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Memory Installation Help

By Silvo72
Dec 15, 2005
  1. Right now, I have two 256 MB memory sticks in my computer and four total slots. I'm trying to upgrade to 2 gigs memory with four 512's. I'm not incredibly computer-smart, so this might be a stupid question, but when I'm installing my four new sticks, I can just take out the two old ones (the original ones that the computer came with), right? Or will my computer break on me?

    Really, sorry if this is a stupid question, but better safe than sorry, right?
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    As long as your motherboard supports 2 gigs and the RAM is the correct type and is compatible with the mobo, yes, it should be okay.
     
  3. werty316

    werty316 TS Rookie Posts: 185

    Just take a hammer and bang away hehe jk. No you should be fine just put the sticks in the extra slots and there you go. Make sure they add up right to during bootup.
     
  4. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    While I have a topic going, will anything go wrong if I put in two 1 gig sticks instead of the four 512's? I hear that generally it's better to match all of your RAM, but this would give me 2.5 gigs instead of just 2. So, basically, which is best: four 512's, two 1 gigs alone, or my original two 256's and two new 1 gigs?
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    What motherboard do you have?
     
  6. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Biostar P4TSV
     
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    in short, yes. Make sure your new memory is the same brand and type and will work with your motherboard. RTFM.
     
  8. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Do you mean 'yes" as in, "Yes, something WILL go wrong" or "Yes, it's better to match ALL the RAM you have" or "Yes, the 2.5 gigs would work best as long as the two new sticks are the same brand and type."

    Really, I'm sorry I'm being so... picky with this, I'm just trying to keep myself from breaking my computer. Thanks in advance.

    Btw, I have absolutely no idea what RTFM means :confused:
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    yes as in replace ALL your existing sticks with 4 new sticks of same brand & type OR

    add 2 new sticks that match the same brand and type that you currently have
     
  10. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    IF YOU plan to have 2gig, I would strongly recommend go for 2x1gig as the price differnece of the 2x1gig and 4x512 is not that big, having 2x1gig is much better setup and sometimes runs faster (amd system runs command 1T with 2x1gig while 2T with 4x512mb).
     
  11. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think I'm gonna take out my two 256's and put in two new Corsair 1 gigs. Thanks for all the help guys
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    just make sure you RTFM when installing the sticks and put them in the right slots for DDR functionality

    you can sell your old sticks on ebay for some $
     
  13. Silvo72

    Silvo72 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    RTFM = Read the F'in manual? Will do
     
  14. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    yes. RTFM - Read the F*ing Manual.

    heh heh
     
  15. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Posts: 96

    Rizam

    i have my own question about RAM
    i have a dell dimension 2400...yeah go ahead and laugh :rolleyes:
    i have the stock 256 mb ram and am looking to add some...
    can i just buy a stick of 512 and slap in there or will that require me to take out my 256?

    help would be appreciated
    thanks :cool:
     
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    dell is very particular about ram. Go to the Crucial website and download their memory scanner. See if it will accept non-dell ram.

    if so, then yes. If your computer is a laptop, get 1gb instead. it saves battery life and wear and tear on your hard drive. Memory additions are even more effective with laptops.

    most laptops have 2 slots for SODIM memory. just add another stick or take out the 256mb stick you got and put in two 512mb sticks.

    but check to see if you can use memory other than dell.
     
  17. meNOname

    meNOname TS Rookie Posts: 96

    its a desktop..thanks for the site and telling me about the memory scanner...
    just trying to get the most out of this PC
     
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