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Q: Solved: Memory Upgrade Help Needed

I need advice as to the best way to upgrade the memory on my custom built desktop computer. It is presently outfitted with two 512MB DDR PC2700 modules and has one empty slot. The motherboard (Soyo SY-P4X400 Dragon Ultra Platinum Edition) can apparently handle PC3200 and up to 2 GB of DDR 400. I'm uncertain as to whether to scrap the two existing memory modules and install two 1MB strips of DDR 400 - PC3200 OR to fill the empty slot with a 1MB strip of the foregoing. I'm obviously in over my head and would appreciate any suggestions. BTW, the unit is running a Pentium 4 processor and Windows XP Pro. I'm not a "gamer" but I do run multiple programs all day and my rig has become agonizingly slow.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

A: Solved: Memory Upgrade Help Needed

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Hi Everyone,

I currently have the following memory installed in my computer.

2 X 256MB 16x(16Mx8) DDR - SDRAM PC2100 - 233-750 (CL2.5 up to 143MHz) (CL2 up to 133MHz. 184 pin

I don't understand all that but that's what's showing as the type of RAM I have.

The following is what I'm considering buying but I'm not sure if it will be compatible with what I've listed above. They say it's backward compatible but I don't know.
I'd appreciate your advice and opinion. Thanks.

JEDEC Standard 184-pin Dual In-Line Memory Module

128x4 DDR 400Mhz 184Pin DIMM Module

Performance: PC3200
DQ DQ Burst Frequency: 400MHz
Inputs and outputs are SSTL-18 compatible
SDRAM have 4 internal banks for concurrent operation
Differential clock inputs
Data is read or written on both clock edges
Bi-directional data strobe with one clock cycle preamble and one-half clock post-amble
Address and control signals are fully synchronous to positive clock edge
Programmable Operation:
Burst Type: Sequential or Interleave
Burst Length: 4, 8
Operation: Burst Read and Write
Auto Refresh (CBR) and Self Refresh Modes
Automatic and controlled precharge commands
Serial Presence Detect
SDRAMs in FBGA Package
RoHs compliance

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade Help Needed

by: The best way to buy compatible memory is to use a Memory finder from one of the companies that manufacture or sell Memory sticks.
Go to and use thier memory advisor. It's free to use and they will recommend and guarantee the memory will work.
You will need to know your computer's name (Dell, e-Machines, HP, etc) or the motherboard name.
Another source is
The stick you're looking at will probably work, but why take chances?

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Hi Everyone,

I have an MSI K7T266 Pro 2 motherboard with 2 x 256MB 184 pin PC2100 DDR SDRAM installed. It has 3 memory banks 2 of which are populated

Is it possible to upgrade the memory on this motherboard to PC2700 or PC3200 (DDR400)? The manual says it supports PC1600 & PC2100 "At the time of writing" Does this mean it might support future memory upgrades?

Can I mix memory types? eg Could I leave the existing 2 x 256MB PC2100 modules there and add say 1GB of PC2700 or PC3200 to fill the vacant third slot?

Thanks for your help.


A:Memory Upgrade Help Needed

Im sorry to say that this board will only support up to ddr 2100. Only a newer motherboard that supports ddr 2700 can handle that kind of memory. If the motherboard did support 2700. Sure you could mix and match, but it would only run at the slowest speed. Since a 2100 cant run at 2700.

I hope this answers your question....


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I have a Dimension 4550 with 256 mb of memory. I'm ready to upgrade at this point and i know that only certain types of memory will work. Anyone have any ideas what kind i need and or links to the proper items at a reputable online store?

A:Dimension 4550 memory needed

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I have an E-machine T1120. I have 2 slots for RAM on a card that are currently each 256 MB. My computer is a dinosaur as it is 6 years old. However, with the economy I prefer not to buy a new computer.

I put the 256 MB cards in there a few years ago. But is there a way to upgrade to an even higher RAM or is my PC too old to accept anything else? I did a product search and all these other cards came up, video cards, sound cards, etc. My PC is running slow trying to keep up with modern times!


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hi all,

i have just compeleted my computer up grade from "P3" to "Pent D". now the problem is when i power the computer up, it runs for about 5-10 seconds then dies, if i try it again the same happens.

im not sure what is happening and need some suggestions.

M/B = Gigabyte GA-8V800PMD
Proc = Pent D 3.0Ghz
Ram = 512
Psu = max out = 250w


A:Solved: Help Needed with Upgrade

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hi all,

i have just compeleted my computer up grade from "P3" to "Pent D". now the problem is when i power the computer up, it runs for about 5-10 seconds then dies, if i try it again the same happens.

im not sure what is happening and need some suggestions.

M/B = Gigabyte GA-8V800PMD
Proc = Pent D 3.0Ghz
Ram = 512
Psu = max out = 250w


A:[SOLVED] Help Needed with Upgrade

At first sight, you are desperately underpowered.

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Hi im upgrading my thinkpad R32 to XP and Im wondering about a possible driver issue. I currently have win2kpro and when i installed it i had to install the drivers from a separate disc. Would it be wise to go to ibms website and dl the drivers i will need for the xp OS onto disk for easy installation after i have the xp OS installed? Just trying to have some foresight on this whole upgrade process. thanks for any advice.

A:[SOLVED] Drivers upgrade needed?


Originally Posted by aoneeyedcobra

Hi im upgrading my thinkpad R32 to XP and Im wondering about a possible driver issue. I currently have win2kpro and when i installed it i had to install the drivers from a separate disc. Would it be wise to go to ibms website and dl the drivers i will need for the xp OS onto disk for easy installation after i have the xp OS installed? Just trying to have some foresight on this whole upgrade process. thanks for any advice.

Hello again

You have certainly got the right attitude...YES go to the IBM website and download (and save to a new folder or CD) all the XP compatible drivers for your machine.

This way you will be fully prepared once you have XP installed.

Kind Regards,

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So a while back I was looking at purchasing a new computer. However my financial situation has turned for the worse and I am going to have to limp along a bit longer with the one I have. I have decided that I can afford to upgrade my current machine. The computer I am using was one that someone gave me.

Current specs are as follows

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9600 BE @ 2.3 GHz
RAM: 6 GB DDR 2 1800 MHz
GPU: Saphire Radeon HD 4550 with 512 MB
MOBO: Jetway HA06
PSU: Turbolink ATX-CW500P4, I believe this is made by Apevia/Aspire
HD: One 300 GB and one 1.5TB WD Caviar Black

I picked up an XFX Radeon HD 7870 from newegg. It dawned on me after I purchased it that my PSU might not be up the challenge. I opened the case and its looking like its definitely not going to make the cut. I read someplace that the Radeon 7XXX series needs a constant 12V 27A supply. I am trying to avoid Apevia if at all possible. I had one of their units crap out on me when it was still fairly new. I do have an old BFG tech 550W PSU in my old computer but I don't know if it works or not. The old computer won't turn on and I don't know why.

So I am looking for suggestions on a reliable and affordable PSU. The more affordable the better.

Here is the link to the PSU. I could not find the actual manufacturers website.

I was also considering upgrading the CPU. I was thinking about getting the Phenom II X4 965 BE. However it is not listed ... Read more

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Expert needed. REF: Windows Memory Diagnostic

I copied this from another TechGuy forum, because I realized later that this may be the more appropriate forum for this issue.

I'm hoping for an expert's opinion on these several issues. Very sorry to put so many issues into one request, but they are all related to my issues.

1. I am encountering FATAL EXCEPTIONS while playing the game World of Warcraft (WoW).

The game crashes, then reports:

Error #132 (0x85100084) FATAL EXCEPTION
Exeception: 0xC0000005 at 0018:4fe59dda at (memory location): "0x0d007c1c"

I have run Microsoft's Memory Diagnostic tool several times. I've run it in 'normal' and also in 'extended,' yet it reports "passed" on my two strips of (1MB each) System RAM.

My first question is:

Could my problem within the game be with my VIDEO RAM instead of my System RAM? Should I be able to tell by the memory address given in the error message?

Secondly, my other comment is about the Windows Memory Diagnostic....

During the scan phase of TEST 7 of 11 (MATS+ (Cache Disabled), the scan slows down to an incredibly slow speed. It took over 1 hour to complete that single test (in Extended mode). Is that to be expected, or does that slow speed denote an error with my RAM?

