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Adding RAM to eMachine L2814

By cyberghost_1 ·
Here is my question. I have an eMachine L2814 PC, 1.7GHz Celeron, 128MB RAM, 40GB HDD, CR-R/RW, running WinXP PRO SP1. The owner wants to upgrade Memory with andother 128MB or 256MB. I have in stock Kingston 128 and 256 DDR PC2700 266/333. The same specs as the factory RAM in the eMachine PC. BUT...Kingston doesn't carry RAM for this model PC. Does it matter as long as the specs are the same in the upgrade RAM? For example: Both factory and upgrade RAM are PC2700, DDR, 266/333. Now, I am under the clock for tomorrow. Can I go ahead and put in the Kingston RAM that I have, with no problem??? Or do I need to get a specific model #...even if the RAM is generic?

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by TJNash09 In reply to Adding RAM to eMachine L2 ...

If both cards are the new standard (you can check by looking on the bottom of the ram card, new standard has two sections of connection areas, old has three)
Than you should be fine. Go ahead and install the new one. If you experience problems remove the upgrade and keep with the stock card.

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by softcorp.us In reply to Adding RAM to eMachine L2 ...

Hello...

You are right to question this because RAM sticks come in different "electrical" configurations. Some RAM sticks won't work in some computers even when they appear to have the same specs.

But, the answer is always the same: Try it. If the specs you can see appear to be correct (voltage, bus speed, etc.), try it. If all of the RAM can be seen by the operating system, and the system is stable, it is fine.

Note: "Seeing" all of the RAM is a key point. Sometimes the compatibility problem between a motherboard and a RAM stick results in only half of the RAM being seen by the operating system. The system runs fine but only has half the memory it should.

I hope this gives you confidence.

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by dmiles In reply to Adding RAM to eMachine L2 ...

Generally you donot want to mix memory modules,the timing could be different

Why not install the memory in the machine to see if it works,no video display or system starts to crash are warning signs.
Kingston tech support could be the best bet to get the info on whether the memory will work

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

turns out that it was compatible...the MB was Pheonix. and the origional RAM was a generic brand anyway. Almost identicle to the one I added.

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