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First I would like to say I don't really know anything about computers so.......here is the question.
Can I put a 512 in one slot or a 1 gig and keep the other slot a 256mb. Or do I have to have them the same?
I am not rich and want to upgrade slowly. Just trying to upgrade the memory and make it run a little bit faster. Any help would be great!!!

A little info to help.

Guaranteed-compatible memory upgrades for your Dell Inspiron 8600 Series Laptop/Notebook .
Scan Id: 73D2DB8331D926C3

Crucial Recommends
Your system configuration
512MB Total

512MB current memory

256MB 256MB
0 empty slots

Your Dell Inspiron 8600 Series Specifications

Currently installed memory:
256MBDDR PC2700 256MBDDR PC2700
Each memory slot can hold DDR PC2700 with a maximum of 1GB per slot.*

*Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
Maximum Memory Capacity: 2048MB
Currently Installed Memory: 512MB
Available Memory Slots: 0
Number of Banks: 2
Dual Channel Support: No
CPU Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
CPU Family: Intel® Pentium® M processor 1.60GHz Model 13, Stepping 6
CPU Speed: 1598 MHz

Q: Will my system recognize the maximum upgrade?

A: Possibly

How much memory your Windows OS will recognize depends on which version of Windows you are running. 32-bit versions of Windows will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. To utilize more memory, install a 64-bit version of your OS. More information about OS memory maximums can be found at http://www.crucial.c...r.aspx?qid=4251.

Q: How much memory can my computer handle?

A: 2048MB.

Q: Does my computer support ECC memory?

A: No.
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It is recomended to have the same memory in both slots. That way the motherboard will work in at optimal settings.
You can change one stick to 512mb or 1 gig and it will work well.
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