Any expert with knowledge of these issues is welcome to help me, if so desired. I'll appreciate it, since I've struggled for 2 weeks with this issue in WoW.

I don't have fa... Read more

A:Solved: Expert needed. REF: Windows Memory Diagnostic

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Hi there,
I hope someone can help me please, I have tried to run the W7 upgrade advisor on both an XP machine and a Vista based machine (same laptop different harddrives so all specs the same just different OS). But once I've downloaded it I click on the set-up file and it asks me if I want to open this file and I click on yes then it does absolutely nothing, no upgrade advisor screen just nothing I have all latest updates and Service Packs, so I am now baffled and I cannot find anything of help on the microsoft site either, so help you are my last chance!!


A:Solved: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Help needed please!!!

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I have a Dell Studio 1555 running Windows 7 64bit. I am trying to upgrade the RAM memory from 4GB to 8GB (an upgrade that can be done on this model). The machine has two memory slots and two CPU (cores). When I boot up the computer recognizes that I have changed the memory, however it reports only 4GB (2GB for each CPU) rather than the expected 8GB (4GB for each CPU). In other words, no upgrade. The memory modules are correct - Two modules - 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 - 800 MHz 200-Pin SO-DIMM Laptop Dell Studio 1555.
I have checked to see that the BIOS was current and chipset driver current and installed. I have also run a pre-boot memory test on the new modules.
Any ideas?

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Dear Sirs and Madames,

I have expanded memory on my laptops in the past with no issues...not so fortunate this time while attempting to expand the memory on my Desktop.

The vitals of my desktop are as follows:

Gateway 5200X (Desktop)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP (Home Edition) SP2
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Memory (RAM): 512 MB (two 256 MB sticks)

I will now explain the steps I followed to expand the memory...

1. Turned of CPU
2. Removed power cord from CPU
3. Opened cabinet.
4. Installed two (2) 1 GB DDR PC2700 333Mhz... one (1) in each of the two remaining available slots.

(side note: I have always been under the impression that I needed to install the "New" memory in matched pairs, however, when making the request for "matching pairs" while purchasing the new memory I was informed that this was no longer the case... I hope the was correct guidance.)

5. Re-installed the cabinet.
6. Re-connected the power cord.
7. Turned on the power.

After the normal "Gateway" start up screen appeared I got the following message:

(Black Screen/White Text)

Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot device

I rebooted and the same appeared.

Now... I have "Recovery Disks" That I made... but no "Boot Media" that it's asking for...

9. I removed the newly installed two (2) 1 GB DDR PC2700 333Mhz. memory . (following the previous steps to install it.)

After the normal &qu... Read more

A:Solved: New memory upgrade

Check the cables to your HDD, they may have come loose when you were installing the new memory.

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I have gotten my hands on an HP Pavilion 304w computer. I replaced the AMD 1.53 Mhz CPU with a 2.0 ghz AMD chip. Now, I am currently looking to upgrade the memory modules and am recieving conflicting reports via HP's website as to the maximum amount of allowed RAM that can be installed. One page, , says I can only install 2 X 512 mb sticks. The other page, listed under the motherboard specifications link located on that very same page, , states that the maximum allowed memory is 2 Gig.........???? Can anyone with any knowledge of this FIC AM37 Salsa Motherboard offer any assistance? I hate to place an order for the RAM without knowing. Thanks.

A:Solved: HP Memory Upgrade?

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I have a Dell 4500 computer with 256 Rams of memory. I want to upgrade to
1G which is as much as my computer will hold. I will buy two 512 and take out the 256. I want the best and the fastest that I can get. Have visited several memory sites and cannot decide on the best one for me. There are 3 that I am looking at , but just do not know which one is the best.Here is what I need.

PC 2100 DDR 266MHz
c1=2.5 volts
64 meg x64
The three that I am thinking about are:

Please help me decide on the best one. I know it is probably just a preference , but you are all more experienced in this than I am and I do want your input as to which you have had the best experience with.

Thank you very much.


A:Solved: Memory Upgrade- Which is the best ?

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with help from some very helpfull people on this site i have purchased myself some more memory. but i dont know what is involved in fitting it. is it just a case of turning off my pc and plugging the memory into the spare slot and turn back on, or not. many thanks gary

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I am trying to find out what to expect if I upgrade from OEM memory to 512 or 1g memory sip.
COMPAQ Presario SR1110NX
Microsoft XP Home Edition
145g hard drive
I have little to none tech talk knowledge.

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Hello everybody! Let me explain my query. My computer is a emachines with windows vista. The motherboard has 2 memory slots and allows up to 4gb of memory. The memory it has right now is 2 512mb sticks of pc5300 memory. If I decide to upgrade the memory, does it still have to be pc5300? Thanks.

A:Solved: memory upgrade

go to and let it scan your PC. it will tell you what your options are.

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So I want to upgrade the memory on my sister's desktop (the same one we had the nic problem with) and I just wanted some suggestions, this pc is used strictly for internet, email, and research. No gaming, rarely and videos, etc...

Any suggestions on what memory i should look into? I am hoping somewhere between 512-1gb depending on price.

There is currently like 200mb~ on there now. i know its lame, but no one is willing to pay for any more.

A:Solved: I want to Upgrade my memory

We'll need to know about your computer. Mainly the make and model of the entire system or the motherboard. You can also go to and see if they can detect your system and what they recommend for upgrades.

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I have an older desktop computer. it is a Compac 5410F. it runs excessively slow. On the advice of a friend, we had it re-imaged in hopes of improving the speed. If anything it is now slower. out of 300GB of space there is a little over 200 GB still available. I wouldn't think it would slow down so much but it really sucks. Can anyone suggest what type of memory upgrade or whatever will help improve the speed. Pulling up anything, especially the internet takes too long for my tastes. the specs for the Compas 5410F are:
Packaged Quantity 1.0
Type Media center
Recommended Use Home use
Product Form Factor Tower
Localization English / United States
Processor / Chipset
Type Intel Pentium E2160 / 1.8 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
CPU Qty 1.0
Max CPU Qty 1.0
Chipset Type Intel G31 Express
Front Side Bus 800.0 MHz
Cache Memory
Installed Size L2 cache - 1.0 MB
Cache Per Processor 1 MB
Installed Size 1.0 GB / 2.0 GB (max)
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Specification Compliance PC2-6400
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Hard Drive
Type HDD
Capacity 1.0 x 320.0 GB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300 Serial ATA
Spindle Speed 7200.0 rpm

What would I specifically need?

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I have an older computer I need to upgrade.

The memory card is 184 pin.
Slot capacity is 1 gig per slot.
Mainboard Mfg. is ECS

Currently slots 1 and 2 show:
Module size: 256 MBytes
PC2100 (133 Mhz)
Manufacturer: Samsung
Correction: ECC
Registered: yes
Buffered: No

The major questions I have are (1) where do I get the best board for the cheapest price? and (2) if I go to a memory card like Corsair Memory VS2GBKIT400C3 2 GB PC3200 400MHz 184-Pin DDR Desktop Memory Kit will the Corsair card work with a difference in speed between the PC2100 (old card) and the PC3200 (new card)?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

A:Solved: Need To Upgrade Memory From 1 Gig to 2 Gig

What's the complete description of the motherboard in that old computer?


In most cases, you can mix DDR PC2100(DDR266) or DDR PC2700(DDR333) or DDR PC3200(DDR400) modules.

If you do, all modules will run at the speed of the slowest module(s).


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Hi guys well I purchased the correct 1g RAM stick (I Think) for my HP Pavilion a310.UK

Worked great for the first hour then I got a couple of messages saying Error sorry for the inconvenience but you will have to shut down, send error report. So like I say this happened a couple of times. But after this the computer wouldn't reboot even in safe mode. So I have removed it and am back to the usual slow 256mb routine. Also when I first powered up the computer it asked me to verify my windows application which I did.
So once again guys any ideas ??

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade AGAIN !!

You bought used memory off ebay????? IMO that is just asking for a problem.

