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    fus1_n
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    Default SD-RAM in old dell

    I have an old dell which has 128 MB of RAM. I decided to increase it but found out it does not take generic RAM (the hard way). As far as I know the only RAM that would work is RAM made by Dell themselves (****). but they prices are a bit steep ($210 for 256MB PC133 ouch!) is there any alternate would
    Kingston RAM work?

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    somebody
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    As long as you buy PC133 RAM it theoretically will fit. As far as I'm aware, Dell etc. do not design RAM so that only theirs will fit. It's just a matter of getting the righ TYPE of ram - SDRAM, DDR SDRAM, RDRAM etc. with the correct number of pins and speed.

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    Fatcam
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    How many chips did the RAM you tired have? If 8 try getting a hold of a stick of RAM that has 16chips.

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    metla
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    Fatcam is on the money, you most probably bought ram with the wrong density chips.

    Even Dell haven’t gone so far as to use propriety ram..............yet.

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    fus1_n
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    I tried 16 chip double sided stuff (it worked in my friends comp)

  6. #6
    fus1_n
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    What does the density in chips mean? How many MB there is in each chip?

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    tweak\'e
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    >What does the density in chips mean? How many MB there is in each chip?

    yes,basicly.

    what model pc is it? did you check the max size it will take?

    sometimes they can be fussy exspecially if you are useing multiable ram sticks.

    also check what memory times the pc is set to (tho i doubt compaq will have any adjustability).

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    fus1_n
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    dis is what it needs:
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Architecture non-ECC PC133 SDRAM
    Memory sockets two; gold contacts
    Memory capacities 64, 128, and 256 MB (non-ECC)
    Minimum memory 64 MB (non-ECC)
    Maximum memory 512 MB (non-ECC)
    Frequency 133 MHz
    Clock cycle 7.5 ns (supports 4 clocks only)
    CAS latency 3
    SPD revision 1.2 A
    Buffering unbuffered
    Voltage 3.3 V
    Data bus width 64 bits
    ------------------------------------------------------
    What does this really mean?

    I tried the single stick in by itself, bit it still didn't work :-(

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    andrew93
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    Do you have the spec's for the 128Mb stick of RAM that did work?

    I'm guessing single-sided 8-chip PC133 CL3 128Mb SD-RAM (if it is original Dell RAM then the spec's should be printed on the edge of the chip-side of the stick) - I've found with some PC's that you need to be using identical RAM (in design, rather than brand) so my advice would be to try any stick of RAM with the same spec's.

    If your PC fires up but hangs (I'm not sure what "found out the hard way" means) or blue screens etc then it could be a problem with the RAM itself - i.e. the RAM may be faulty (rather than incompatible), if so test the RAM (one stick in the PC at a time) with any of the free online RAM testers - I personally recommend MemTest86 (sorry don't have the link at the mo' but you'll find it thru Google)

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    fus1_n
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    Default Re: SD-RAM in old dell

    The cheeper ram I got was probably not CL3, I guess. I cant be bothered ripping apart the darn dell case at the moment.

    When I put the 256 mb stick in the mb just beeped at me like i had put plastic in the DIMM slots.

    i dont have any floppies for the memtest thing

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