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    Upgrading pc ram? Or installing new motherboard, processor etc....

    I've just dug out my old pc which is about 4 years old, i'm looking at upgrading the memory on it and i've located the memory board on the mother board, thing is i haven't got a clue what type of memory it is so i can buy the same thing, is there an easy way to find out twhat type i hvave installed?

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    What writing does it have on the RAM?

    turn it on and run the crucial memory scanner

    deathtrap3000;2815892

    turn it on and run the crucial memory scanner



    Thats a good idea if he has it connected to the internet, if not he will need to take memory out place on anti static bag/mat then read what it says on it. Only way to do it if you have anti static wrist strap though really.

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    amcol;2815888

    What writing does it have on the RAM?



    It says pc133u-333-542

    zahoor;2815914

    try this … try this http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.lyberty.com/encyc/articles/tech/img/RAM_pin_Types.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.lyberty.com/encyc/articles/tech/RAM.html&h=250&w=281&sz=25&hl=en&start=17&um=1&usg=__W8dlUmZsQNHRGIvl7KKi6UXoSb4=&tbnid=0IVyiVvBdy-P4M:&tbnh=101&tbnw=114&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmemory%2Btypes%26ndsp%3D18%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN



    It looks like it's sd ram by them photos.

    deathtrap3000;2815892

    turn it on and run the crucial memory scanner



    Definitely the best option if you can get on the web, even if just dial-up
    ]http//ww…uk/

    it will tell you what you have installed and the maximum you can install

    souljacker;2816106

    It says pc133u-333-542It looks like it's sd ram by them photos.



    PC133 does sound like SDRAM, although that's unexpected if the PC is only four years old.

    Run ]CPU-Z and that should tell you what type of RAM you have.

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    Coldape;2816252

    Definitely the best option if you can get on the web, even if just … Definitely the best option if you can get on the web, even if just dial-up ]http://www.crucial.com/uk/it will tell you what you have installed and the maximum you can install





    EndlessWaves;2816278

    PC133 does sound like SDRAM, although that's unexpected if the PC is only … PC133 does sound like SDRAM, although that's unexpected if the PC is only four years old.Run ]CPU-Z and that should tell you what type of RAM you have.



    problem is i'm not online with that pc at the moment

    Original Poster

    anyone know if this will be compatible?

    scan.co.uk/Pro…206

    souljacker;2816323

    problem is i'm not online with that pc at the moment



    You can download it to a memory stick or burn it to a cd rom and use it on the other comp that way.

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    deathtrap3000;2816650

    You can download it to a memory stick or burn it to a cd rom and use it … You can download it to a memory stick or burn it to a cd rom and use it on the other comp that way.



    ok cheers, i'll try that :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    that didn't work because when i ran the file on the other computer, it tried to connect to the crucial website

    EndlessWaves;2816278

    PC133 does sound like SDRAM, although that's unexpected if the PC is only … PC133 does sound like SDRAM, although that's unexpected if the PC is only four years old.Run ]CPU-Z and that should tell you what type of RAM you have.



    Could try this version says freeware so hopefully doesn't need to access the internet but not sure.
    ]http//ww…php

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    Coldape;2818364

    Could try this version says freeware so hopefully doesn't need to access … Could try this version says freeware so hopefully doesn't need to access the internet but not sure.]http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php



    cheers, i'll try that :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    well that's worked, i now know that the mother board is a microstar ms-6399 intel 1845, it is in a medion pc

    the current ram in it is SD RAM PC133

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    i might have 2 x 512mb kicking about will let you know

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    logyon;2819261

    i might have 2 x 512mb kicking about will let you know



    cheers :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    ok after a bit of research i've ben advised it might be better to just fit a new motherboard with a new processor and ram. Is this easy to do? can i just reconnect all my other things like the hard drive, usb port, sound card atc to the new board and is it just a matter of swapping it over and then switching it on?

    never built a pc before so i'm a bit of a novce when it comes to things like this

    any links to the reccomenede motherboards etc appreciated

    souljacker;2822531

    ok after a bit of research i've ben advised it might be better to just … ok after a bit of research i've ben advised it might be better to just fit a new motherboard with a new processor and ram. Is this easy to do? can i just reconnect all my other things like the hard drive, usb port, sound card atc to the new board and is it just a matter of swapping it over and then switching it on?never built a pc before so i'm a bit of a novce when it comes to things like thisany links to the reccomenede motherboards etc appreciated



    Bejesus, it's amazing how reliant the people here have become on diagnostic tools. We real-world techs, we just pull something out and have a look at it. When a stick of RAM says "PC133" on it, we're usually confident enough that it's not lying to us, and that we don't need to take the machine online to go to the Crucial website to ask them their view. But, yeah.

    To the new question though, fitting a new mobo, CPU and RAM is a good deal more difficult than just instlaling a new module. It's not especially tricky though, just time-consuming. You've got to unscrew all the screws that hold your current board in, take out the expansion cards, and unplug every cable going to the board, and then reverse the process with the new board. For added giggles, you are then likely to need to reinstall Windows, or at least, reactivate it. And you can forget it if the clock resets itself for whatever reason - the shock of the new hardware will force a 3-day reactivation deadline on the system, the shock of the time changing will likely rob you of those three days, potentially leaving you with an OS that can't be activated.

    However, it's probably only an hour long job. Two if you need to reinstall Windows. Compare that one-off investment of two hours to the time you'll save in the long-run as you play with a much faster system, and you'll see that it's well worth the time spent. PC133 memory tends not to come in capacitites any greater than 128MB commonly (there are 256MB modules, but the're harder to come by), so you're probably looking at an upgrade of no more than about 512MB even if you replace your existing modules. Compare that to the 2GB you could fit for £20 in a modern DDR2 mobo. Well worth it, says I.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the reply, appreciated :thumbsup:

    I think you've now put me off installing a new motherboard, i don't know where my windows disc is to re-install and by the sounds of it, the whole thing is not as straight forward as i thought.

    anyway, thanks again :thumbsup: rep added
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