I would really go to either corsair, crucial, or kingston's site and input your system. It will find compatible memory for you AND it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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I was thinking of upgrading my memory on my PC. I would rather do it myself since it costs a fortune more to have it done in a shop. My only trouble is which kind of memory should i buy, at what speed, and to which size. Somebody told me that it has to do with the motherboard. Is there a quick way to find out what kind of motherboard i have and then how can i find out which kind of memory can i buy and install?
Thanks in advance

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I have an old Dell Dimension 8200 (it's now a little over 5 years old). It has 512MB of RAM and I was thinking about upgrading it. I've been reading that since it runs with RDRAM (PC800, 184 pin RIMM) that I should only put that kind of memory in there. My friend (who has upgraded memory in a countless number of systems but is no technician by any means) says it's ok if I put 2 256MB DDR memory modules in there (I know that the system requires memory modules to be installed in pairs). I don't think it's a good idea to put the DDR in here, but I wanted to know for sure. I was thinking that I just buy two of the PC800 RDRAM modules. Thoughts?

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Hi, Have a PC running windows ME - Memory is 128MB RAM - Want to upgrade it..
Looking at the motherboard manual says I can upgrade to 512MB.(256 in each slot PC100/133 Tried to install 256 in each of 2 slots. Get bios beep errors. PC will not boot. Not sure if it's 3-3-1 or 4-3-1 beeps on pheonix bios. Get one beep when PC starts - then the sequence 3-3-1
One of which is CMOS battery error and the other RAM error. Tried each module separately but same error. The old memory works fine. No error beeps. Both new memory modules so don't believe can be both memory at fault. Why would the CMOS battery give error when works fine with original memory. (PC is about 7yrs old!!)
Any ideas how to check where the problem lies. Board is a P61WP-Fe (AMR Plus)


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This computer has a trigem imperial 1.02 mainboard with 256 mb of RAM.
I would like to increase the size of the memory to at least 512 mb but am confused by the descriptions of the different cards.
How would the memory I need be described?
best wishes

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I have an HP m7250n Desktop with 1GB of factory installed DDR2 SDRAM 240 pin (PC2-3200) boards. I have 2 open slots that I can install additional RAM. Can I use PC2-5300 speed memory boards as well as PC 2-3200?
Do you have recomendations for board manufactutrer ie, PNY, Kingston, Crucial etc??


A:Solved: Memory Upgrade

even in today's world,
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an easy-to-do-business-with company:

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Hi I am trying to upgrade the memory on my computer. It currently has 256mb in one memory slot and the other slot is empty. I purchased two Kingston KVR400D2N3/1G DDR2 SDRAM's Which according to the spec in my computer manual should be fine. I removed my old memory module and placed both my new module's in the relevent slots. All that happened was the computer fan started spinning faster than usual but nothing else happened. So I removed one and left one in the orignal used memory slot. The fan started again and there was a single loud click about every four seconds but nothing happened again so I removed that a put my old module back and everything was back to normal. Am I doing something wrong or is there a proper way of installing memory upgrade.

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I'm probably asking this question in the wrong place but i want to increase the memory on my computer, at present it is 512. Is it just a case of buying new memory and un pluging the old and pluging in the new if so what happens to all the stuff on the old memory. Any recomends on what to buy? thanks gazbag

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I have an older system that i would like to bring some life to for a short time if possible. It is a HP Pavilion 325c. Now specs say it can only be upgraded to 1GB max RAM, which I have done some time ago. Now the MOBO is a MSI MS-6390, and its specs say that it can be upgraded to 2GB RAM. Would like some insight on which to be true. Here are links to both HP and MSI spec sheets.
HP spec
MSI spec

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I have a Lenovo Y530 laptop. It currently has 4GB of memory (2 sticks of 2GB) installed occupying its 2 expansions slots. What I was wondering is whether or not it can handle additional memory if I installed 2 stick of 4GB each instead. The reason I have my doubts is that a utility I ran showed that the computer's "memory controller has a maximum memory of 4GB" yet it shows under logical/chipset memory banks that the maximum installable memory is 8GB. Sooo.... is the discrepancy a bottleneck of my system or what? By the way it is a windows 7 64bit system so i know i'm good on that.

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Hi guys!
by looking at previous problems with 2 iexplore.exe's and seeing how they are solved (which doesn't work for me) i decided to ask you guys so u can please help with this monstrosity that hijacked my computer while i was playing a stem game.

here is as much information i can give about this problem:

-it started with an internet explorer advertisement popping up randomly, then a component not working.
-Then every time i told the computer to shut down/open the internet, it would just pixelate on the screen and not respond, requiring a force shutdown(i have a memory leak problem im getting to fixing that is known for causing this problem if the computer's memory is too high)
-when it turns on, i get the blue screen of death, and it restarts into startup repair
-startup repair identifies the problem as:"Unspecified changes to the system configuration may of caused this problem" and then i can boot
-every logon there is 2 iexeplore.exe(lowercase) chewing up memory, a svchost.exe process that its description says: "svchost.exe 4" which has never been there before, an "sqlbrowser"(its location includes allot of variations, like sql????.exe where ???? could be random words)
-I checked both autorunexec.bat and config.sys and they were both blank/had a few random characters in it.(i think this causes the bad start)
-i have NO access to vista install disks, but i do to XP boot cd's which return the blue screen of death when trying to bo... Read more

A:[SOLVED] 2 iexplore.exe, lots of memory used, Startup repair constantly needed for bo


didn't want this to become inactive when its still a major problem :)

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Hello, I've updated my tech specs on my comp so clicking the computer icon next to my name will give you all the stats for my pc. Now, on to the main point: I'm looking to upgrade my current AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ processor to an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor and I've been told that to upgrade processors you need to update your BIOS before installing the new CPU.

If that is the case, (A) where would I go to get any updates for a M2N68-LA motherboard and (B) can anyone tell me if that'll make it work for sure?

Also I'd would appreciate any tips for changing out my processor as this will be my first time doing so. Thank you for any help

A:Solved: How do I update BIOS for my mobo? Needed to upgrade processor?

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I have a Gateway M150-XL Slate laptop. It came with two 1GB sticks of RAM, but I would like to upgrade to 3GB or 4GB of RAM. It has two RAM slots, but I've seen places online (CNET/Best Buy) where it says max supported RAM 2GB for my laptop. I went to Gateway's website and put my serial number in and it says:

Memory Upgrade Information
System Serial Number: 1102133509

Motherboard Part Number: 2905935R

Type of Memory Modules (shipped):
1024 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module (CRU/EURP)

Memory Installation Guide
Number of Memory Slots on Board: 2 (2 banks of 1)
Maximum Amount / Type of RAM that can be Installed:
4096MB DDR2 PC2-5300

So what can I do? Can I upgrade with two sticks of 2GB each. If so, where is a good place to find quality/inexpensive DDR2 PC2-5300 RAM? For example, I've been to TigerDirect but I only see PC5400. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: How much memory can I upgrade my system with?

According to what I read on the Gateway Support site the MAX Ram is 2 gig. and that is what the specs say it comes with. 2Gig 667 DDR2. Now that doesnt mean that the computer cant use more. But your OS may limit what would make sense for you to have.

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I want to know what information will i need to know in order to get a memory Upgrade

I do not want to pay a tech dude to do it for me I like to build computer myself
If you need my computer information like the model and everything like that i can edit this so that there is.
I want to put a 2GB of Ram in it

A:Solved: What information I need for a Memory Upgrade

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I have a 4 yr old Dell Dimension E510 with only the 512 memory it came with. The computer is painfully slow while playing online games and sometimes just surfing in general. I've done the disk clean-up, degragmentor, increased virtual memory, deleted cookies and all, and it's still slow. Only thing left I could think of is to install more memory.

I bought a PNY 2 x1 GB DDR2 PC2-5300 set from Staples today but before I open in, can anyone confirm that it's compatible with my computer and if it will even help?


A:Solved: Memory Upgrade advice

Looks perfect, Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 2GB per slot.*

Thats dual channel 2GB. It should make things run much better.

