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#1 Dahoe

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 02:42 PM

Hi there,
i just bought this RAM module for a Dell Dimension 2100.
Using the Memory Configurator here it told me i should buy this RAM but the other one was easier for me to get as i could collect it.
Is there a difference between these 2 as the new RAM doesn't work and i'm wondering if it's DOA or i bought the wrong RAM.
When i say it doesn't work, the PC turns on as does the monitor, it gives a beep as if to say the amount of RAM has changed but there's no picture.
It still works fine with the old RAM just not with the new or a combination of both.
Cheers for any help/advice,
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 03:44 PM

One has a lower latency (2 tick vs 3 tick), but other than that they spec out the same. Should not be a problem. The mobo will read timings and set accordingly to the higher latency.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 05:21 PM

Crucial has a UK site
http://www.crucial.com/uk/
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Free shipping in the US, not sure over there
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 05:42 PM

It should work. See if you can find another computer to try the stick in.

Like you mentioned though, it may just be a bad stick. I've gotten bad ram before :thumbsup:
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:35 PM

I misread your post.

Swap the RAM and see if the new stick works by itself. I have run into problems with laptops (especially ATI chipsets) that were picky about RAM. Sometimes you just have to "swap and pray". I hate that.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:35 AM

Well i managed to find another system to try it in and it works fine. Is there a reason anyone can think of that this won't work in the Dell Dimension 2100 but will in the self build? Would it be a memory compatibility problem that happens with Dells like a friend of mine suggested? Apart from the latency i can't see any difference in the specs. The only difference between the 2 chips is the new one is slightly taller but surely this shouldn't affect it running on it's own?
Any ideas?? Don't really wanna buy more RAM and be stuck with this as doubt they'll take it back now the pack has been opened, generally quite strict about this so i'm told.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:23 AM

Years ago someone gave me some Compac Ram, it would not work in my self Built Machine, yet would work in a Compac Machine. I believe Dell bought out Compac?

Ram is a funny thing if not matched up perfectly. For example my previous Machine would not accept double sided Ram, it would show up as being there then it would just Black out the Computer. I installed single sided Ram, that fixed it!

Edit. BTW the double sided Ram worked perfectly in another Machine!

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Edited by Abacus 7, 22 October 2008 - 04:26 AM.


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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:54 AM

The memory is Kingston Value RAM so shouldn't be system specific. Maybe that's the problem although the old RAM is Samsung which i presumed would be the same.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 08:17 AM

I believe Dell bought out Compac?

HP bought Compaq
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:50 PM

Now that I think about it, I remember trying to put a stick of ram (the older kind like you're using) into an older Dell, which I think was a dimension 2100. The stick was working perfectly fine in an even older system of mine. I tried booting the dell up with the stick in and wouldn't post. I think some of the older Dell's may be picky about this type of thing. I'm not really sure as to what to think, except that just plain old and simple, it won't work. Sorry :thumbsup:

Edited by Sterling14, 22 October 2008 - 04:50 PM.

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