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Memory Upgrade - 1GB Limit?

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Hi, I had went to Crucial's website because I found that their website scans your computer to suggest memory upgrades. It said I had the following for a HP Compaq Pavilion zv5200 series:

Maximum Memory Capacity: 1280MB
Currently Installed Memory: 512MB
Available Memory Slots: -1
Number of Banks: 1
Dual Channel Support: No
CPU Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD
CPU Family: AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor 3200+ Model 4, Stepping 10
CPU Speed: 797 MHz

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.

Does this mean that the only thing I can do is either buy 1GB to replace my two 256MB only able to use one slot or buy 2 x 512MB, either option for a maximum of 1080MB? I got confused because it says I have two slots, each with a max of 1GB but 1GB is the max.

What other component or upgrade would I need to do if I wanted to upgrade to 2GB of memory?

Thank you in advance!!
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You may find that installing 2 -1gig sticks of memory will still only show 1 gig of memory in the computer. This is a BIOS thing that perhaps a upgrade will let the computer see 2 gigs. The caveat here is that a bad bios upgrade can leave the computer completely dead.

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