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#1 Braxton

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

Working on my dell dimension 2350. Had a psu problem and am hoping that will be fixed when the parts get here. I was thinking about adding some memory if it turns out ok. What do I need to know in order to find out how much memory I can add or the max I can have? I have 2 slots on the mother board with only one card that is 256mb. Just want to make sure I don't over load it since it is an older comp. Thanks

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 04:44 PM

That Motherboard only has 2 slots and supports a max of 1GB. (512 x 2)

It is PC3200 type.

You can also go to www.crucial.com and allow it to do a scan, to see what is in there now.

Good luck.

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Edited by rigacci, 10 February 2009 - 04:44 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2009 - 07:36 PM

Be sure to unplug it & press the power button to dissapate any stored electricity BEFORE you install or remove any memory . :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:53 AM

So the most I could put on now is 1 x 512? Or would I be better to remove the 256 and add 2 x 512? Would I loose everythign that is saved or is there a way to transfer it?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 10:27 AM

You shouldn't lose any data. That is all on the hard drive, which is not what you are touching.

At the price of RAM these days, it is definitely worth it to upgrade as much as you can.

Good luck.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:54 PM

Thanks.

Dumb question but I am new to this. What does the ram do, or is there a good place to kinda read a little on it. I have a limited knowledge of how everything works and just kinda want to educate myself a little better.

edit: I think I found my answer or atleast one that I somewhat understood. Are some brands better than others, or anything that I should stay away from, I think I may try to switch over to the 2x512mb, my internet and stuff is running slower than I would like. Thanks for the help.

Edited by Braxton, 12 February 2009 - 01:18 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:07 PM

FWIW:

Understanding, Identifying and Upgrading the RAM in your PC - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/identifying-and-upgrading-ram/

Add More Memory (MS) - http://www.microsoft.com/athome/moredone/addmemory.mspx

Computer Memory Explained - http://www.memorystock.com/memory_explained.html

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:12 PM

Sometimes you will find some RAM will work in one computer and hiccup in the next. :thumbsup:

Before buying any RAM I always check the reviews. Reading the reviews can save you a lot of headaches. Even if you don't buy it from them New Egg has some of the best reviews.

Notebooks are usually more finicky than desktops but nowadays you don't really know what is inside. The new HP dc7800 Ultra-Slim DeskTop units use Notebook RAM.

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:18 PM

So the most I could put on now is 1 x 512? Or would I be better to remove the 256 and add 2 x 512? Would I loose everythign that is saved or is there a way to transfer it?


I would definitely go with the 2 x 512. You'll see a tremendous difference from the amount you currently have.
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