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what ram to use ??????????

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  1. myles

    myles Thread Starter

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    myles here again my computer still hangs so im going to put more ram in it,

    how do i tell what ram sticks will fit in my machine, before i go and buy some,

    i know theres double sidded 16 and 18 pin etc etc and have no idea what my machine will run

    its an itell celeron processor 500mhz with a 128 mb ram stick installed. i know theres one more slot for ram to go into!!!!!!

    are there any programes that will tell me what will run on my machine.
    i was thinking of getting two bigger ram sticks like 250s or something like that,

    thanks for any info
    myles
     
  2. Bryan

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    It most likely takes PC100 SDRAM and you should be able to use PC133 if you can't find PC100. If it's a name brand PC, you can goto the link below and find out what it takes

    http://www.crucial.com/
     
  3. zmaster

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    Well do you know what your motherboard is? if you post what brand and model it is someone can find out easily. Or if you look in your motherboards manual it should tell you. I can't think of any programs off the top of my head which will find out for you
     
  4. Bryan

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    You can get the free program Belarc advisor at the link below. Run it and under the section titled "Main Circuit Board" it should list your motherboard make and model number but I'm pretty sure PC100 or PC133 is what you'll need.

    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
     
  5. Telstar

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    Hi myles,

    Just to second what Bryan has already posted.

    I recently upgraded my Dell from 256MB to 768MB by adding
    a 512MB memory module I purchased from Crucial.

    The Belarc Advisor will tell you everything about your system
    and your memory status.

    From there, determine what memory you already have, go to the
    Crucial site and follow the step-by-step procedure.

    TIP: If you only have 128MB now, add a 512MB into the empty slot to
    bring your total RAM to 640MB (more is better).
    Or, better yet, replace the 128MB with a second 512MB for
    a total of 1024MB.

    Once you place the order with Crucial, there will be a link
    to an installation guide (if you need it).
    You should also be able to check your computer's User's Guide
    for upgrade instructions.

    Telstar :)
     
  6. myles

    myles Thread Starter

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    Board: Compaq 054Ch
    Serial Number: H011DBW70014
    Bus Clock: 66 megahertz
    BIOS: Compaq 686J1 v1.10 08/12/1999




    i dont have any of the info books for this computer.


    thanks for the help people
     
  7. Arcadion

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    I'm 95% sure that what you'll want is a 256MB PC133 double-sided SDRAM DIMM. It should have 8 chips on each side (total of 16). From the age of your machine I doubt that it'll take a 512MB DIMM.
     
  8. Bryan

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    Since you have a Compaq I'd suggest that you just goto the site below and follow the prompts to find the memory you need ...


    www.crucial.com
     
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