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    Old pc memory help?

    Morning all. Managed to acquire an old Emachines 2230 for free, With the Intel Desktop M/Board D845EPI/D845GVSR. It only has 256MB ram installed, i want to upgrade ram & give it to my little cousin for her first Pc. I have installed a new copy of Xp My problem is that i did not do my research properly & think i may have ordered the wrong ram from play.com, 3.3volts instead of 2.5volts ( i was in a rush to get the ram ordered as my relations go back to Tidworth on Saturday) Anyway, i will post the links in first post.
    All help is much appreciated.
    Thanks. B)

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    play wont charge just return item you will have to pay postage

    also if your on your pc go to crucial.com/ and run system scanner at the top

    It's fine play have the wrong specs as per usual the voltage will be 2.5 (unless play are trying to specify (wrongly . play find a mobos bios that will alow this stepping )that you can use upto 3.3v which I would Trust even less coming from play ) Lol



    You just have to hope that you don't need to over volt it to 2.65v to get it to run at 333 ...especially if the brief on Intel board is still accurate eg 2.5 only.. If you have stability issues with it at 2.5 volts, see if intel have a new bios for that board that will allow a little increase in the voltage (only applicable if your 333 does not run stable at 333mhz)
    Edited by: "dontasciime" 12th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    Thanks guys.
    Believe it or not i did do the crucial scanner, but i didn't notice the voltage. I thought it was all the same voltage. It wasn't until after i had ordered the two 512MB sticks that i seen the 1GB sticks through a Google search & it's cheaper, Even though i had searched the same phrase on the play search ( crappy play search? ) I noticed that the 1GB stick was a different voltage to the 512MB ones.
    So if i pay for them to be posted back to play there wont be anymore charges?

    So play might have this voltage wrong on the 512 sticks, hmmm that wouldn't surprise me at all, Why didn't i think of that. lol.
    In my searches on this pc i have seen a lot of people have been having a lot of issues with this fragile Pc, Mostly with the weak psu so i don't want to mess about with it too much if possible.
    Will the sticks i have ordered have the correct spec on the packaging/sticks?
    Looking for new bios now ( Update: Looked at updates cannot see anything about memory voltage downloadmirror.intel.com/105…pdf )
    Thanks again.....
    Edited by: "sil0" 12th Apr 2011

    only update your bios after you have the memory in and only if needed. The packaging should 98% certain have the correct info on it but if play had anything to do with that's the missing 2%
    Edited by: "dontasciime" 12th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    dontasciime

    only update your bios after you have the memory in and only if needed. … only update your bios after you have the memory in and only if needed. The packaging should 98% certain have the correct info on it but if play had anything to do with that's the missing 2%


    Thanks for that tip mate, i would have updated the bios first. lol
    I hope play do have the description wrong as i have promised (like the fool i am) this pc for my 8 year old cousin who is sick of fighting her big sister for the family pc.
    If the sticks i have ordered have 3.3volts on them i will just send them back & order the 1GB, the price should work out the same. My relatives are coming back up in six weeks so she can have it then.
    Thanks again for your help.

    Original Poster

    Just an update, Memory came today, Nothing on the packaging about the voltage, But i noticed it was Samsung memory, the same brand as the oem memory, so i gave it a whirl & it seem's to work fine, Improved the Pc's performance more than i thought it would too.
    Thanks for your help guys, Much appreciated. Would buy you guys a pint if i could, Alas i can't, So i will have one for you later. B)
    P.s Nice call dontasciime, Ty.

    Np. Glad it all worked out
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