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Is particular RAM upgrade is acceptable?

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#1 Tony2011


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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:39 PM



I have an old Packard Bell PC (I Connect M 3040 modell) with (OS) Windows XP HE, Celeron 2.0 GHz (CPU) and Packard Bell Columbia motherboard (it is modified Gigabyte GA-8SIML modell > http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/pb/mb/columbia.htm) which - acc. to Packard Bell - supports up to 512 MB DDR RAM (2 x 256 MB, 2 slots).


I would like to ask for advice on whether it is acceptable and makes sense to upgrade RAM on the mentioned motherboard up to 1 GB (2x512 MB) or 2 GB (2x1GB), because if only because of the Internet Security Package requirements (eg, Bitdefender Internet Security 2013) 512 MB of RAM is not enough for good work of the computer.


Thank you very much in advance for your answers.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:18 PM

If the motherboard can handle it, then go for it. 

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:31 PM

...it supports up to 2Gigs memory...


...scroll down to "memory"...

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

The problem is that Gigabyte GA-8SIML motherboard supports up to 2 GB RAM, but particular makers (like e.g. Packard Bell) can change/limit this (such info. is given in GA-8SIML user's manual) when adapting the GA-8SIML mainboard to their needs. May be something is set in BIOS, I do not know.
That is why I wonder if it is acceptable to install 1 or 2 GB RAM on Columbia mainboard.

Edited by Tony2011, 01 May 2013 - 05:05 AM.

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 05:09 PM

See http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/pb/mb/columbia.htm for specs.



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