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I recently upgraded my Gateway Select 1200 PC from 128MB to 512MB - removing the old memory module and inserting one new memory module of 512MB. Everything seems to be working great - guess I got lucky. Now, I am in the process of installing a 2nd computer for my wife - a Compaq 6300US, which is coming with 128MB (got it at CompUSA auction for a good price). I want to upgrade the memory to 384MB and hopefully get as lucky as I was with the Gateway. My problem, no configurators seem to have the Compaq 6300US listed. I know it takes SDRAM DIMM of 16, 32, 64, 128, or 256MB, with maximuim 512MB. DIMM's must be 3.3v Unbuffered and ECC is not supported (per the limited information on Compaq's site). I have purchased a Kingston Module KVR-PC133/256. I am just hoping it works. I do know it has an empty slot. Should I put the additional memory in the first slot - heard somewhere that makes a difference sometimes If anyone out there has any experience with this particular computer, would appreciate your comments. Thanks!

A:Solved: Memory upgrade questions

First i would make sure you have the right type of memory - mainly in your case pc66, pc100, pc133. It's not good to mix pc133 with other speeds of ram. Sometimes it works just great but i wouldn't recommend it. With the odd exception all mainboards have more than 1 slot, with 3 being the norm. If all works you may be able to use the piece from your computer as well.

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Good evening all.

Over the years my PC has gradually slowed down until I eventually took the plunge and decided to increase the memory, I used the scanner on and upgraded from 1GB (2 x 512mb), to 2GB (2 x 1GB) and according to these new modules are supposedly compatible with my system. The old modules are labelled M2U51264DS8HC3G-5T 512MB DDR-4000mHZ-CL3 PC32200U-30331 and the new modules are labelled 1GB DDR PC2700 and the installation of the new modules seemed to go without a hitch, also my PC did speed up briefly but after a couple of days it has got even slower than it was before with half the memory and sometimes it freezes completely.

I have since scanned my PC for malware, just in case, and the free Avast did find and remove a couple of things including a trojan but this didn't make any difference whatsoever to the speed, which if anything is getting even slower.

That's about as much as I can manage so I was wondering if anyone can help me to speed up my PC up again or have I just wasted £50 of my hard earned?

Thanks in advance,


A:Solved: Memory upgrade problems.

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Dell Optiplex 990 desktop Windows 7 Enterprise

There were 2 sticks of ram 2gb each, I installed 2 additional sticks of memory 4gb each. Booted it up to a blue screen, I took the 2 4gb sticks out, and I still get a blue screen. I've tried booting up to safe mode, last known good config.. etc. Same blue screen appears. I ran through diagnostics with original memory in, with just 2 4gb sticks, and with the combination and everything for memory comes back fine.

blue screen =

Win32k.sys - Address FFFFF9600011CCA3 base at.......

A:Solved: BSOD After Memory Upgrade

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I have an HP Pavilion xf125 notebook, and would like to upgrade the memory. It has 384mb now. I don't know how much memory it will hold, or if it's even upgradable anymore since it's so old (2002 I think). The reason I want to upgrade is because it crashes pretty easy. I was thinking more memory would help solve this problem. Any advice would help... but no need to suggest I buy a new computer because I really don't use it all that much to justify the cost of a new one.

I also need a new battery for it, but don't really want to spend a lot... so looking for an inexpensive one. Not sure it's possible to find such a thing anymore. Yes, I have looked on HP's website and they don't have either memory or batteries for it.

Thanks for any helpful advice you can offer.

A:Solved: HP notebook memory upgrade?

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My daughter has my old HP Pavilion zd4800. It has 768MB of PC2700. I purchased 1 GB of Ultra RAM to upgrade the memory. They are all 333MHz DDR sodimms. According to the specs, the maximum is 1024 MB, so I should be able to just put it in & go, right? But when I do, it won't boot. I've tried in both slots. I've tried with & without the old modules in every configuration possible. (Even though the maximum is 1G, I tried to see if it would work with what I had.) Any ideas?

A:Solved: Laptop Memory Upgrade

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I have a HP Compaq dc5100 sff running xp pro sp2 it has 512meg and I want to upgrade to 2gig(2x1gig),the litriture says to use pc2-4200 DDR2, can I use pc2-5300 DDR2, will it work?

A:Solved: memory upgrade for dc5100 sff

The HP Compaq dc5100 Small Form Factor desktop has 4 RAM slots, supports a maximum of 4096 MB(4 GB) of RAM, and uses 240-pin, unbuffered, non-ECC DDR2 PC2-3200 or DDR2 PC2-4200 modules.

It's best to install matching modules of the same brand and speed so you don't risk a conflict or incompatibilty problem. If you mix speeds, all the modules will run at the speed of the slowest module.

Note: The CRUCIAL site says it can use DDR2 PC2-5300 modules, but the HP-Compaq service manual and the MEMORYSTOCK site says to use only DDR2-3200 or DDR2-4200 modules.


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Hi all,
I want to upgrade our computers memory and before I would just open the tower and look at what was used BUT this time I am running into a bit of a problem. The memory in the tower says PC-2 4300 512 mb
This is computer info
Acer Aspire e 380
Windows Vista
1 gb Ram
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor

I am looking at samsung memory and a Ultra memory module How can I be sure they will work for me before I buy them???
The Samsung memory is 2 -1024 mb PC4200 533 mhz 240 pin DDR2 Dimm and the Ultra memory is PC 4200 533 mhz 1024 mb. I tried to find a memory checker for samsung and Ultra but had no luck.
Your help is truly appreciated. Thank you

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I have a packard bell desktop that had 1gb RAM 512 in each slot. Just bought 4gb (2x2gb) to replace the 1gb. Each module appears to work in either slot but not together. When I boot with both modules in I get a very rapid beep when I boot up and windows xp won't load. It all works fine however with just 1 module of 2gb in place.

I am running windows xp home SP3. I have been into the bios/cmos when the 2gb is in to see if I need to change anything but there is nothing I can see to change. It does show 2gb!

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: RAM Memory Upgrade Problem

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I would like to upgrade my memory on the following computer. I have attached a scan from everest. i have 4 memory modules and I have in a 512 stick and in another i have 128.
i ran a scan from crucial and they did not have any "matches" for my system. Ideas?

A:Solved: upgrade memory for my computer

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I have a gateway MX8711 laptop. My processor is 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache and im looking to upgrade my memory. Would adding 2 1gig PC2-5300 667MHz 200-pin SODIMM DDR2 memory work well with the computer even though it is 667MHz and the processor is only at 533MHz. The factory installed memory (2 512mb) is also at 533MHz which I would not use anymore. This is the link for the memory that I am looking at and this is the link for my system specs Crucial says that it is compatable but I just want to make sure.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Solved: Memory upgrade question

Faster memory will run fine at the lower speed.

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PNY - Optima 2-Pack 4GB (8GB Total) PC3-10666 DDR3 SoDIMM Laptop Memory Kit

This is the memory I am looking at from Best Buy to upgrade my wife's computer for her birthday. I was going to buy her a new computer but money and plans changed. I still want to improve her computing experience, so a new battery and upgrading from her stock 3G of memory to 8G seems like the way to go.
She has an Acer Aspire Model 5552

I just want to make sure there's nothing I need to do other than ground myself before pulling and swapping the memory sticks...

A:Solved: Laptop memory upgrade ???

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i going to add memory to an old compaq owned by a friend.
it has 192mb now, i want to increase to the max allowed of 256.

my question is, i've never had to remove any before to upgrade just add on.
there is only 2 slots for mem. so i have to change a 64mb with a 128mb.
when i remove the 64 am i gonna loose anything she has stored on her computer?

this may seem like a dumb question but i'm trying to make points with this girl i just wanna be sure

A:Solved: memory upgrade question


OK. Well, most likely nothing will happen to the HDD where all the software and data files are stored but you never know when fiddling inside a PC.

And you sound like you know just enough to be dangerous. Just kidding..

To be on the safe side, you should probably backup any important files she has to a CD or portable USB drive first.

Removing the ram stick is fairly easy. Just push the white tabs on either end down till the ram stick pops out. Then plug in the new one.

When you first boot up afterwards the BIOS may detect the change and require you to go into Setup to confirm the change.

Hopefully the new stick you're putting in will be compatible (you never really know til you try) with the old 128mb stick and everything will work out just fine.

Good luck!

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I have a Dell Inspirion 2200 that has 1x256 PC2700, I would like to increase the memory. I have 2x256 PC2100, I can not find anywhere an answer. I know that I have been able to replace damaged PC 2700 with PC 2100 in a desktop. I am unsure it the same is so in laptops. Thank's

A:Solved: Memory upgrade (Sort of)

The Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop comes with a non-removable 256 MB module.

