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#1 spc3rd

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:32 PM

Good evening everyone,

I will be upgrading the current RAM in my Dell Dimension 3000 desktop (running Win XP Pro) by replacing the current two 256 MB chips with two 1 GB chips. I have a question with regard to the information shown on the left side of the Crucial.com webpage at the link shown below.

Question: If I DO receive the particular message mentioned in the installation info, how do I "enter BIOS and turn OFF OS install?"

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Dimension%203000

Thank you for your time and any information! :)

Edited by spc3rd, 05 January 2012 - 08:35 PM.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:09 PM

It looks like the OS Install setting only becomes an issue if the computer had 256MB of RAM or less before the upgrade. I don't know why Dell added that option. I don't see any reason to limit the RAM to 256MB with a BIOS setting.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:35 AM

I appreciate your reply, lti!

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 05:17 PM

For what it is worth I've never seen the OS install turned on in any Dell Dimension.

However if it become a issue. Press F2 when Dell appears on the screen and scroll down in the Bios to the OS install option and turn it off.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 05:33 PM

I appreciate the info, rotor123.

I've already upgraded the RAM to 2 GB and there is a most significant improvement in this computer's performance!

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