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RAM Memory: 256/512 Mb

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Found 22nd Jul 2006
I've kinda established that I have a half-decent computer - all it needs is some more RAM becaus it's quite sloooowww!!

I'd like 512Mb, but if there's a ridiculous deal on 256Mb then I'll go for that. I'm pretty sure it's DDR... how do I check that??

The PC is a Packard Bell iMedia if that helps.

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Ducky go to crucial website - then they ask for the model details of the PC and you can find exactly what it needs, rather than opening up the PC.

Go through QuidCo and they also have 5% promotion as well as the 7% normal rate.

What's the i-Media model number ducky?

Crucial also have this:

Not sure what you need? No problem.

]http://images.crucial.com/images/v9_buttons/scanmysystem2.gif
If you don't know the exact model of your computer, the Crucial System Scanner can scan your computer hardware to automatically detect your system configuration and give you a report on which upgrade is right for you.

Yeah, do the Crucial System Scan! If it is SD (not DDR SD) then you should consider at least 768, preferably a gig..

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It's the iMedia 3043 (found it on a label at that back...).

I did the crucial's scan and my model number isn't even on there!! I found another site that did it though by googling for my model number and they say it takes DDR RAM. It has 1 slot free and takes a maximum of 2GB RAM.

Is crucial's the cheapest??

found your system on the Packard Bell website ]http//su…801

If this is your system it takes DDR memory up to 2Gb, I'd get a 1Gb module and possibly a graphics card as well.

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I'd rather just get 512Mb RAM...

Also, there's no spare PCI slot for graphics so it would have to be an AGP card. Besides, I don't really play many games on it and the ones I do play every so often are pretty low spec.

fair enough, the built in graphics takes it's memory from your RAM so buying a graphics card it would free up the memory it is borrowing from your RAM and speed up your system. A cheap £30 would do fine.

Something to think about for future upgrades.

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Yep.

I'll ask for one from father christmas. I know a few people who'd like to buy me that sort of thing, lol.

I'll have a shop around for RAM.

I contacted Crucial for you ducky and they can't advise on the 512mb module you require without this information:

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[COLOR=sienna]If you could answer the following questions, it would be … [COLOR=sienna]If you could answer the following questions, it would be helpful. 1) What is your processor speed? 2) How many memory slots do you have? 3) How much memory is in the system now? 4) How many pins are on the module? 5) What color are the pins? 6) Are there any notches where the pins are? If so, how many? 7) How long is the module?[/COLOR]

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If you want to find out yourself, they have a live chat facility on there. But make sure you take the details down, then go through QuidCo.Com when you have the answer.

Actually, I've just found out on another website, that it takes the same as the i-Media 3042

Take a look here and then I recommend choosing the 3042 option on Crucial...

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:shock: That's a lot of things to ask..

memoryx.net/pab…tml

It's 184 pin DDR DIMM memory.

What is DDR333?

Another site:
Standard Memory : 256MB (Removable)
Maximum Memory : 2GB
Total Memory Slots : 2
Memory Type : 184-Pin PC2700 (333MHz) DIMM
Notes :

Forgot the website: ]http//ww…tml

Here's the Crucial info:

512MB http://images.crucial.com/images/lineart/0piece-kit.gif][COLOR=#0000ff]CT523555[/COLOR] DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64
][COLOR=#800080]What does this mean?[/COLOR]£33.99 [SIZE=2]ex. VAT
[/SIZE]£39.94 [SIZE=2]inc. VAT*[/SIZE]

Works out to around £35 after cashback...

3050 is the same:

512MB http://images.crucial.com/images/lineart/0piece-kit.gif][COLOR=#0000ff]CT408269[/COLOR] DDR PC2700 • CL=2.5 • UNBUFFERED • NON-ECC • DDR333 • 2.5V • 64Meg x 64
][COLOR=#800080]What does this mean?[/COLOR]£33.99 [SIZE=2]ex. VAT
[/SIZE]£39.94 [SIZE=2]inc. VAT*[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]I think you could use either of those. Perhaps someone else would like to double check this out [/SIZE]

I'm sure either of those will do fine

There are different speeds of RAM.

PC2100
PC2700
PC3200
PC3500

etc etc, most computers use PC3200 or lower. 333MHz is PC2700 - just a slower type of RAM, although your motherboard might only be able to accept 333? I don't know.

It's definitely PC2700 on all the i-Media.

But the Crucial RAM is the best and by the time you add postage to those two, you'll be paying about the same. £35 now and lifetime guarantee, no quibble change over if faulty, it's your best bet I reckon.

I'd go with the crucial Ducko - that's what I did. Excellent customer service should any problems arise (such as royal mail's light-fingered posties)

Crucial send by registered usually next day post too and nicely packed. Definitely the best...

The RAM Speed rating means that it can work up to that speed but your motherboard will only let it work at the motherboards max capacity. The higher the speed number the faster it is able to work but it will work at slower speeds. Think of it as being backwards compatible, like PS1 games wokring on a ps2 or ps3.

Don't get eBuyer stuff, get that Kingston stuff!

@duckmagic - I've got 2 sticks of 256mb ddr ram 400mhz pc3200 Samsung memory somewhere in my house going spare, if they are of any use to you you can have them for nothing:thumbsup:

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@duckmagic - I've got 2 sticks of 256mb ddr ram 400mhz pc3200 Samsung … @duckmagic - I've got 2 sticks of 256mb ddr ram 400mhz pc3200 Samsung memory somewhere in my house going spare, if they are of any use to you you can have them for nothing:thumbsup:



I sent you a private message... I don't know whether you received it or not mate.

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