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Linda Rhead Aug 01, 2006, 05:06am EDT Report Abuse
Hi,All,

Several of you helped me loads when I inherited my current PC from a friend and it needed formatting so that I could get rid of the dreaded ME and install my own XP,which thanks to you I did perfectly,and for that I thank those of you who took the time to advise me.That same computer only has 256mb of ram, and I really need to upgrade that to at least 512mb...so my question,how easy,or not, is that to do,and what do I need?...hope you can help.

Thanks if you can...Linda


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BoT Aug 01, 2006, 05:39am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
i would recommand to upgrade to 1gig. 512mb is minimum, i would say. it should be fairly easy, if your pc is standard at or atx format.

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Dublin_Gunner Aug 01, 2006, 05:52am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Hi Linda, what are the specs of the PC, and what do you use it for?

Adding extra RAM is a relatively easy and painless process.

You need to open the case, locate the current ram module, beside which you should find at least one other spare RAM slot. (usually near the CPU socket)

Simply either purchase another ram module similar to the one you have (i.e. speed, size) and pop it in a spare slot.

Or you can buy completely new ram, say 2x512mb modules, and replace your current RAM completely.

Your motherboard can limit the amount of RAM you can install, but if its a fairly recent PC (last few years) you should be able to install at least 1gb or 2gb total.


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SuPeR Xp Aug 01, 2006, 07:07am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
I would go for 1GB instead of the 512k.

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Reason Aug 01, 2006, 09:23am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
I agree, 1 GB is nice to have, can really reduce or eliminate swapping. It might be overkill, though - what do you use the computer for, Linda?

Here's a short tutorial with pictures:
http://www.fonerbooks.com/r_ram.htm

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Linda Rhead Aug 01, 2006, 04:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Hi,guys...I use my computer for word processing( I'm a writer),emailing,browsing,storing photos,plus downloading, playing and burning music and movies.
The spec is AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+
2.00Ghz 224 MB of Ram


Not sure why it says 224MB,thought it was 256MB?

Cheers,Linda

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.:Mindful:. Aug 01, 2006, 05:46pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
The reason why it says 224MB ram is because its intregrated video. The video card feeds off your system ram. Yup, I know, its really lame.

Anyway... I definately suggest 1gb for a 2400+, especially if your going to be burning music... watching movies.... Oh.. and I suggest a good video card for that. Yuch. Integrated 32mb video card will suck really bad.

And what I mean by integrated video is this:

Okay... so you have 256mb RAM in your PC. But your video card feeds off your ram. It is a 32mb integrated video card, so 256 minus 224 (is the amount it reads it has) and you get 32mb. 32mb is being subtracted from your RAM. Definately lame. And plus its not good video too. Yuch.


Kind Regards,
Miles


Edit: Corrected amount of integrated video. Said 16mb... meant 32.

angryhippy Aug 03, 2006, 02:55am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Yes definitely go for a gig. RAM is really cheap right now. I picked up a gig of munchkin RAM for $56 at Fry's a few months ago. Not killer high performance, but decent enough.

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guru Shane Aug 03, 2006, 03:14am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
RAM can come in 1GB sticks, but I suggest getting 2 sticks that are 512MB. On my site, you can find a link to CPU-Z. Download it and tell us the motherboard model, or just search the manufacturer's web site of that model. Once you find your exact model on your motherboard manufacturer's web site, download your motherboard manual and read about putting your RAM into dual channel. Find out which RAM slots you need to use in order to activate dual channel and locate those slots on the actual motherboard itself so that you will know where to put your new sticks. If you do this, just take out the 256MB stick totally. Leaving it in will block dual channel from activating, and dual channel RAM will make your PC run twice as fast. It's definitely something that you want, and it takes two sticks of equal size to run in dual channel mode.

