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need to install 8 gb memory on desktop


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#1 aabill

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:04 AM

I would like to install 8 gb of memory on my desktop. Currently limping along on 512 mb.

 

 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 10:09 AM

Hi, Most likely Your Windows XP is 32Bit as 99.99% of Xp are.

 

That means that You will only see approx 2.75 to 3.5 Gb of that memory usable in windows.

 

If it were my computer I would either upgrade to 3 or 4Gb of memory or add the 8Gb and start over with a 64Bit Windows 7. There is no upgrade path from 32Bit windows to a 64Bit windows that does not require a clean install.

 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:11 AM

Hello aabill,

That's way too much money! Send me a private message because I can send you a 4x1GB set (eg, 2 sets of 2x1GB) of ddr2 667MHz RAM for free (if you are willing to pay a few bucks for postage). I just retired my old Dimension 8400 but before I did, I bought these 4 sticks, and was using them for the past 6 months. See here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231108

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 11:16 AM

Hi, Most likely Your Windows XP is 32Bit as 99.99% of Xp are.

 

That means that You will only see approx 2.75 to 3.5 Gb of that memory usable in windows.

 

If it were my computer I would either upgrade to 3 or 4Gb of memory or add the 8Gb and start over with a 64Bit Windows 7. There is no upgrade path from 32Bit windows to a 64Bit windows that does not require a clean install.

 

Good Luck

Roger

Just a caution on any thoughts about upgrading to an x64 bit on an older Dell system because Dell is notorious for limiting any upgrades with BIOS restrictions (even though the mobo may be capable) because they don't want you to enhance what they sold you... they want you to buy a new Dell-enhanced PC!



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:18 PM

UPDATE: I see that aabill has revisited this thread and, based on his lack of response, I have respectfully withdrawn my free RAM offer.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:19 PM

Anyrepli, sorry I'm so slow on the draw. Just now seeing this. But thanks. I will look around for a better price.

 

I think I only have two places to put memory. Doesn't that mean I only have room for two sticks?

 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:28 PM

Hi, Most likely Your Windows XP is 32Bit as 99.99% of Xp are.

 

That means that You will only see approx 2.75 to 3.5 Gb of that memory usable in windows.

 

If it were my computer I would either upgrade to 3 or 4Gb of memory or add the 8Gb and start over with a 64Bit Windows 7. There is no upgrade path from 32Bit windows to a 64Bit windows that does not require a clean install.

 

Good Luck

Roger

Thanks!

 

I see crucial.com had this on the page but I hadn't read it yet:

 

How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS. More information about OS memory maximums can be found here.

 

You save me from buying 4 gb that wouldn't even be effective.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:40 AM

No Problem, That is part of what we do here. Try to save money from being wasted.

 

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