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#1 ramsey76

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 05:09 PM

On some test programs it looks like my PC has 512 of RAM. On another application it looks like I have 384 RAM. Is this because 128K of RAM is used for a video application ? The processor is an AMD 3300.


My novice opinion is 384 K is not enough RAM . I used the PC mostly for good size excel, word and powerpoint applications.

I would appreciate some help on the RAM issue.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 12:24 PM

What does XP say it has ? Right-click on My Computer and select Properties. It should state the processor type, speed and amount of system RAM.

Even 384MB of available memory should be enough to run almost all apps unless you are gaming, loading huge spreadsheets or doing video editing. On the other hand, prices for RAM have come down so much you should be able to buy another 512MB for $50 or less if you have an open RAM slot on your motherboard. Everest Home will tell you not only how much RAM you have but its type and speed. You'll have to look inside your case to see how many slots are available for new RAM modules.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 03:38 PM

Thanks

I have one slot with a 512 card. I have one open slot.

My spreadsheets are usually have 50 to 60 K rows of data. They are slow to process on this PC.

I can buy a 1GB DDR (PC 3200) memory card for about $ 120.

I think I am going to buy it . I am not sure if I will install or let Best Buy do for $ 30 .

I assume this increased ram will speed thing up.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 10:34 PM

That's a rather high price for 1GB of memory. Do you have a laptop ? That might explain it. 1GB of SO-DIMM notebook models are going for less than $100. Check out Newegg.com for a well user-rated model and save some gasoline. The Corsair and Kingmax models are rated highly.

If you saw the open slot then you know where the new memory should go. You can install it yourself and save not only the installation fee, but pay less for the memory in the first place.

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 11:08 PM

You can buy a stick of Ultra 1024MB PC3200 for $69.99 or a stick of Ultra 512MB PC3200 for $19.99 at tigerdirect.com

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Ca...0&CMP=ILC-FPM06

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 06:02 PM

Thanks for the input.

I purchased 512 RAM card (Kingston) from Circuit City today for $ 19.99 after rebate.

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 07:21 AM

I purchased 512 RAM card (Kingston) from Circuit City today for $ 19.99 after rebate.

Just curious, did it speed up your machine?
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Posted 07 May 2006 - 12:54 PM

The combination of a better defrag program ( and doing defrag every day) , cleanning out junk files and more RAM improved improved my the speed of the program.

I am a liitle concerned that I need to defrag every day.

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 01:18 PM

You should not need to defrag daily.

What makes you think you need to do that?




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