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Hi,

I donít mean to be redundant but here is another question about RAM. I have read the other RAM treads but am still unsure which RAM to purchase for my aging Compaq Presario 6410 NX computer.

I did an SIW Scan to identify my current RAM and here are the results:

Device Location Slot 2
Manufacturer Smart Modular
Capacity 256 Mbytes
Memory Type SDRAM DDR
Speed PC2100 (133 MHz)
Data width 64 bits
Voltage SSTL 2.5V
Manufacturing Date 1967, Week 2 (This has to be a mistake as the PC was not yet invented)

I went to a number of memory sites and they all did scans and they recommended which RAM to buy, so whatís the problem? After reading about memory on forums and from memory suppliers I have received the following:

Stay with the same RAM manufacturer. Unfortunately I canít find anyone selling Smart Modular memory. I also saw more than one thread that says that is not necessary. Most memory sellers say the same. So which is correct?

I also read that 512MB are all I need and it is better to use tow 256s than one 512. Is this true?

If so should I buy two 256s and discard my existing Smart Modular RAM?

Thanks,

adkron
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jrm20

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Hi,

I donít mean to be redundant but here is another question about RAM. I have read the other RAM treads but am still unsure which RAM to purchase for my aging Compaq Presario 6410 NX computer.

I did an SIW Scan to identify my current RAM and here are the results:

Device Location Slot 2
Manufacturer Smart Modular
Capacity 256 Mbytes
Memory Type SDRAM DDR
Speed PC2100 (133 MHz)
Data width 64 bits
Voltage SSTL 2.5V
Manufacturing Date 1967, Week 2 (This has to be a mistake as the PC was not yet invented)

I went to a number of memory sites and they all did scans and they recommended which RAM to buy, so whatís the problem? After reading about memory on forums and from memory suppliers I have received the following:

Stay with the same RAM manufacturer. Unfortunately I canít find anyone selling Smart Modular memory. I also saw more than one thread that says that is not necessary. Most memory sellers say the same. So which is correct?

I also read that 512MB are all I need and it is better to use tow 256s than one 512. Is this true?

If so should I buy two 256s and discard my existing Smart Modular RAM?

Thanks,

adkron



Hey, I would goto http://www.crucial.com and look up your pc's model and it will tell you what memory types will work.. There memory will work or you can get your money back. Its not necessarily better to use 2 256 sticks the only thing vs 1 512mb stick is that it runs in dual channel mode with the 2 256mb sticks on the newer pc's. If its an older pc about 4 yrs old it might not have dual channel mode at all..

I dont think your pc even supports dual channel so you have nothing to loose if you just get 1 stick of ram.. The only other thing good about getting 2 sticks is if one goes out you still have 1 stick to run your pc on.

Always stick with the same memory speed of your current memory in the pc so make shure you get pc 2100..
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I cannot expand on the advice given but I thought you may like link to information about your computer.

Spec Sheet

Software & Drivers

Upgrade and migrate

Good luck.
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Thank you all for taking the time to give me all this information.

adkron :whistling:
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