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Is RAM different physical sizes?


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#1 NoComputerFan

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 10:39 AM

This is probably a very general question/problem. I am trying to replace a 512 MB stick with 1 GB and it seems that the measurements are just slightly off. The notch in the stick is barely off from the notch in the receiver. (Yeah, probably not the right terminology at all, but I think that gets the idea across.) Is this typical? Both sticks are DDR and are the same length. I think the only difference other than size is the manufacturer.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:18 AM

:thumbsup: To the best of my few brain cells the notches should always line up. Check on line (Google) for your mother board and it should tell you what Ram it will accept. You can use Belarc Advisor to find what mother board you have if you don't know

:flowers: To the best of my few brain cells the notches should always line up. Check on line (Google) for your mother board and it should tell you what Ram it will accept. You can use Belarc Advisor to find what mother board you have if you don't know

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:37 AM

It has to do with the amount of "pins".

They range from 168, less for lap tops, up to 240, being the longest I have come across.

Some are not necessarily longer but the alignment notch is located differently.

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:59 AM

As pointed out...different types of RAM...reflect different pin locations/numbers/sizes.

I suspect that acquired the wrong type of RAM for your system/motherboard.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 01:52 PM

Thanks for all of the information. How would I count the pins? I want to make sure I get the right stick next time.

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Posted 24 August 2009 - 02:40 PM

Look up the motherboard if it is a self-built machine.

If it is a store bought then Google for memory for "insert PC make and model here". You of course do not have to buy from any of the sources that come up but you shold find the information you are looking for.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:04 AM

No, it isn't self-built. I will go look at Google, as you suggested. If I have other questions, I will post back. Thanks

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:24 AM

Your :flowers:

We`ll :thumbsup: be here should you have any other questions.




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