I had a Dell desktop, XP, some years ago. It had DDR memory, less than 1 Gig as I recall. I bought two 512MB DDR memory modules and tried to upgrade. I rushed the job, not even sure I turned the computer off when I installed the memory, (don't know if it actually was on but I was in a hurry, extremely stupid if the machine was on). I left to do something, when I came back the machine was fried. End of computer.
Now, years later, I pick up another Dell desktop, an Optiplex 170L, with two 256MB modules installed. Setup utility says it takes 1Gig memory, although the listing on a website says 2Gig is possible). I would like to install the two 512MB modules in my new, (used), machine.
1.Do I dare use these 512MB DDR modules again or is there a chance I damaged them with the last fiasco, (or maybe they were no good and killed the old Dell). Would it be a good idea to use those 512MB modules?
2.The website listing said I can get 2 Gig RAM, the setup utility says 1 Gig. Would downloading the latest BIOS possibly increase the RAM to the higher number, 2 Gig? Is such a thing possible? I would prefer 2 Gig RAM and would be willing to buy more RAM if such is possible. I'm planning to upgrade soon to Windows 7 32 bit which I know from my now deceased netbook works OK on 1 Gig RAM, but better on 2 Gig.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Edited by balderdash, 27 January 2014 - 01:36 AM.