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memory help please asap

catwoman Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
Hi,
Thought about getting some more memory for my desktop -went to crucial website downloaded the file that works with Vista and it tells me i have 4 banks , 3 free and one has 512mb ram pc2-5300 and they have nothing compatible !?
When i clicked and checked on my computer system it tells me i have 1022mb memory ?!
Help i am now confused as to what i actually have installed? :?
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
I recommend a little program called CPU-Z - it's a free download and doesn't even need installed, it will tell you exactly what processor you have installed and more relevently it will also tell you exactly what type of memory you have in each bank of your PC. I think it's on the memory tab you simply choose the drop down box to move through each of the slots.

Do you know what make and model of PC you have?

I'm puzzled why Crucial wouldn't have anything, I'm guessing PC2-5300 is DDR2 memory they are referring to - they don't stock Rambus memory but that's not a common type to have these days.

John
#2
Its a itexpress pc built by a company in Hull.
Will try that CPU-Z now and see what happens.
I have only had the pc a few months.
#3
Tried that and it says 1022mb pc2 ddr25300.
Any reason why crucial is saying 512mb?
Thanks
#4
What exactly is it showing for each slot? You should have a drop down menu which goes from slot #1 to slot #2 or slot #4.

Crucial's system isn't 100% reliable but I have no idea where it's getting that number from - you can double check yourself my right clicking 'My Computer' and choosing properties to see what it shows, I'm guessing it's going to be the higher 1022MB number.

John
banned#5
catwoman
Tried that and it says 1022mb pc2 ddr25300.
Any reason why crucial is saying 512mb?
Thanks

actually crucial does not give the correct reading at all
#6
it looks like i have 4 slots for memory and only one is being used and that has 1022 mb of PC2 DDR2 5300 (333mhz) slotted in it .
I was thinking of getting another 1gb -but now i am confused as to what to get !
#7
Anyone help on which memory to buy and where from ?
Thanks
#8
If possible I'd crack the case open and just double check you do have four slots and that only one is populated. If that is the case, I'd just buy another gigabyte stick of DDR2-PC5300 ram:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT12864AA667

John
#9
Hi,
Thanks -does it matter about the 333mhz as the only ddr25300 i found said 400mhz and upwards !?
What does that actually mean -is it the speed it runs at?
I can see inside without opening case as its got seethrough panel and yes only one slot is taken up with 1gb.
banned#10
!Quick!

Your username is catwoman, you joined march 2007, your post count is (or was) 862, you have 5 green rep blocks and your just really nice.

Hope i've helped your memory problem.
#11
very good -def memory problem as i had to think about that !!
#12
catwoman
Hi,
Thanks -does it matter about the 333mhz as the only ddr25300 i found said 400mhz and upwards !?
What does that actually mean -is it the speed it runs at?
I can see inside without opening case as its got seethrough panel and yes only one slot is taken up with 1gb.


It's a little hard to tell as I don't know what the rest of the system is - I believe there's a function in CPU-Z which dumps all the information about your system into a text file. I can't check exactly where it is right now, if you can see it could you try the feature and send the data onto me so I can have a look? That way I should be able to verify what processor and motherboard you have and subsequently what ram is compatible.

John
#13
Hi John,
Thanks for your help.
The computer is dual core amd athlon 4000,SKT AM2 2.00ghz 64 bit, motherboard is AsusteK M2N-E SLI NVidia nforce4mcp.8400GS Graphics
1 x 1GBB DDR2 PC5300 667mhz 1 X 1GB
Running Vista Home Premium
I think the desktop ram posted in the hot deals at play.com for £14.98 delivered is the right one !?
Will it make much difference adding another 1gb ?
How do you know if its 200 pin or 240 pin or something else ?
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Thanks for all the information, that's perfect - I had a little hunt for the Play deal you mentioned, was it the dvd.co.uk deal you were perhaps thinking of:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111530

For running Windows Vista, I'd definitely recommend 2GB and I think you'll notice a difference - I've run Vista on a couple of 1GB machines and while it worked, it could be sluggish at times and if the machine was powered up for a while Windows Explorer seemed to get unhappy. I find Vista runs smoothly with 2GB ram and when the extra GB is so cheap I think it's worth the money.

240 pin is desktop DDR2 memory (DIMM), 200 pin is laptop DDR2 memory (SODIMM).

John
#15
Yes, thats the deal i meant -i really thought it took me to play.com or there was another link on there to play?
- must have imagined it !-senile moment !!!
Do i put this memory right next to this when i buy it as i am fairly certain its the right one. Does that mean it will be dual channel memory in computer then !?
Thanks for all your help and time -have repped you for that.
#16
I tend to put newer memory in slot 1 and move older memory down to slot 2, but depends on the memory you use. But now I'm talking minor differences. Yes your system should run dual channel memory. Your motherboard supports DDR2-800 and a matched pair would be best but that would set you back more money. Yes grab one of them will be the best £15 you spend on you pc.
#17
You need to check your motherboard manual to see which slot to put it in - it should work in any of them but to enable dual channel you will need to put it in a specific slot.

John
#18
Hi,
Just had a look at manual and its made easy as it says to put identical memory in and install a pair in the yellow sockets and then if you buy more put in Black sockets ! There are 2 yellow sockets on the motherboard and 2 black ones -i suppose thats to make it easier .
Thanks a lot everyone.
#19
Excellent, it's good when they keep it simple! Some don't bother labelling the sockets at all so you have no idea where the memory needs to go for dual channel.

John
#20
Thanks a lot for all your help John

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