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  1. John Burns

    John Burns Thread Starter

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    I have a Gateway Select 1200 computer with 128MB installed. I would like to upgrade it to 512MB - by adding a 128MB module and a 256MB module. I asked Gateway and they advised me I have 2 DIMM slots supporting 4 banks memory.

    When I ran Belarc Advisor profile, it shows 128MB in Slot DIMM 1, with Slot DIMM2 and Slot DIMM3 as empty. (Three slots) I am not sure what I have. I have ordered one 256MB DIMM module and one 128 DIMM module from Crucial, but now am wondering if I can install both of them.

    I am not sure what the terminology "2 DIMM slots supporting 4 banks of memory" really means. Would I have to install two 256MB Dimm modules to accomplish the 512MB total, or can I use the existing 128MB and add 128MB and 256MB to accomplish this.

    Would I be just about as well off to install just the 256MB module and have a total of 384MB? (Providing I don't have two slots available)

    Very confused. Anyone shed some light on this for me? I am in the dark!
     
  2. brianF

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    Well crucial agrees with belarc, seems gateway may be wrong.\

    System Info:
    Maximum memory: 768MB
    Standard memory: 128MB removable
    Slots: 3 (3 banks of 1)
    Explanation of memory terms


    This is for a select 1200 per crucial

    3 slots, you should be able to install all three dimms
     
  3. John Burns

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    Thanks, Brian - that is the answer I WANTED to hear. I guess there is no problem installing one 128MB and one 256mb with my existing 128MB module? I can MIX them that way, right? Appreciate your input. Thanks!
     
  4. John Burns

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    Well, I guess the only way to determine for sure is to open up the computer and look - I did just that, and guess what? Gateway was right - only two slots - so I just bought 512MB module and plugged it in - and it is working fine. Guess I should have done that in the first place, lol. Thanks for your input tho - appreciate this site.
     
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