Hello there Bcers! Thanks to all of your amazing help, I have just installed my memory!!!! Woohoo!!! Yay BCers!!!!
But.........(and you knew there had to be a 'but' lol)........
I was installing two 1GB memory things, and taking out my original one 256MB memory thing.
The first memory thing went in finely. I made sure to notice how the original one came out, and I put the new one in just exactly that way. But then I got to the second new memory thing, and I attempted to install it in just this same manner (I noticed which channel to install it into, noticed the little lock thing, noticed which side the stickers were on, etc), but it didn't fit into the channel the whole way. It fit snuggly, made contact (it didn't wobble on the lock in the channel...it made it past that lock), etc, but the little locks on the sides wouldn't quite snap into place.
So, then I took out the second new memory thing, and tried to install the original memory thing into this second channel (thinking that if the memory went in there, then surely the factory part would fit right in), but the locks didn't quite grab the original memory thing either.
Now, I did alot of reading, made sketches, took notes....and I am pretty darn positive that both of these channels are for the memory things, and yet.....this second channel wasn't havin' it.
So, I thought 'what the hell' and decided to install the second new memory thing into this second channel (again, the first channel and memory thing went fine, so I left that one alone), even though the locks didn't quite lock into those little lock areas on the sides of the memory thing. I figured, perhaps wrongly, that my computer wouldn't get jostled around, and so this second unlocked memory thing shouldn't ever be disturbed. Hopefully....this is okay.
So, I closed the whole thing back up and plugged the system back in and booted up. A screen stopped me, and said that new memory had been installed (I took this as a good sign) and that I needed to hit 'F2' (I think) to see what had happened.
Once I hit F2, another screen appeared and told me:
Installed Memory: 1024 MB DDR SDRAM
System Memory Speed: 266 MHz (which I thought my system said somewhere that it was a 400MHz....but since I have no idea what this means, I'll not worry about it until you tell me that I need to).
AGP Aperture: 128 MB
It said some other stuff on the first screen, but I hit the F2 before I thought about writing it all down. Does any of this mean that that second 1GB (I installed 2GB) isn't being recognized or used at this time? And if so, what should I do about this?
I know that the memory scan at Crucial said that my system could accept 2GB of memory, and there are two channels, so that's what I did, and maybe.....maybe 1024MB is 2GB? Again, I am lost lost lost when it comes to this whole thing of memory, so please overlook my ignorance (lol).
And as a side note: I will also mention that I cleaned out the inside of my computer while I had it open, before I installed the memory...and when the second memory thing didn't lock in on the sides, I did inspect the channel to see if a gremlin had snuggled down in there, but unless the little guy is invisible, the channel was clear.
So......do I have a problem (besides not knowing how many MB are in a GB), or is everything fine? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and as another side note: the difference between my old memory and my new was immediate!!! My computer (compared to how it crawled before) is completely screaming lolol! I love my screaming computer, but I just want to really make sure that all is well with that second memory thing, and to make sure whether or not I need to adjust some setting somewhere. I won't touch a thing though until you all tell me to.
Edited by dingdingding, 21 August 2008 - 11:00 AM.