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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 08:48 AM

I want to get started on a Memory Upgrade. I would be so gratefull for any help. I'm guessing that I need to post my specs. In order for anyone to help me. Here they are. This is all new to me. :thumbsup: If there is something, I left out just let me know. Thanks in advance! :flowers:
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  • Windows Millennium Edition (build 4.90.3000)
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  • 233 megahertz Intel Pentium w/MMX
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  • 2.11 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity 230 Megabytes Hard Drive Free Space
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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:08 AM

I would buy ram from one of these three companys:
(just plug in your specs, they'll give you options)

Crucial

Kingston

Corsair

These are reputable companys that stand behind their products. Also,
check out the info on their sites. There's a lot of good info about ram,
definitely worth the read.

Some additional info on ram:

There are such things as cheap , ninety day , or generic RAM, which is actually sold, and doesn't
meet the minimum standards of the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council), for
use in computers. But it is still sold, and un-informed people, still buy it.

RAM can generally be divided into a few classes:
(Excepting Performance or Overclockers RAM, which is made to the highest tolerances)

Premium or Lifetime Warranty: This RAM is made from Identical chips, all tested and meeting the
assemblers standards, all from the same chip manufacturer and lot. The capacitors and resistors
are of the highest standard, and exceed the JEDEC standard, and all are installed on a circuit
board which is thicker than required . The final product is tested to confirm that it is stable at the
rated speed.

One Year Warranty: Very close, but may include memory chips from different batches, although
still the same manufacturer. The circuit board tends to be at least one ply thinner, and the
resistors and capacitors may have more variance. These still meet the JEDEC standards, and
are tested to make sure they are stable at the specified speed.

OEM: These are intended for sale to a manufacturer, not for resale, although they often are sold
retail. Often if you buy two sticks, you will find that they have memory chips from different
manufacturers. They still meet standards (the chips are certified to meet the manufacturers specifications),
but are often yet another ply thinner, and once again, may have more variance in the tolerance of
resistors and capacitors, and may use fewer, than on higher quality RAM.

Generic or 90 Day RAM: This is the lowest quality you will generally encounter. Often these are
made of leftover chips; ones salvaged from returned and failed RAM, RAM designed to run at a
higher speed which failed and became unstable. They are put on really thin boards, which do
not meet the JEDEC standard. They rarely have even the minimum number, and quality of
resistors and capacitors, recomended by the JEDEC .

Also, if you touch the RAM anywhere except the edges, you should know that the oils and salts in
your skin are corrosive, and will eventually damage the ram. And if you touch it without
observing anti-static precautions, you can cause damage which may show up immediately or
somewhere down the line.


This is why I always reccomend that you spend the extra money to buy Quality Name Brand RAM with a
lifetime warranty. I also prefer to buy all RAM at one time when possible, and at a minimum, make sure it has
identical specifications (easiest method, make sure it is same manufacturer and model).
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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:17 AM

Thanks ! tg1911 Shoot, it looks like I have a lot of work ahead of me. I so hope that I can do this. Do Sticks only come as OEM? And the premium are Chips? Sticks are what I was going for. I want quality, but as far as price goes, I do not want to spend a fortune. I'll check out those links. Thanks again, Scarlett

Edited by scarlett, 08 October 2004 - 09:18 AM.

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:32 AM

Scarlet
This is JMO

It looks like you have an older tower and has probably got the old style of RAM (I forget what it is called) but it is a lot smaller and has like 30 or 72 pin and you probably have like 4-16meg or 2-32meg modules.

If this is the case then for what it would cost to upgrade to at least 128meg you can buy a much upgraded tower (faster) on ebay for the same money, or even put a few more $$ with it and buy a new tower.

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:40 AM

Scarlet

I found this info.
http://www.satech.com/acas121212123.html

It looks like 128meg is max.

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:43 AM

Go to ebay. Here is a link type in what your looking for after those sites tell you what you will need then simply type it in on ebay. They beat anybody on ram prices!
Ill get your link in a sec.......

