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Memory increas from 512M to 1G


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I want to increas my present 512MB to 1GB of RAM.

I opened my computer and it has four slots with (say from left to right) a 256 M RAM module in slot 1 (slot 2 empty) and another 256MB RAM module in slot 3 (slot 4).

My question is can I buy a single 512MB module and put it in any slot or do I need two 256MB RAM modules?

Of course I wil match the 333MHz speed. Anything else to consider. There's a deal on Kingston modules that I'd like to purchase. Any additionasl advice is well appreciated?

Thanks in advance.
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You can but its often just as easy to get two 512mb modules especially if your motherboard supports dual channels.
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im with scot. Best to have two x 512 if u can afford it.
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Thanks for the quick reply.

If I decide to go with adding the one 512MB RAM (to save a few $) can I put it in any free slot? Or do I need to relocate the two 256MB RAM modules so thet are sequential and then the 512MB module?

Is this plug & play or do I have to make adjustments anywhere?
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it should be fine to smack it in anywhere, and itll update itself, cept your pc might slow down because you are using more ram slots
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I'm a bit confused. I though adding more RAM will speed things up, like when I coonect to a server during on-line gaming and running newer games. Plus my HD is 75% full so I read that it helps to have more RAM as the HD fills up.

Thanks for your input..
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Howdy:

Based on your posts, I would be checking your motherboard manual in order to determine how to install the ram..

It is very possible it MUST be installed in pairs with one pair populating the 1st and 3rd slots and the second populating the 2nd and fourth..

In quick check would be to simply pull one of the existing ram and see if the system works !!

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Thanks for your reply Murray, you sparked a memory (in my head).

I must be too worried about my malware problem (another post) to be thinking straight. I dug up the DELL 4600 owners manual and there it is in b&W, "DDR memory modules should be installed in pairs of matched memory size".

So it seems I either get 2 x 256Mb or replace my existing (256Mb) pair with 2x 512 Mb as warriorscot stated.

You were also correct on where to place the memory, the manual also says to install them in pairs in slot 1 & 3 and/or slots 2 & 4.

Thanks guys. I'll go and get 2 x 256Mb DDR SDRAM .

Issue Closed.
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Glad we were able to help !! :tazz:

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