Apologies if I should've been able to figure this out based on previous threads. I have an older PC with 160Gb hard drive, and AMD Athlon 64 bit processor that currently has (1) 512mb memory stick in place. I am fairly green when it comes to computers (but taking a class to cover computer basics and unfortunately, now, I am having problems with my system). I am given to understand that the memory sticks "should" be 'plug and play', that so long as the pin configuration and Hz is the same, I should be able to use what fits. I was thinking to replace the stick that is in there, and fill the other slot available so that I would have (2) 1Gb sticks in place. Besides ensuring that I don't buy memory that isn't compatible with the system, my other problem is that I am going to have to wipe the hard drive (infection that I can't get rid of). Not a big deal, I would think, except when we knew nothing about computers we purchased this one at a big box store, and the sales person led us to believe that we didn't need backup disks, and that the OS was safe on the partition. This has been a problem for the first time, now. Previous infections were able to be healed by using system restore.
So I am wanting to wipe the hard drive, upgrade the memory, install new OS, and then will need to download the drivers that I do not have a backup disk to provide.
I have a functioning laptop that I can use to download drivers, etc. to disk or flash drive in aid of the process.
These are the things I have questions about (unless one of you sees an error in my thought process)
1) knowing I have a DDR, 400, 184pin stick in place, do I need to shop for anything specific? (ECC, non-parity?, because websites carrying the products have much to offer, but seem to only "match" me with 1 product out of their line and wondering how this would be)
2) Can I plug in the new RAM, load the OS from software disk I purchase, then go online to download the appropriate drivers? (or, should/could I find the drivers ahead of time and burn them to disk, not using the computer that they are to be installed on?)
ETA make/model HP Pavilion a1118x
Thanks for any help you can provide,
Edited by Barefoot2, 20 February 2011 - 03:50 PM.