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:44 AM

OMG, I'm sooo confused. Yes this is a Dinosaur. LOl A freebie. First I only wanted it for e-mail. Now I'm wanting to get into Graphics. Do not have enough space. A new Tower? This is getting so complicated.BTW, Thanks River Rat & CGM3 for all your help. :flowers: So funny I do not even have a tower. Mine looks more like an VCR. :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:46 AM

Yes thats what im thinking I found a pc for 99 bucks with 1ghz!! So you might want to look for anew pc!
Well my link wont work!

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:57 AM

No double posting here just testing this is really cool! Got it from ebay but it wont show up its made for html!
You just type in what you want and hit search!

[code=auto:0]<script language=javascript>
mpt = new Date();
mpts = mpt.getTimezoneOffset() + mpt.getTime();

document.write('<nolayer><iframe src="http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/fm/711-1751-2978-325?mpt=' + mpts + '&mpvc=http://www.qksrv.net/click-1569720-7088803?SID=%26mpt=' + mpts + '%26mig=" width=120 height=240 marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 hspace=0 vspace=0 frameborder=0 scrolling=no bordercolor="#000000"><a hr'+'ef="http://www.qksrv.net/click-1569720-7088803?SID=%26mpt=' + mpts + '"><img src="http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/bn/711-1751-2978-325?mpt=' + mpts + '" alt="Bid, Sell and Collect at eBay!" border="0"></a></iframe></nolayer><ilayer src="http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/fm/711-1751-2978-325?mpt=' + mpts + '&mpvc=http://www.qksrv.net/click-1569720-7088803?SID=%26mpt=' + mpts + '%26mig=" width=120 height=240"></ilayer>');
</script><img src="http://www.qksrv.net/image-1569720-7088803" width="1" height="1" border="0"><img src="http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-1569720-7088803" width="1" height="1" border="0">[code=auto:0]

Why wont it work? Its html?

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:16 AM

This is what Crucial came up with. The other two couldn't help me. Crucial_ Results
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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:21 AM

OMG, I'm sooo confused. Yes this is a Dinosaur. LOl A freebie. First I only wanted it for e-mail. Now I'm wanting to get into Graphics. Do not have enough space. A new Tower? This is getting so complicated.BTW, Thanks River Rat & CGM3 for all your help. :trumpet: So funny I do not even have a tower. Mine looks more like an VCR. :thumbsup:

Freebies are good... :flowers:

But in your case if it is graphics then I forsure recommend a different tower.
Your HDD is to small & you need no less then 256meg of Ram (graphics programs like a lot of Ram) 512meg is even better.

I am like CGM and am sure you can find a nice machine on ebay for $100-$150 + shipping

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:24 AM

Great! Ok if you do decide to get a new pc here are a couple that you might like!
I dont know your price range but here is one for 300.00 almost!
Custom built pc

Now this is the pc I would buy! Its made by compaq 1.6ghz and 32mb video card for anything you will need to do on it!
Compaq pc great 1.6ghz

The above pc has 256mb ram and 80gb hd!

Ok here is the whole search for "desktop pc"
Desktop pc search on ebay!

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:28 AM

This is what Crucial came up with. The other two couldn't help me. Crucial_ Results

WOW

$40 each

32meg x 4 = 128meg

4 x $40 = $160 + shipping

I say sell it on ebay, take 20 bucks for it and buy one over 1000mhz & 256meg for $100 - $150 and you will be smiling.

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:34 AM

This is what Crucial came up with. The other two couldn't help me. Crucial_ Results

WOW

$40 each

32meg x 4 = 128meg

4 x $40 = $160 + shipping

I say sell it on ebay, take 20 bucks for it and buy one over 1000mhz & 256meg for $100 - $150 and you will be smiling.

Buy one w/ 1000mhz & 256mg.? What a whole new 'Puter? Or a tower? Cheese Whiz! Lol Please bear w/ me. :thumbsup:

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Posted 08 October 2004 - 10:38 AM

Check my links scarlet there is a whole tower pc going for around 200.00! Ok it comes with 256mb ram 80gb hd! 80gb!!!! Or take a look at the search thing, there is a lot of pcs on there going for nuttin! I have bought 3 lappies off of ebay and they all turned out great! At least get 1.0ghz I would recomend no less than 1.2 or 1.3ghz.......




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