It has an empty bay for adding a second module.

It supports a maximum of 1280 MB of RAM.

That means you can add a 256 MB or 512 MB or 1024 MB(1 GB) module to that empty bay.

It uses 200-pin DDR PC2700 SODIMM modules.

By adding a 1024 MB(1 GB) DDR PC2700 module to the empty bay, you can max out the RAM in that laptop.

You didn't mention which version of Windows you have in that laptop, so I'll assume it's Windows XP.


If you currently have 2 - 256 MB 200-pin DDR PC2100 SODIMM modules, you can add one of them to the empty bay.

I wouldn't advise that you do that though because it'll cause both modules to run at the slower DDR PC2100 speed.


Here is an image of what a 200-pin DDR PC2700 SODIMM looks like.


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I have a Gateway Select 1200 computer with 128MB installed. I would like to upgrade it to 512MB - by adding a 128MB module and a 256MB module. I asked Gateway and they advised me I have 2 DIMM slots supporting 4 banks memory.

When I ran Belarc Advisor profile, it shows 128MB in Slot DIMM 1, with Slot DIMM2 and Slot DIMM3 as empty. (Three slots) I am not sure what I have. I have ordered one 256MB DIMM module and one 128 DIMM module from Crucial, but now am wondering if I can install both of them.

I am not sure what the terminology "2 DIMM slots supporting 4 banks of memory" really means. Would I have to install two 256MB Dimm modules to accomplish the 512MB total, or can I use the existing 128MB and add 128MB and 256MB to accomplish this.

Would I be just about as well off to install just the 256MB module and have a total of 384MB? (Providing I don't have two slots available)

Very confused. Anyone shed some light on this for me? I am in the dark!

A:Solved: Memory upgrade questions

Well crucial agrees with belarc, seems gateway may be wrong.\

System Info:
Maximum memory: 768MB
Standard memory: 128MB removable
Slots: 3 (3 banks of 1)
Explanation of memory terms
This is for a select 1200 per crucial

3 slots, you should be able to install all three dimms

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I wish to have a memory upgrade but I have a few questions.
I have 2 slots both contain non-parity DDR PC27000 256MB memory sticks.
I know that my system supports upto 2048MB (2GB) maximum.
1)If I upgraded both slots to 256MB DDR PC3200 would I notice the difference or can I actually do this ?In other words because my system has PC2700 , is that the only type it supports or can I put in PC3200 and would it be beneficial to do this ?

2)Can I leave a 256MB PC2700 in one of the slots and put say for instance a 512MB PC2700 in the other , 768MB total as opposed to the 512MB I have at the moment ?

3)Can I just take both out and put 1GB PC2700 in both slots , what would happen ?

4)If I put 1GB PC3200 in both slots would there be any difference to putting in 2 PC2700 sticks ?

I apologise if these questions are obvious or trivial to some of you more experienced types but it is not till recently that I have started to fiddle about with the hardware so I am in need of some expert coaching here , as per usual thanks in advance people !

A:Solved: Memory upgrade questions.

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Hi folks!

I'm looking at increasing PC memory and need some pointers, please. I currently have 3 slots for memory. 2 of them are used with a 32MB and a 64MB cards. Both are SDRam.

What I could do with knowing is what can I upgrade to? Is it determined by the motherboard or processor or...what?

Any advise would be welcomed, as I'm not well up on the intricacies of memory!!



A:Solved: Memory upgrade advise sought!

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vaio won't restart after memory upgrade
My Vaio was so slow I went to and ran their system scan to see if I could add memory. I bought their recommended 2 gig kit and removed my 512 card , installed their two 1 gig cards and then my system started just fine. I re-ran Crucials scan and it showed I only had 1 gig installed and one empty slot. So I shut down, removed and reinserted the two one gig cards, both clicked in just fine, but now when I started my Vaio again I just get a black screen. Lights on, I hear the fan running, but no start up. Any suggestions? Crucial support is closed for the night.

A:Solved: vaio won't start after memory upgrade

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I currently have 2- 256MB of DDR333/PC2700 in my system. The maximum is 2GB of 2700 or 3GB of 2100. I was wondering if I could add one 512MB of DDR266/PC2100 in the 3rd slot for a total of 1024MB Ram. My ASUS user's manual says that if more than 2 DIMMS of 2700 is installed the system will revert to a maximum speed of 266. Since I'm not adding a 3rd 2700 DIMM what will happen? Or should I just get the 2700 and let it revert back to 266Mz?

A:Solved: Asus A7S333 Memory Upgrade

In order to achieve optimum performance you would want to run pc2700 ram. By mixing pc2700 and 2100 you would default to 266 regardless.

Common question really. If i were in your shoes i would think about ditching one or both of the 256mb sticks and install 2x512mb sticks of pc2700.

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I''ve just upgraded my Athlon AMD XP computer from 512 Mb to 2G kingston RAM in two sticks. On first boot it gave me "CMOS settings wrong". I went in and noticed the time was incorrect, so changed it, and altered settings to "Best performance settings". I then shutdown as am concerned I might cause damage.

Is there anything I need to do. The HowTo's I've read dont mention CMOS changes.


A:Solved: Memory upgrade gives CMOS error

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Alright, guys. Now before you go dissing my laptop, try to keep in mind that I was looking for a machine that did everything I wanted for $200, and found that (I didn’t spend a penny more). My PC handles the intense stuff – but this laptop chats with buddies, surfs the web and loads USB homework papers at most, usually. I didn’t need anything super, but it came with a docking station, battery, their carrying case, cable, RW drive, PC cards among other little tools I got hooked up with, and happens to support my every camera/scanner/external drive/etc toy that I have!

And unlike other 1999 laptops, this one has a very easy-to-access upgrade area. I can remove the hard drive in the blink of an eye. Just wanted to mention that - in the past, I'd post about a question and all I got in reply was, "You overpaid for that piece of crap" instead of help.

I have the following machine:

Link with the exact photo is here
(Notice the digital display at the top of the keyboard – looks exactly like mine)

But the Pentium II version explanation is here
(please read the brief explanation and scroll down to the 333MHz version)

Hard to believe that in 1999, totaling everything I got in the deal would have been over $3000.

ANYWAY. It might also be important to mention that I threw XP Pro on it (auto driver installtion, please!), and am ... Read more

A:Solved: DIMM Memory upgrade advice?

According to Crucial
the Micron Transport NX can hold a maximum of 384MB SODIMM RAM
Since they recommend of 128MB module I would assume that each slot would accept at least that size. At present your notebook has 192MB.

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I have replaced memory in other computers in the past but this new INspiron seems to have an additional step in the process: temp. removal of PCI cards before new mem. install. What"s up with that?
The instuctions are straightfoward enough but is the procedure necessay? Also, the sticks must be installed in a certain order?
Thanks, Doc...

A:Solved: memory upgrade in Dell Inspiron 531

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I really used to be up on the latest and greatest thing in personal computers. It’s easy to get behind. So I learned the hard way that DDR 184 pin memory won’t work in a DDR2 240 pin slot. Oh it will fit into the slot with much persuasion but it won’t work.

I have an HP Pavilion a1120n Media Center PC. It has 4 (2 banks of 2) memory slots. 2 blue slots and 2 black slots. My PC came with 2 256 MB PC-2 3200 DDR SDRAM memory (it says that on the label on the front of the machine). Apparently the PC-2 is what I ignored from the start. I think that was the clue that I missed, telling me that I should have ordered DDR2 memory, which has 240 pins. 120 pins on each side.

I ordered the suggested memory upgrade kit from The 184 pin DDR memory that they sent to me looked like the memory I had in my Pavilion. After some very sore thumbs the memory did go into the slot, but when I turned the computer on, it would not start up. After 4 calls to HP, I still did not understand what was going on. After searching the Web, I was thinking that maybe I did have DDR2 memory in my machine. At a loss, I turned my Pavilion off, grounded myself, pulled one of my DIMMs out and counted the pins on the front of my memory. Sure enough I counted 120 pins. Even on the phone with HP they kept suggesting the 184 pin memory. I did call them back and told them that I counted 120 pins on my memory and the technician did not know what that meant.