If you have trouble locating your motherboard manual, just post your motherboard model here and someone will find out which slots you should use in order to activate dual channel. :)

Linda Rhead Aug 03, 2006, 07:10pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Hi...I downloaded CPU-Z and my motherboard manufacturer is ECS,model L7VMM3,chipset VIA KM400,Southbridge VIA 8235,Sensor ITE IT 8705...I hope this means something to you,it means nothing to me..:)...cheers, Linda

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guru Shane Aug 03, 2006, 11:43pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
It looks like your motherboard has two RAM slots and does support dual channel memory, and it supports up to 2GB of RAM. I would recommend getting two 512MB sticks so that you will run in dual channel. :)

Here's a link to your motherboard manual:
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWeb/Downloads/ProductsDetail_Download...mp;LanID=9

Linda Rhead Aug 04, 2006, 04:33am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Gee,thanks..you guys are just the best!...:)..all I have to do now is buy and fit.

Final question( hopefully final anyway)...do I need to buy particular Ram sticks that are compatible to my motherboard,if so how do I find out which these are?

Linda


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Dublin_Gunner Aug 04, 2006, 04:55am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
once they're DDR400 you should be fine. Even pick up a value kit frm the likes of Geil, OCZ< Mushkin, Corsair, Kingston, Patriot etc and they will do you just fine.

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varun mishra Aug 06, 2006, 06:00am EDT Report Abuse
>> video ram
hello i had 248 mb of ram and 128 mb of video ram few days back now it shows that i have only 64 mb video
ram.
why is this
i have intel(R)82915G?GV/910GL Express Family integrated chipset
how can i get back 128 mb
can any1 help me

Dublin_Gunner Aug 06, 2006, 10:33am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
you should start your own thread m8.

But I reckon its because it uses system ram, so will adjust the amount of ram it neds according to the task at hand

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varun mishra Aug 06, 2006, 10:59am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
so what should i do so that it uses more system ram
will more video ram enhance my gaming experience

guru Shane Aug 06, 2006, 12:33pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Varun,
I would suggest buying more RAM to increase your overall system's speed and a video card to increase your graphics quality. Get a PCI-e video card (or AGP video card depending on your mobo), and that will dramatically increase your performance.

Specer Anderson Aug 22, 2010, 01:28pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
guru Shane said:
RAM can come in 1GB sticks, but I suggest getting 2 sticks that are 512MB. On my site, you can find a link to CPU-Z. Download it and tell us the motherboard model, or just search the manufacturer's web site of that model. Once you find your exact model on your motherboard manufacturer's web site, download your motherboard manual and read about putting your RAM into dual channel. Find out which RAM slots you need to use in order to activate dual channel and locate those slots on the actual motherboard itself so that you will know where to put your new sticks. If you do this, just take out the 256MB stick totally. Leaving it in will block dual channel from activating, and dual channel RAM will make your PC run twice as fast. It's definitely something that you want, and it takes two sticks of equal size to run in dual channel mode.

If you have trouble locating your motherboard manual, just post your motherboard model here and someone will find out which slots you should use in order to activate dual channel. :)


Hi, I followed your instructions on using CPU-Z, can you tell me if this motherboard is worth upgrading?

Intel D845GVSR
Pentium 4 2.00ghz
256mb RAM

I would like to upgrade this RAM if it will allow me faster surfing capabilities

micro Aug 22, 2010, 03:56pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Increase ram?
Hi, I followed your instructions on using CPU-Z, can you tell me if this motherboard is worth upgrading?

Intel D845GVSR
Pentium 4 2.00ghz
256mb RAM

I would like to upgrade this RAM if it will allow me faster surfing capabilities
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If all that you are looking for is overall faster speed with opening programs and running xp and you are not gaming. I would get a little bit more ram. Your mobo can handle 2gigs of ram, but your pc is getting old enough it isn't worth buying more then a total of 512mb to 1gig total.

So just running internet and a few small things, just getting a total of 512mb would be a noticable upgrade, but buying 1gig-2gigs is a wast of money unless you are gaming with that pc.

A $300 Walmart pc would be a lot faster and smoother then putting too much money into that old of a pc.

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