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RAM, how fast should I get?

By craig.barratt ·
Hi, I'm trying to upgrade my RAM, my pc is a Dell Dimension and it currently has 1 gb (2x512) DDR2 with a speed of 533 mhz, I installed 2x2gb of 6400 (800mhz) and the darn pc went b.s.o.d and wouldn't boot again, even after returning to the old RAM. One rebuild later (thanks Dell for putting an image of the original build on the HDD) and I have found that the RAM only shows 1.4 gb, no matter what order I put them in, with or without the old RAM. My question is this, Did the fast RAM cause the blue screen and subsequent need to rebuild and should I be sticking to 533 mhz? I know about installing in pairs, maximum size etc, it's just the speed issue I'd like to know about

Ta

oops, totally forgot to add the 'spec' list at the bottom, well, it was about 5:30am when I wrote it.

Dell Dimension 5150
Windows XP Home V2002 SP3
Intel Pentium 2.8ghz

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Depends which Dell Dimension you've got ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to RAM, how fast should I ge ...

What is the model number ?

Also what operating system do you have ?

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oops!

by craig.barratt In reply to Depends which Dell Dimens ...

oops, totally forgot to add the 'spec' list at the bottom, well, it was about 5:30am when I wrote it.

Dell Dimension 5150
Windows XP Home V2002 SP3
Intel Pentium 2.8ghz

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Apparently you've gone too fast ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to oops!

Memory Upgrade for Dell Dimension 5150 Computer, the Dell Dimension 5150 Computer takes the PC2-3200/4200 DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs. Supports Dual Channel DDR2. Installed in pairs of modules.

Module type: 1024MB-533MHz DDR2-533 PC2-4200, 240p DIMM, 1.8v
Part No: 681ms-681

http://www.memorystock.com/memory/DellDimension5150.html

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one more thing to think about.....

by ---TK--- In reply to Apparently you've gone to ...

If you up grade to 4 Gigs of RAM, you will only see 3.2 Gigs. Its a known issue with the 32 bit OS, it has to do with memory allocation... and there is no way to get around it, unless you use a 64 bit OS.

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Thanks

by craig.barratt In reply to one more thing to think a ...

Cheers, if only there was a decent 64bit OS, oops, I've done it now!!!

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LOL.... <nt>

by ---TK--- In reply to Thanks
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But there is a Great 64 Bit OS available

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks

I know what it is but I'm not telling anyone as they will start to use it and I'll loose that advantage. :^0

Col

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Thanks

by craig.barratt In reply to Apparently you've gone to ...

Looks that way, thanks for the advice

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According to the Corsair Site

by OH Smeg In reply to RAM, how fast should I ge ...

The Biggest you can use are 1 GIG Sticks.

This may be the issue with the system reporting the wrong amount of Installed RAM.

Details for VS1GB533D2

Memory Type
DDR2-533 (PC2-4200)


Size 1GB

Latency 4-4-4-12-2T

Format 240-pin DIMM

Heat Spreader None

You should look in the BIOS to make sure that the RAM is correctly Identified before allowing the system to boot.

According to the Dell Web Site the Biggest sticks of RAM that they sell for this unit are 1 GIG Sticks as well.

http://accessories.ap.dell.com/sna/category.aspx?c=au&l=en&s=dhs&cs=audhs1&category_id=4325

With this in mind I would say that Memory Mapping Errors was what caused the system to BSOD out and corrupt the Windows Files.

Col

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D'you use some kind of really smelly aftershave ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to According to the Corsair ...

That'll be the reason you get noticed and I get ignored! :^0

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