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RAM installation Dell Dimension 8100


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#1 oldrnhistory

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 03:33 PM

My old Dell Dimension 8100 is getting so slow that I can keep up with it. It needs a RAM upgrade.
My Dell has four memory slots, two with Topshiba-manufactured metal-encased components and two with The Dell label and no components. All of the 1GB upgrade kits that I find on the web are 256x4 and look like the Toshiba cards I already have. I will need to replace the two Dell cards with the Toshiba-style cards to get to 1GB. Will my Dell work with the Dell cards removed?

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:26 PM

Your Dimension 8100 uses "RDRAM" AKA "Rambus" memory.

RDRAM must be installed in matched pairs to work.

" two with Topshiba-manufactured metal-encased components and two with The Dell label and no components. All of the 1GB upgrade kits that I find on the web are 256x4 and look like the Toshiba cards I already have. I will need to replace the two Dell cards with the Toshiba-style cards to get to 1GB. Will my Dell work with the Dell cards removed? "

You can use all 4 memory slots as long as the memory is installed in matched sets.
You don't have to replace the 2 already installed.
All you need is 2 of the same.
[ PC800 RDRAM 45ns ]

You need 2 X 256MB = 512MB .

BTW, Rambus memory is probably the most expensive memory you can buy.

"I will need to replace the two Dell cards"

If you have 2 "blank" cards in memory slots those are "cotinuity" cards.
They are neccessary to complete the memory circuit when the slots they are in don't have memory installed.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 02:36 PM

Joe,
Your explanation was dead on! It should have been obvious even to me that a card with lots of plated-thru holes but no components was a continuity/jumper/extender card. Many thanks. Now,
if I can just remember where I put my car keys.............




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