At any rate, I’m glad my Media Center PC has... Read more

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Hi folks,

A simple question...Am wanting to up my XP system RAM to a gig by adding another 512mb (only two slots on the motherboard).
The module currently installed is a 512mb PC2700 (333MHZ).
If I added another 512mb stick of PC2100 @ 266MHz would I really notice a difference?

I realize the slower module would be my weakest link, but would I really notice the slow-down in apps like 3D games and photo editing progs?

Reason I ask is because I found a module on ebay that (for now) is a much better price than what's generally available.
(Spoken like a true cheapskate, no? )

A:Solved: Memory Upgrade (?) question...PC2700 to PC2100

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Hi all. I have a new Acer Aspire One A0722 that I got on sale for really cheap at Target. I really like the machine but sometimes Windows seems slow. I wonder if it needs more memory since I read this forum and it seems like additional memory would make things more responsive for me.

Does anybody know how to do a memory upgrade on this Acer? Pictures would be greatly appreciated as I am somewhat computer dumb and have not done anything like this before.

Thx to you in advance. Really appreciate it!!!

A:Solved: How to upgrade memory on Acer Aspire One A0722

It's a netbook. More memory is not going to improve the performance significantly. If you just bought it, and you think it's slow, I suggest you take it back and buy a regular laptop with a more powerful processor.

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Im new here and consider myself reasonably knowledgeable about pc hardware. Hope things wont get too complicated.

Yesterday I've upgraded my memory from 8 to 16 gb. I know that timings are important when adding memory to an existing module, the same goes for voltage. But when I checked my specs after installing it, I noticed different JDEC clock speeds available to the new module. However the 800mhz speeds show the exact same timings

The question is: Will this cause problems?

Added image:


A:Solved: Memory upgrade, Timing difference issue?

Regardless of what is available, the system will only use speeds in common to all installed sticks.

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Hi all,
I just added an edge 256MB 3.3v 168 pin SDRAM DIMM PC-133 on my Gateway P4 1.5Ghz with 256MB already in there.

After the install, my monitor went to 4bit color on and 800x600 display with no other options available to select. removing the upgraded memory had no effect, neither did;
-troubleshooting the monitor driver
-checking drivers for NVIDIA Geforce2 MX 200
-Reducing the hardware acceleration to minimum

Any ideas on what to try next?

A:Solved: color display probs after memory upgrade

Try reseating the video card. You may have bumped it while you were inside the machine. Ram itself wouldn't cause this to happen to my knowledge.

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One of our older (2003) Gateway 300S computers at work running Windows XP home gives a low memory warning when opening certain MS-Excel files. When I checked the system settings I found out that it only had 128 Meg of RAM. Entering the serial number on the Gateway site shows that this #5000643 256 MB, PC133, 168 Pin DIMM SDRAM is a suitable part to increase the memory:

Someone went to the local Fry's at lunchtime and, based on the salesperson's recommendations, purchased a 256 MB PQI 48750 / MS3856UOE part as described here:

It fit and locked into the second slot on the motherboard with no problems. All I got was 3 long POST beeps when I turned the computer on and that is as far as it went for boot up. I powered down and then tried just the new memory in the slot used for the original 128 MB part and got the same POST beeps. The computer still boots normally with just the original 128 MB of RAM.

Am I missing some detail in the specs that makes this new memory not compatible with the Gateway 300S or could we have just purchased a bad part?

A:Solved: Gateway 300S Memory Upgrade Problems

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I've been looking at the Surface Pro and other tablet/laptop convertible machines fitted with Win 8. The top-end models usually offer only flash memory in stead of a hard drive. The standard 128 GB flash memory available seems hopelessly inadequate for storing Win 8, a full range of programs and a decent amount of data. Most of these thin, expensive models have only one or two USB ports available. Where must the necessary memory come from? Must an external hard drive be carried along? Nothing wears a USB port out more quickly than a fairly heavy external device such as a hard drive dangling from it in mobile situations.

A:Lack of needed memory on flash memory Win 8 machines

You can add extra storage with SD cards on some of them. It's not ideal but better than nothing I guess.

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I have just bought some new memory, 2 x 1 gig, inserted it and ran the test. I get one error in the Stride38 test. Address expected is different to the one returned.

I know which chip it is, should I send it back, or is this 1 error acceptable for the system?

Thanks for your response

A:MEMORY UPGRADE - Windows Memory Diagnostics Flags 1 Stride38 Error

please read the sticky about upgrading memory.

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So... I've been playing Hellgate London a lot lately and would like to clean up my memory after (or even while?) playing the game because it's what it is. Any recommendations? I've used several of these programs in the past with my previous computer but have forgotten about all of them. Also, as a wish, I'd like a program that only does what I need it to do, free unused memory. No all-in-one solutions, and preferably freeware, not shareware. This program is needed for my XP rig in my spec box.
Next, a program for "work". I capture old VHS tapes for the local sports association thingy, then convert them (because the capturer is crap and craps any movie that's longer than 5 minutes, and I have to convert before I can burn them) and scan their covers and edit them to fit 12x12 cm CD covers. I would like to have the computer left to capture or burn a 2 hour movie before I leave for home, and shut down after that. I only need a timed operation, though having it automatically shutdown after the job is done (let's say CPU load goes under 35% for 5 mins as a rule to shutdown) would be a plus.

Thanks for any suggestions!

A:Solved: Memory "sweeper" and shutdown scheluder programs needed

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I have a home built ASUS A7N8X2 Deluxe MoBo with an AMD Athlon XP 2800+ CPU. I upgraded Win XP Pro to VISTA Ultimate with no problems other than upgrading a few drivers. It went smoothly. At the time I had 1 GB in one of 3 available slots. I attempted to add 2 GB more to occupy all 3 slots. This produced a reboot after POST as VISTA started. I rotated the the modules through all slots and finally realized that when I went beyond 2 GB it produced a reboot. During post it tests 3 GB and the BIOS displays 3 GB. I have 512MB of RAM on the video card. Any suggestions ?? I am running the latest BIOS and if I remove one GB the machine boots and runs great... ???? Ron

A:VISTA Ultimate Upgrade Reboots with Memory Upgrade to 3 GB

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I want to upgrade the memory of one of the pc's in our house. I get low memory alerts often and I can't delete much else to create room. I have never opened up a pc before, and I don't want to screw up and make things worse. The pc in question is a HP Pavilion a1150Y with a Intel Pentium 4 (3.00 GHz). OS is Windows XP SP2. It came with 512MB RAM and I would like to go up 2GB. I went to, ran the system scan, and it says that this type of memory can go into that pc: "DDRII memory with support for DDR2 PC2-4200,DDR2 PC2-5300,DDR2 PC2-6400,DDR2 PC2-8500 speeds." I don't know what speed I should be installing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:How Do I Check Memory Speed To Upgrade Memory?

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Hello together !

For your information:

Did a memory upgrade today at 2 Toshiba Satellite Pro 2100 (1,9 GH, 256 MB DDR-RAM originally), both up to 1 GB, all fine and not problems.

Just wanted to end rumours about "only 512 MB all together" or even less.

If searching for it, remember to think of the specifications:

DDR-266 (PC2100)
200 PIN
CL 2.5

concerning RAM frequency, building form etc.



P.S.: Don`t think a discussion is necessary, thread could therefore be closed...

A:Satellite Pro 2100 - RAM Upgrade - Memory Upgrade

According the notebook specification Satellite Pro has two memory slots and can be upgraded up to 1 GB. It is very useful to have your confirmation about RAM upgrade for this old but still good notebook model.

Have a nice day.

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I have a Qosmio G30-201, with the following spec:
- Intel? Centrino? Duo Mobile Technology featuring Intel? Core?2 Duo Processor T7400- Genuine Windows? XP Media Center Edition- 400 (200 + 200) GB Hard Disk Drive- 2,048 (1,024+1,024) MB DDR2 RAM (533 MHz)- 17" Toshiba TruBrite? WUXGA TFT display- HD DVD-ROM drive

Running under Vista Ultimate

I would like to upgrade the memory to 4096.

Do I have to buy 4096 of memory, or can I add 2048?

What memory do i buy? Toshiba do not seem to sell MB DDR2 RAM (533 MHz) after 4 years. What other memory would be suitable?

