
Module SLi Ready

(EPP) : No
Width : 72-bit
Error Correction Capability : ECC
Max. Burst Length : 8
Refresh :

Reduced (.5x)7.8 s, Self Refresh
Voltage : SSTL 1.8v
Prefetch Buffer : 4-bit
Manufacture : Week 30 of

Supported Frequencies : 200 MHz, 200 MHz
CAS Latency (tCL) : 3 clocks @200 MHz, 4 clocks @200 MHz
RAS to

CAS (tRCD) : 3 clocks @200 MHz, 3 clocks @200 MHz
RAS Precharge (tRP) : 3 clocks @200 MHz, 3 clocks @200 MHz
Cycle Time (tRAS) : 8 clocks @200 MHz, 8 clocks @200 MHz
Min TRC : 11 clocks @200 MHz, 11 clocks @200 MHz

Memory Controller Information :
Memory Controller : System Memory
Location : Mainboard
Error Correction

Capability : Single-bit ECC
Number of connectors : 6
Max. Module Size : 16384 KB

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:11 AM

You are correct that the computer takes PC3200 memory some system boards will clock down the memory to match the board speeds yours may be different. Using the same program are you able to tell what the make and model of the motherboard is. Or do you have the owners manual for the system and or board.
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Posted 24 March 2008 - 06:00 AM

that computer only takes or supports ECC memory

crucial is the better place to start


you don't put value ram in a Intel Xeon workstation class machine

the backwards compatibilty would be the speed and cas parts

note limitations on using double sided in the last 4 slots also

this is like taking your porsche to the local shadetree mechanic for service

Edited by DaChew, 24 March 2008 - 06:04 AM.


No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

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