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Solved: memory upgrade in Dell Inspiron 531

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cmbmedic, Feb 8, 2008.

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  1. cmbmedic

    cmbmedic Thread Starter

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    I have replaced memory in other computers in the past but this new INspiron seems to have an additional step in the process: temp. removal of PCI cards before new mem. install. What"s up with that?
    The instuctions are straightfoward enough but is the procedure necessay? Also, the sticks must be installed in a certain order?
    Thanks, Doc...:eek:
     
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    Are the PCI cards in the way? If not then I wouldn't remove them.

    As for the order of the slots, if the instructions specify which slots to use then I'd follow that. One reason being is to possibly take advantage of Dual Channel mode if you are using matched or similar sticks of memory to give you a theoretical doubling of the memory bandwidth.
     
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    Thank you for your response.
    Haven't opened the case yet, but I'll be sure to check clearance.
    I belive there are two 512MB sticks in there now but, you think adding a single 1MB would be ok?
     
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    Great website thanks!
    What part of Canada re you in? All my people are from the Montreal area. I was born in US but didn't speak English till I was about 10.
    Thanks again
    Doc
     
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    Eastern Ontario, Peterborough area.
     
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