Many thanks,

Best regards


A:Re: How to upgrade memory on Qosmio G30-201 and where to buy memory

Your notebook can handle with 4GB of RAM and I recommend you to use 2 x 2GB module.
Compatible 2 GB module has part number PA3513U-1M2G or Kingston KTT667D2/2G.

Put the part umber in Google and you will find a place where you can order it in your country.


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I need some help. My PC is shutting down down every now telling that my memory is not enough.

Can any one help me to clean up my memory and also see if there is no virus affected or hacked.

I have also a small pb, my spybot starts whenever i open my PC. It is the first application that works even before any other application starts. can any one help me to configure it so it is opening not at the beginning but only when i want it?

A:Memory pb help needed

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i have a dell inspiron 1501 and when i check my memory it says i only have 446 mb of ram when they only make 512mb now so i was told before that my memory was being shared with my video memory so i was wondering how to seperate it

A:ram memory help needed

Hello and Welcome to TSF.

Since you have laptop, your only option is to add more ram.

The only way to eliminate the use of onboard graphics is to install a video card, and AFAIK that can't be with laptops.

I would recommend having closer to 1gb of ram with Vista anyway. It's a memory hog.

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I have an older Toshiba laptop,P205-S7806. I want to upgrade the memory but was told it came with 2gb and that's all it can hold,it is a 32bit. I am not computer savvy by no means so please any help,make it simple. I was told I could change it from the 32bit to 64bit,is this really easy and then can I use more memory..thanks for any help you give me..

A:Memory needed

They were correct, 2GB is the max for your notebook.

Memory Upgrade for Toshiba Satellite P205-S7806 Laptop
Crucial® Memory Advisor results for the Toshiba Satellite P205-S7806 Laptop/Notebook.
Toshiba Satellite P205-S7806 Memory Upgrades

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My system get slow on some program. Could more memory help to accelerate them

PC Q99600 Asus P5B 2.4Mhz
Memory 6G
Windows 64

Drive: SSD 128K

I understand the limit of 3G for the old Windows XP. My Win 7 is 64, but many applications ( majority) do run under 32bit. I suppose that these programs running under 32 bit have the same limitation about the memory.

- Could increasing my memory could help to get better performance?
- Should I select to run Microsoft Office in 64 and all available software in 64?

Is it a good idea to overclock (within the limit) and proper heatsink?

Any info appreciated


A:More memory needed?

You should definitely use 64-Bit programs when available. I don't think you really need more RAM unless you are running out of space. If you know what you are doing as far as overclocking goes, then I say yes(if you have a overclock-able CPU).

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My laptop has 2 GB ram total in 2 sticks and im wanting to add more, I have scanned with Crucial and got the memory info I need but am a bit confused over the numerous types of the stick I need.Crucial says I have DDR2-PC2 5300 unbuffered NON-ECC 1.8v 256MEG x 64,,,I am not sure what all that means and so could someone tell me which I need, I have searched and there is lots of DDR2 PC2 5300 but with numerous stats after and I don't know which will fit my laptop

A:Memory help needed

Most RAM will be non-ECC and that's what you want.

It's nearly always mentioned in the specifications at the seller's site, whether that is Newegg, Amazon, or Crucial.

You could buy directly from Crucial if you want. Or get the Crucial part number and locate it at somewhere like Newegg.

Or buy another good brand like Kingston, Corsair, or Gskill.

You should also probably go to the laptop manufacturer's web site and locate your laptop. There should be a specification sheet for that laptop that will tell you the maximum memory it can take and what the specs must be. Pay attention to that.

The Crucial configurator is highly accurate, but not perfect.

The main things to pay attention to are the voltage, ECC or non-ECC, buffered or unbuffered, type (DDR 2, DDR 3, etc), speed (PC2 5300 for instance). You also need to make sure you are getting the right DIMM specification---DDR2 for a laptop is typically 200 pin, as far as I know.

Here's a bunch of DDR2 200 pin DIMMs at Newegg. All of it 1.8 volt, but varying speeds and latencies.

Computer Hardware, Memory, Laptop Memory, New, DDR2 400 (PC2 3200), DDR2 533 (PC2 4200), DDR2 667 (PC2 5200), DDR2 667 (PC2 5300), DDR2 800 (PC2 6400... -

Are you replacing your existing RAM? Or keeping it and adding more? I assume you just have 2 RAM slots? If you have 2 slots and are replacing all existing RAM, you'd need to buy a set of 2 sticks sold as a single unit--either two sticks of 2 GB each (4 GB total) or 2 sticks of 4 GB ea... Read more

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I might buy memory for my really slow computer, but first I have to know how it costs and what type I would need.

I have a

Dell XPS R450
Intel Pentium II Processor
448 MHz
128 MB of RAM.

I was thinking of getting another 128 of ram, thinking it will speed up my computer a lot.

Does anyone know if my theory is true, that it will speed up my computer?

And also what type would I need and how much will it cost?

Thanks a lot!

A:Memory Needed

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or is it just a big money game...i eman im building a pc for $3000 and i want good stuff but i don't wanna spend UNNECESSARY money on such a stupid mistake like choosing the memory. i have read the reviews on both kidns of memory and there both now i ask for help...which is the ebtter value ALL around(not jsut money)
some opinions would be great on this subject

Thanks to all who contribute any opinions!

A:Opinions On Memory Needed Please!

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i need to upgrade my memory. I know that i already have SDRAM installed. Is this all you need to know when purchasing more?

In case not, I have copied and pasted the details of my computer, hoping that someone can advise me about what kind of memory i need to go out and buy.

Thanks in advance.


System Alphacode Search

Alpha Code U117 System Name Studio Writer
Description U117 STUDIO WRITER

Processor Athlon 800 Memory 128MB SDRAM
Mainboard MS-6340 KM Case MICRO ATX TOWER
I/O PCI IDE (ENHANCED) PSU Delta DPS-145PB-111 A Rev00
Comms 56K Modem-CNR

Restore Pack Restore Pack 1: V1.4 ME Extras CD

Addition Tiny Extras CD V1.5 Addition DVD Rom 6x
Addition CDRW Addition Onboard Wavetable 32

A:memory needed but unsure

This should be what you need

SDRAM, PC133 • CL=2 • Unbuffered • Non-parity • 7.5ns • 3.3V

You can check using configurator, although there are about 5 different motherboards with that number they looked like they all used the above, the last configuration info on the above is missing as that changes with the size of the chip you but

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I have a co-worker asking me what memory card does he need to expand his memory and I don't have a clue. I tried looking on some retailer sites and I just get more confused. He has an older computer and this is what he has;

Compaq 4400US Series 4000
Intel Celeron 1.3 ghz
128 mb Syncdram total system memory
40 gb ultradma hard drive
24xmax cd-rw drive with easy cd creator software
56k v.90 modem
MS windows xp home

Any advice you can give me that I can pass on to him would be appreciated.

A:What Memory Card is Needed

From your summary of the system he definitely does need to add RAM. It looks as though he has SDRam installed and that's getting harder to get now. If he wants to try getting it I would go for 2 sticks of SDRam, each stick having a capacity of 256meg (total 512meg). The system is only capable of seeing 512 meg of RAM and can only be installed via the 2 chip method I described above. Also, it appears that the Presario 4400US uses proprietary RAM which means buying it through HP/Compaq. Generic RAM is most likely not going to work in it.

Suggest to your friend that it would probably be a good time to upgrade to a more modern system. Any money spent on that system will be dead money as most of the parts won't be compatible with an upgraded system (especially the RAM).

