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#1 allouttaluck


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Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:50 AM

i have a PC-133 memory in my computer with a hardrive with win 98. i was wondering if i added a 2nd pc-133 would my computer be faster or stay the same.

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#2 Bill253


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Posted 21 March 2011 - 12:03 PM

Hi alloutaluck,

Adding more ram may effect the speed some. Mostly it makes the system more stable.

Depending on the size of the PC-133 DIMM already installed, and how much you add, it may or may not make much difference. If the system is using the hard disk drive (HDD) a lot to read/write cache information to, more ram should help speed things up as ram is inherently faster than HDD read/writes.

RAM is certainly cheap now compared to what it was when your Win98 system was built. It's worth a try to see if it helps much. Curiously, older RAM is more expensive (per MB) than newer RAM due to supply and demand issues. You may be able to find some cheap (free?) used PC-133 RAM out there, but like anything else used it is somewhat of a gamble.


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Posted 21 March 2011 - 02:41 PM

PC-133 is the speed of the RAM not the size. It will depend on how many free RAM slots you have. If there is no size markings on that chip strip just Google any other markings/numbers on the chips to try and find the size.

I had 640MB in my Win98SE that was 2, 256MB and 1, 128MB strips and my system ran a smooth as a mouse. The thing you have to remember is you need the PC-133 chips they must all be those you can't mix and match them. They are quite cheap on eBay thats were I bought mine from many years ago. There is suppose to be a limit of 500MB in Win98 but mine ran with 640MB and Windows showed that amount and the program I made did. Memory Checker Post #28 :wink:


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