UPDATE (prompt Dell response)
With reference to your query regarding ECC and non ECC memory modules, we would like to know the service tag (alpha numeric code) or the express service for the computer. However if your computer was purchased before 2001 and carries a memory of less than 512MB, then the modules inside the system are ECC modules and if it was purchased after June 14, 2001 it would be non ECC module running at PC600 speed of 300MHz.
Please note: You may use either ECC or non ECC module on the system. Memory must be installed in matched pairs for the system to post. Memory module capacity can be different as long as you have matched pairs of RIMM modules. It is preferred that the first slot of each channel be populated first by RIMM modules. This pair of sockets is located next to the processor.
Lastly, I see you have notified that you would be using 4 x 256MB RDRAM in the system. As per the limitations, you can install up to 2GB with matching modules.
Mamatha Eswar Rao
Dell | Executive Customer Support Team
Where is the first slot of each channel and the processor? I am not familiar with the inside of a computer, will need to study a picture.
I will look again for a service tag, I gave him the only code I can see........I don't know / can't remember the date it was bought.
I am happy with 1GB (3 times more than what I have now)........the higher the GB the greater the risk of motherboard failure I am thinking, maybe incorrectly? 2GB is more than stated in the Dell manual I believe.
Will update later on this post with driver queries mentioned above.
The Dell advisor above has asked for my phone number so he can call to discuss what I don't know or am uncertain about.
Phil, hope you are still reading this topic....
Previously: "You should save the Dell drivers direct from their website and the same for any third party printer etc, you may find it easier to create a folder named Dell on your desktop, save the drivers from Dell to that and then copy the folder and its contents to your thumb drive."
Not been sure what drivers to copy since we saw that most on the Dell site are for Windows ME. You told me how to copy the Windows drivers, but I need to check this: so I click on download the driver and save it to the folder, correct? I'm fearing the driver might start being installed if I click on download. I've only ever installed one driver, the NVIDIA one.
Also, should I update the 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905C-TXCompatible) 1/7/2001 Driver Version: 188.8.131.52 - don't think it has ever been updated unless the last technician updated it without telling me.....and if so what one should I choose please?
Edited by scarlet.rose, 18 July 2014 - 09:36 AM.