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Hey Guys Was Wondering If Anyone Could Reccomend Some Suitable Ram Uprgrades For My P.c. I Have A Carillon Ac-1 Audio P.c. I'm Looking To Spend Around 100 Gbp But Im Willing To Shop Around. I Use The P.c Mainly For Audio Puporses But Also Play The Latest Games So I Need Something Fairly Good. The Audio Software I Use Is Cubase Sl3 And Kontakt 2 Often With Lots Of Plug-ins. I Have Noticed That When I Have Alot Of Instruments Loaded In My Sampler (kontakt) That There Are Little Glitches And I Get Low Memory Warnings. So I Need To Get Somehthing To Fix This. I Am A Little Confused Between Ddr And Ddr 2 What Are The Differences And Benifits? Also What Are The Different pc Speeds For AND WHAT EXACTLY DOES DUAL CHANNEL MEMORY DO? Anyhelp Would Be Greatly Appreciated. Regards

Intel Pentium 4 540, 3200 MHz
AsRock 775i65GV
512MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
Zalman Silent CPU Cooler
Leadtek Winfast A400 TDH Geforce 6800
E-mu 1820
Hard Disk(s):
120GB Seagate Baracuda
Other Drives:
DVD RW Drive
Carillon AC-1
Other Peripherals:
E-Mu X-Board

A:More memory needed for audio P.C! DDR or DDR 2?

hello tyleronline your pc looks like it takes ddr pc 3200 ram do you courintly have 2x 256 or one 512 gb sitck of ram in your computer

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Vista X64 Business
8 gigs ram, Bios set to use all of it. .

currently open:
windows task manager
resource monitor
ie 7, thee windows
windows explorer

windows task master says:
Memory graph - 1.55 GIGS used

Physical memory box
Total 8190
Cached 7119
Free 17

Resource monitor says
19% used, which would be 1.55

so why am i cahching so much memory? or is the cahced memory inaccrate calculation?



A:Memory interpretation needed

I'd suggest not worrying about memory usage statistics unless you're a developer tweaking your code or you're experiencing problems which you suspect could be related to (lack of) available memory.

The days when "used" and "free" memory were complimentary numbers which would add up to your total installed RAM are long gone. Even XP and Win2K no longer worked that way. To give you an example, in Task Manager parlance "available" means the memory is unassigned, or it is assigned but can be quickly repurposed, or it is assigned but is already in the process of being repurposed.

Vista also adds "superfetch" which attempts to move stuff into memory proactively based on your past usage patterns - portions of an app may already be occupying memory because the OS suspects you're about to use them.

If there's no perceptible problem, don't worry about the numbers.

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I need a memory test for an issue with Chrome
Was asked by a Global Moderator to post here

A:Memory test needed

Hi f-ingComputer You can test your RAM sticks using Memtest86+. I suggest you to run a test on each stick individually, this way if one is bad, you'll be able to identify it right away and not have to repeat the process on each of them. Be sure to test all your RAM sticks.Follow the instructions in the thread below. They are pretty straightforward and easy to follow.

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I am looking to upgrade the memory in my Compaq Presario S7150. I currently have 256mb and i'm looking to stick in another 256 or possibly 512.

The only problem is i dont have a clue what type is supposed to go in.

Please could someone tell me how i find out what type i need because its driving me mad looking for it.

As you may have guessed i'm not that technical, so any replies in ***** speak would be appreciated.


A:Type of memory needed

Keep in mind you only have 2 memory slots. Id get the 512mb.

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Hey, Guys. I have noticed that whenever you go to a site that sells memory, and they have a 'Memory configurator' that has you enter your MB or system, it ALWAYS comes back recommending their most expensive memory modules. Now, I don't doubt that you need the best memory possible if you are doing extensive graphics or video work. But, for an old (06 or so) HP Compaq Presario V2000 laptop that will mostly be used for surfing the net, viewing some youtube videos and writing some CDs, wouldn't somewhat cheaper memory suffice? It uses DDR PC2700 Non ECC. The poor laptop was given to me recently and it runs like a turtle right now...all it needs is memory. The computer is in excellent condition and looks new. WinXP Pro shows something like 380 megs of memory. (I assume the two memory sticks it now has are 256megs apiece) I'm going to install 2Gs, but the price runs from about $7.00/G to $28.00/G. I would prefer not have to spend $50.00 on this memory if I don't need to. I would like to go with a mid price range.
What do you think?

By the way, I will be staying with WinXP Pro (and/or Linux) on this machine even after support ends next year. I am sure the only thing I could upgrade to on this is Vista, and I don't like it.

A:Most expensive Memory REALLY needed?

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I recently upgraded my Windows 7 laptop from 4GB of physical memory to 8 GB. The Bios immediately recognized the added memory but it appears the Task Manager physical memory has not changed and only recognizes ~3.5 GB of available memory. Is there a way
to have Task Manager recognize the added memory? Is the fact that the Task Manager does not recognize the added memory mean other functions are not recognizing the added memory?

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I have this computer i screw around with upgrade here and there for gaming and just informational usage.

I have a Gigabyte motherboard GA-965P-DS3. I've looked into my motherboard and I see it can handle the Intel Core2 Extreme Quad Core processer. Does this mean it can also handle the Intel i7 Quad Core 950?

The Intel Core2 Extreme Quad Core retails for like $1,800 dollars before tax I don't have that kind of money.

Thanks for your help. - Boss

A:Help Needed (upgrade)

Wouldn't let me edit my last post?

Anyways here is some more information.


Thats the motherboard I have. I have the Intel Core2 Duo in my machine now.

My Machine:

Operating System System Model
Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) (build 7600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
4096 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 965P-DS3
Bus Clock: 266 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F3 01/12/2007
Drives Memory Modules c,d
319.97 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
246.45 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165H6S ATA Device [Optical drive]

ST3320620AS [Hard drive] (320.07 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 3QF0G7KM, rev 3.AAE, SMART Status: Healthy 8192 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A2' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A3' has 1024 MB
Local Drive Volumes
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 319.97 GB 246.45 GB free

Controllers Display
ATA Channel 0 [Controller] (3x)
ATA Channel 1 [Controller] (3x)
Intel® ICH8 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 2825
Intel® ICH8 4 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 2820
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+ [Display adapter]
Samsung SyncM... Read more

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I hope this is the right place to post. But i was just wondering do you think i should upgrade?

My current hardware looks like this:

ASRock K7S8X R 3.0 mobo
Amd Athlon XP 1800+ Palamino cpu
Samsung PC2100 512MB ram
Connect3D Radeon 9550 256MB graphics
120GB Total HDD space

And if so can you recommend some parts that i should be looking at?

Thanks in advance

A:Upgrade needed?

What exactly are you trying to accomplish?

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I am looking for some advice on what I can do to upgrade my current pc.

Its a Gateway 500c I bought new back in 2001. After playing oblivion on a friends computer, mine feels like a freaking atari system.

Anyhow here is what I am dealing with:

Gateway 500c

Intel P4 1.5 ghz processor

Intel for gateway el paso motherboard (socket 478)
Here's a link with more info:

Nvidia Geforce2 MX400 AGP video card

512mb PC133 memory

According to the link the motherboard can handle P4 cpu's of 400 mhz fsb, up to 1.5 gigs of memory and a 4X video card.

I would like to upgrade the cpu, video and memory capabilities.

I was looking at these upgrades, 2.4 or 2.6 P4 400mhz fsb processor, PNY Geforce 6200 128mb DDR 4X AGP video card and add a 256mb module or even run 1.0 gig of memory. These upgrades run under $ 300 total.

Would this be a decent way to go? Any advice would help.

The rest of the computer is in good shape, drives etc.

What about replacing the motherboard, cpu and vid card etc? A better way to go?

Let me know what you think.

Btw, the comp is used mostly for gaming and internet usage. I am not trying to build a super gaming pc, just upgrade some things for better performance.

A:PC upgrade help needed!

Uncle rico said:

What about replacing the motherboard, cpu and vid card etc? A better way to go?Click to expand...

Yup, I think so. First things first though,
can you tell us how much you're willing to spend?
Do you want to play oblivion on the pc?

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I am getting messages saying that my" minimum virtual memory is low". Computer is accessing the hard drive a-lot. I would appreciate some advice on how much memory I can safely allocate to virtual memory.

Many Thanks.

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Compaq Presario 061
System Model DW256A-ABA SR1030N NA510
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~2166 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.05, 4/23/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"

Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 91.06 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.35 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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Is there a place in control panel that I can go that will tell me if I need to buy PC 100 or PC 133 memory?

The processor is 333 Pentium.

A:How to find type of memory needed

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how much ram is needed to run vista smoothly?

i just bought a dell xps 1210 laptop and its kinda slow and choppy i only have a gig of ram

and will the laptop still function if i just take out the ram in it right now and go buy a better one at frys? will any of them work?

A:How much memory is needed to run vista smoothly?

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