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Is PC2700 okay?


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Tollerowner

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I have a 5 year old emachine D3107. It has always been a poor performer, but lately it has gotten worse. I installed Tuneup Utilities 2011 because it was free and just maybe it would fix something.

It immediately told me that I had only 494mb of memory, but needed 512mb to run XP. It has 2x256mb of PC3200, but some is shared with video. It only has room for two cards. I dug out an even older computer and found it had a 1024mb PC2700 in it. I swapped the 1024mb for one of the 256mb. The computer now tells me it has 1148mb of memory, and is much faster.

So all seems well. But I have some questions.
1) Is it okay to mix 2700 and 3200?
2) If the original is 3200, is 2700 okay? (emachine says that it will take 2100/2700/3200)
3) Would I see any improvement changing the 2700 with 3200?
4) Does it matter that I am pairing a 256 with a 1024?
5) Would I see an improvement replacing the 256 with a 1024?

I don't know if stuff this old is even available, but I bet its cheap.
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phillpower2

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I installed Tuneup Utilities 2011

Avoid using so called registry cleaners they can do more harm than good and are not recommended by GTG, some information on why http://miekiemoes.bl...weaking_13.html

Is it okay to mix 2700 and 3200?

Yes, the faster Ram will only function at the same speed as the slower Ram though.

If the original is 3200, is 2700 okay? (emachine says that it will take 2100/2700/3200)

Again yes, same answer as above.

Would I see any improvement changing the 2700 with 3200?

Yes more Ram means faster accessing times and the ability to have more programs running at the same time and faster.

Does it matter that I am pairing a 256 with a 1024?

Ram is known to work better with matching sticks of the same spec of Ram but in this case there is no harm.

Would I see an improvement replacing the 256 with a 1024?

Yes for the same reasons as above.
I hope this answers your questions and let us know if we can help further.
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